NPR’s Daniel Zwerdling interviews Dale Watson, a former FBI counterterrorism assistant director, who questions the value of collecting suspicious activity reports. “What value does it add in the long run? More dots – more dots that you can’t connect anyway. … The more data you put into a system, the more the probability it can get clogged up.”
Daniel Zwerdling is a correspondent in NPR's Investigations Unit whose acclaimed investigative and documentary reports appear on all of NPR's major news shows. Zwerdling's stories have repeatedly attracted national attention and generated national action.
Zwerdling has won the most prestigious awards in broadcasting, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University, Peabody, George Polk, Edward R. Murrow, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Robert F. Kennedy and DART awards for investigative reporting. He has won the Overseas Press Club Foundation award for live coverage of breaking international news, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award, the National Press Club Award for consumer reporting, the Ohio State award for international reporting, the James Beard award for reporting on the food industry and the Champion-Tuck Award for economic reporting.
From 2002 to 2004, he was NPR's television correspondent on PBS's “NOW with Bill Moyers.” Prior to his television work, Zwerdling was senior host of NPR's “Weekend All Things Considered,” a post he held from 1993-1999. For more than a decade, Zwerdling covered environmental, health, science and development issues facing developing countries as an investigative reporter for NPR News.
Before joining NPR in 1980, Zwerdling worked as a staff writer at The New Republic and as a freelance reporter. His work has appeared in national publications,including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Review of Books. Zwerdling has served as an adjunct professor of media ethics in the communications department at American University in Washington, D.C., and as an associate of the Bard College Institute for Language and Thinking in New York. His book “Workplace Democracy” is still used in colleges across the country. He also contributes occasionally to Gourmet.More by Daniel Zwerdling