Award-winning journalist tells a few stories on 'Conversations'

Journalists are tasked with uncovering the truth, but not every reporter has what it takes to rise to the top of the field. The very best correspondents work tirelessly to expose corruption, sometimes risking their own lives in order to bring home the news. Brian Ross is such a reporter. Ross, an investigative correspondent for ABC News, has spent decades digging up the good, the bad and the ugly, and has received numerous awards for his work. In the next episode of “Conversations from Penn State,” Ross talks about scams, scandals and scoundrels – and what motivates the people who are involved in that lifestyle.

“There are people who have no conscience, there are some who are greedy, and there are others who get caught up in a system that can't get out of, and they benefit from it so they don't challenge it,” Ross said.

The show will air at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13, on WPSU-TV. It also will air at noon on Monday, Jan. 31, on the Big Ten Network.

Brian Ross is ABS News’ chief investigative correspondent. Since joining ABC in 1994, Ross has reported for "20/20," "Good Morning America," "World News with Diane Sawyer" and "Nightline." He also reports for ABC News Radio and "The Blotter" on ABCNEWS.com. Prior to ABC News, Ross worked for NBC News as a reporter for "NBC Nightly News" and "Dateline NBC." His reports on human rights abuses and governmental corruption have exposed misconducts and lead to reforms both domestically and internationally. Throughout his career, Ross has been honored with 12 Emmys, six DuPont awards, five Peabody awards and five Polk awards, among many others.

The show also can be viewed at http://conversations.psu.edu/ online.

"Conversations from Penn State" is a series hosted by veteran interviewer Patty Satalia. The program offers thoughtful, in-depth exchanges with a broad range of remarkable people. In many cases, their trailblazing work has advanced their field and drawn national and worldwide attention. For more than 20 years, Satalia has engaged dynamic individuals from all walks of life and areas of expertise. No matter the guest, she approaches each conversation with the same dedication to research and with a passion for helping people share their stories and insights with the world.

WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. Its public media services produce, acquire and distribute programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of an audience within central Pennsylvania.

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Katelynn Levanduski

Last Updated March 21, 2011