January 29, 2012
Emerson Brown, NPR




NPR News has hired longtime investigative reporter and editor Robert Little to lead its investigative team, beginning March 4th. As senior editor for investigations, Little will work with reporters, producers and editors to develop investigative stories, and will oversee NPR's partnerships with other non-profit news organizations doing high-level investigative work.

"We have serious ambition for NPR's investigative work and Bob brings a powerful set of skills to the task. He has deep investigative experience and an impressive track record on that front," said Margaret Low Smith, NPR Senior Vice President of News. "In addition, he has high level newsroom leadership know-how and broad domestic and international reporting experience."

Little spent 15 years at The Baltimore Sun; since 2010, he's been the paper's Investigative and Enterprise Editor. Under Little's leadership, The Sun recently published a series of articles uncovering widespread flaws in Baltimore's speed camera network, which has since been shut down. Before that, his team created a unique database of tax records that exposed millions of dollars in improper discounts. Little also designed and launched the watchdog blog Sun Investigates, and oversaw the newsroom's training program for computer-assisted reporting, and ethics and libel law. As one of The Sun's senior editors, he managed the organization's main newsgathering departments and played a leading role in guiding all of its coverage and in planning the daily newspaper.

Little started at the paper as a reporter in 2003. He covered breaking news and enterprise stories across the country and around the world, including two assignments in Iraq, a posting to the Pentagon, the landfall and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and stories from Russia, Haiti, Europe and the Middle East. His stories about trauma care in combat prompted the U.S. Army to distribute tourniquets to every deployed soldier and Marine worldwide. He's won numerous local and national journalism awards, including the George Polk Award for his Iraq coverage. Prior to The Baltimore Sun, Little reported for The Carroll County Times and The Virginian-Pilot.

NPR's award winning Investigative work includes Brain Wars, an ongoing examination of traumatic brain injury and the military; Black Lung Returns to Coal Country, exploring the factors leading to a resurgence of the disease in miners; and Poisoned Places, making public for the first time an EPA watch list that includes serious or chronic Clean Air Act violators. NPR reaches a growing audience of more than 26 million listeners weekly; to find local stations and broadcast times for NPR programs, visit www.npr.org