A report from the Center for Investigative Reporting and NPR’s Daniel Zwerdling and about efforts to spot terrorist activity at the Mall of America near Minneapolis, where security officials stop 1,200 people each year.  

Daniel Zwerdling

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 Postthe 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.

Andrew Becker is a reporter for Reveal, covering border, national and homeland security issues, as well as weapons and gun trafficking. He has focused on waste, fraud and abuse – with stories ranging from border corruption to the expanding use of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles, from the militarization of police to the intersection of politics and policy related to immigration, from terrorism to drug trafficking. Becker's reporting has appeared in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Newsweek/The Daily Beast and on National Public Radio and PBS/FRONTLINE, among others. He received a master's degree in journalism from UC Berkeley. Becker is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.

Monica Lam is a documentary film and television producer who has traveled on five continents producing, reporting, and shooting for the NewsHour, Frontline, Frontline/WORLD and other PBS programs as well as Swiss television and MSNBC. She has won an Emmy for her work and was cinematographer of an Oscar-nominated short documentary. Monica has written for the Daily Californian, San Francisco Chronicle, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Hyphen magazine and was the founding editor of Berkeley Patch, a daily hyperlocal news site. She studied urban planning at Stanford University and received her masters in journalism from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

G.W. Schulz is a reporter for Reveal, covering security, privacy, technology and criminal justice. Since joining The Center for Investigative Reporting in 2008, he's reported stories for NPR, KQED, Wired.com, The Dallas Morning News, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones and more. Prior to that, he wrote for the San Francisco Bay Guardian and was an early contributor to The Chauncey Bailey Project, which won a Tom Renner Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors in 2008. Schulz also has won awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California Chapter. He graduated from the University of Kansas and is based in Austin, Texas.