Barbara Van Woerkom Barbara Van Woerkom is a producer for NPR's Investigations team.
Barbara Van Woerkom
Stories By

Barbara Van Woerkom

Brian Naylor/NPR
Barbara Van Woerkom
Brian Naylor/NPR

Barbara Van Woerkom

Producer, Investigations

Barbara Van Woerkom is a researcher and producer with the Investigations team. She is a master at digging up documents, finding obscure people and answering all manner of research questions. Van Woerkom has been a part of several award-winning series, including "Guilty and Charged," which focused on excessive fees in the criminal justice system that target the poor; "Lost Mothers," an examination of the maternal mortality crisis in America; and "Abused and Betrayed," which brought to light the high rate of sexual assault on people with intellectual disabilities. She also won a Peabody Award for a series on soldiers who were deliberately exposed to mustard gas by the U.S. military during World War II, locating hundreds more affected veterans than the Department of Veterans Affairs was able to find.

Van Woerkom began as a news research librarian at NPR, helping reporters, producers, and editors across all desks and divisions track down information. She got her start at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, where she worked with national and international journalists based in the DC bureaus.

[+] read more[-] less

Story Archive

Medical workers prepare to use a swab to administer a coronavirus test at a drive-through center on March 21 in Jericho, N.Y. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Despite Early Warnings, U.S. Took Months To Expand Swab Production For COVID-19 Test

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/853930147/854879139" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A Bank of America sign is displayed at a branch in New York on April 10, 2020. Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Small Business Rescue Earned Banks $10 Billion In Fees

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/840678984/840717921" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript