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Andrea McCarren's reporting has earned international attention and accolades, including 15 Emmy Awards, 2 Edward R. Murrow Awards, and national honors from both Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation. In 2006, Andrea was awarded the prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, where she developed and taught the first broadcast journalism courses in Harvard history.
Andrea's career includes covering the Clinton White House for ABC News, where she frequently traveled with the President on Air Force One. She has served as a DC-based correspondent for NBC News, and has been a local reporter and news anchor in Miami, Portland, Wichita, and Savannah. Andrea has been reporting in Washington, DC for more than two decades.
Andrea's award-winning investigative work has led to changes in state law, been shown in Congressional hearings and state legislative sessions, been used nationwide to train law enforcement and has even helped federal authorities capture a wanted fugitive.
She has traveled twice to El Salvador, documenting the MS-13 gang pipeline between the U.S. and Central America. She reported extensively on the flow of illegal immigrants from El Salvador to the Washington, DC area.
In 2009, Andrea was unexpectedly laid off from her job in a corporate downsizing, and experienced what millions of Americans have faced. She responded by creating "Project Bounce Back" to document the way other Americans handled adversity in tough economic times. With her husband, three children and a rented RV, she traveled through 21 states and covered more than 6,400 miles to find stories of inspiration, hope and reinvention. Their itinerary was determined primarily through social media.
In 2011, Andrea began investigating underage drinking and substance abuse. She produced dozens of news stories, including a series of reports that led to the arrest and conviction of a D.C. liquor store owner who was caught selling alcohol to minors. Their work attracted worldwide attention and has been recognized nationally by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and regionally with community service awards from the Keeping It Safe Coalition of Montgomery County, Maryland and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program. Andrea has been invited to speak about her landmark reporting on underage drinking at conferences across the country, including the Northwest Alcohol Conference in Boise, Idaho and at a statewide conference in Detroit, at the invitation of the Michigan Governor's office.
Andrea is a cum laude anthropology graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York and the London School of Economics in England. She was honored with the KCBS-TV Fellowship for graduate study at the University of Southern California School of Journalism. Andrea is married to Bill McCarren, the Executive Director of the National Press Club.