Senior Executive Producer, Investigations, NBC News
Phone: (212) 664-6176
Areas of Interest
Decentralized domestic intelligence gathering
Richard Esposito is the Senior Executive Producer, Investigative Unit, NBC News. In this role he helps guide and manage the network’s overall investigative direction. He works with the roster of investigative correspondents, producers, and reporters across all broadcasts and platforms of the NBCUniversal News Group, including “Today,” “NBC Nightly News,” “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” “Dateline,” NBCNews.com, MSNBC, CNBC, and the NBC Owned Television Stations. Esposito is a journalist with more than 25 years of newspaper and television experience, most recently as Senior Investigative Reporter for ABC News. His news gathering career began in 1977 when he was hired as a copy boy at the New York Daily News. He is a winner of the 2012 Murrow Award for his work in reporting the death of Osama bin Laden, a 2005 George Polk Award for Television Reporting as a result of his ABC News investigation into the CIA’s network of secret prisons and the intelligence agency’s harsh interrogation techniques as well as a 2006 Emmy Award for Investigative Reporting. He shares in a 2007 Peabody Award for Investigative Journalism. Esposito’s focus is on original reporting in areas including homeland security, nationalsecurity and the complex issues of the nation’s criminal justice system. He has earned numerous additional television and print journalism awards for his reporting these on issues including a 1990 Sigma Delta Chi award for his contribution to Newsday’s team coverage of the Happy Land social club arson fire that killed 87 people in the unlicensed club and an Associated Press Spot News award for his contributions as Metropolitan Editor to the coverage of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Over the course of his career, in addition to conducting his own reporting, and working as a member of several award winning reporting teams, he has overseen investigations and run the metropolitan news operations at two of the largest newspapers in America; the New York Daily News, where he was first Metropolitan Editor and later Editor of the Sunday News, and New York Newsday, where he served as City Editor. As City Editor he was a member of the newspaper’s team that won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting.
Twice he has been a member of Pulitzer Prizes nominated finalist teams; in 1980 at the New York Daily News and in 1991 at Newsday.
Esposito is the co-author with Ted Gerstein of “Bomb Squad: A Year Inside the Nation’s Most Exclusive Police Unit” (Hyperion, 2007) and of one prior non-fiction book: Dead on Delivery (Warner Books, 1992) with Drug Enforcement Administration agent Robert Stutman.. He serves on the board of the National Consortium for the Advancement of Policing, is an associate member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, a member of the Association of Intelligence Officers, and lectures on crisis communication. He lives in Manhattan.