Rick Young

Rick Young has been working with FRONTLINE since the early '90s, reporting on a wide array of subjects -- from the environment to politics to business -- for more than 20 PBS documentaries.

In 2009, Young launched a production partnership between FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Workshop at The American University in Washington, D.C. The venture's first co-production, Flying Cheap, won a Writers Guild Award for its investigation of the regional airline industry.

For five years, Young collaborated with veteran FRONTLINE correspondent Hedrick Smith on a series of documentaries examining America's changing economic landscape. Their reports include Can You Afford to Retire?, Is Wal-Mart Good for America?, Tax Me If You Can and The Wall Street Fix.

Young was producer and correspondent of Gunrunners, a documentary about the illegal small arms trade in West Africa that premiered the PBS series FRONTLINE/World in 2002. Prior to that, he worked as a producer on FRONTLINE programs with the Kirk Documentary Group and with the Center for Investigative Reporting.

He was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University in 2007-08 and his work has garnered numerous awards, including two Emmys, Writer's Guild nominations and the Sigma Delta Chi award. Before turning to journalism, Young spent six years as an investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives.

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The Healthcare Divide
FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the growing inequities in American healthcare exposed by COVID-19.
May 18, 2021
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Plastic Wars
FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the fight over the future of plastics.
March 31, 2020
Trump's Trade War
Trump's Trade War
The inside story of President Trump’s gamble to confront China over trade.
May 7, 2019
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Blackout in Puerto Rico
FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the humanitarian and economic crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
May 1, 2018
Poverty, Politics and Profit
FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the billions spent on affordable housing, and why so few get the help they need.
May 9, 2017
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Business of Disaster
Who profits when disaster strikes? FRONTLINE and NPR investigate.
May 24, 2016
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The Trouble with Chicken
FRONTLINE investigates the spread of dangerous pathogens in our poultry, and why the food-safety system isn't stopping the threat.
May 12, 2015
The Trouble with Antibiotics
FRONTLINE investigates the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance.
October 14, 2014
On John Quinn
The veteran drug researcher featured in “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria” passed away last weekend.
October 23, 2013
Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria
FRONTLINE investigates the rise of deadly drug-resistant bacteria.
October 22, 2013
Dark Money Group's Donors Revealed
Bank records released under a court order show that Western Tradition Partnership’s donors included an Oklahoma businessman, a Colorado builder and other dark money groups linked to Ron Paul.
November 5, 2012
Dark Money Group's Bank Records Suggest Ties to Campaign Work
Records show that WTP checks were signed by an advisor to political candidates.
November 2, 2012