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Sacha Pfeiffer

Correspondent, Investigations

Sacha Pfeiffer is a correspondent for NPR's Investigations team and an occasional guest host for some of NPR's national shows.

Pfeiffer came to NPR from The Boston Globe's investigative Spotlight team, whose stories on the Catholic Church's cover-up of clergy sex abuse won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, among other honors. That reporting is the subject of the movie Spotlight, which won the 2016 Oscar for Best Picture.

Pfeiffer was also a senior reporter and host of All Things Considered and Radio Boston at WBUR in Boston, where she won a national 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award for broadcast reporting. While at WBUR, she was also a guest host for NPR's nationally syndicated On Point and Here & Now.

At The Boston Globe, where she worked for nearly 18 years, Pfeiffer also covered the court system, legal industry and nonprofit/philanthropic sector; produced investigative series on topics such as financial abuses by private foundations, shoddy home construction and sexual misconduct in the modeling industry; helped create a multi-episode podcast, Gladiator, about the life and death of NFL player Aaron Hernandez; and wrote for the food section, travel pages and Boston Globe Magazine. She shared the George Polk Award for National Reporting, Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, among other honors.

At WBUR, where she worked for about seven years, Pfeiffer also anchored election coverage, debates, political panels and other special events. She came to radio as a senior reporter covering health, science, medicine and the environment, and her on-air work received numerous awards from the Radio & Television News Directors Association and the Associated Press.

From 2004-2005, Pfeiffer was a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University, where she studied at Stanford Law School. She is a co-author of the book Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church and has taught journalism at Boston University's College of Communication.

She has a bachelor's degree in English and history, magna cum laude, and a master's degree in education, both from Boston University, as well as an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Cooper Union.

Pfeiffer got her start in journalism as a reporter at The Dedham Times in Massachusetts. She is also a volunteer English language tutor for adult immigrants.

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Thursday

Will the generational divide on support for Israel impact the presidential election?

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Friday

Woodpeckers are known for banging on wood, but some individuals living in urban environments also bang on metal. Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images hide caption

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Woodpeckers aiming to make a lot of noise, switch from wood to metal

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Tuesday

Woodpeckers aiming to make a lot of noise, switch from wood to metal

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Tuesday

An American family is home after years in a Syrian camp for ISIS militants' relatives

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A woman carries a child as she walks through the al-Hol refugee camp in northeastern Syria in October 2023. Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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After years in a Syrian ISIS camp, a 10-person American family is back in the U.S.

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Friday

Remembering Frans de Waal, who studied empathy and emotion in primates

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Mexico could strong-arm Biden over Texas' immigration law SB4

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Netanyahu wants 'total victory' over Hamas. What would that even look like?

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Wednesday

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A divided town and politics vs. science: Michael Imperioli on why his play resonates

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Tuesday

Jennine Capó Crucet aimed to write an elegy of Miami in new 'Scarface'-inspired novel

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Monday

Actor Michael Imperioli talks 'An enemy of the People' and its modern parallels

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How six more years under Putin will shape the war in Ukraine

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Monday

Fighters ride in a vehicle moving in a military convoy accompanying the governor of Sudan's Darfur State on Aug. 30, 2023. AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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An account from the frontline of 'the largest displacement of children on the planet'

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Friday

What's at stake for San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII

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Thousands of Palestinians try to survive Israel strikes on Rafah

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Thursday

Why playing football appeals to families in spite of dangers

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A first-hand account from the frontline of the humanitarian crisis in Sudan and Chad

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Empty office buildings litter cities, but real estate expert says expect change soon

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Wednesday

No good options for Supreme Court in Trump ballot case

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Tuesday

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema outlines border deal negotiations

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Monday

How nicotine pouches became the latest political battle

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Thursday

In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Military Police guard detainees in orange jumpsuits on Jan. 11, 2002 at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. U.S. Navy/Getty Images hide caption

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Guantánamo Bay is still open. This week, pressure ramped up to close it

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Wednesday

Why did some companies repay PPP loans that could have been forgiven?

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