Richard Esposito is an award-winning American journalist and author who has more than 30 years of experience as a television, digital, and newspaper reporter, editor, and news executive, most recently as the senior executive producer of the NBC News Investigative Unit.
With a specific expertise in national security and criminal justice journalism, his more recent accomplishments include the eight-month-long Edward Snowden investigative effort that culminated in 2014 with an hour-long TV interview with Snowden by NBC News, a first for U.S. TV.
Immediately prior to joining NBC, he had been senior investigative reporter for ABC News, where during his 11 1/2 years his achievements included leading the George Polk Award-winning investigation into the CIA’s global network of secret prisons and the “enhanced interrogation” techniques.
A five-time Emmy award winner, in 2015 Esposito and his NBC team were awarded top honors by the Society of Professional Journalists for their investigation into U.S. Navy helicopters with an unusually high accident rate that led to the deaths of a number of pilots. His other honors include a shared 2012 Peabody for his leadership in ABC’s “Superstorm Sandy” coverage, the 2012 Murrow Award for his work in reporting the death of Osama bin Laden, and a 2014 Murrow for NBC’s Boston Marathon coverage. He also shares in a Pulitzer Prize for his role in New York Newsday’s coverage of a fatal subway crash in 1992.
Esposito began as a copy boy at the New York Daily News and has run metropolitan news operations at two of the largest newspapers in America — New York Newsday, where he rose to city editor, and the New York Daily News, where he was metropolitan editor and editor of the Sunday edition.
Esposito is the co-author of the books “Bomb Squad: A Year Inside the Nation’s Most Exclusive Police Unit” and “Dead on Delivery: Inside the Drug Wars.”