Sasha Chavkin is an investigative reporter specializing in the environment, Latin America and public corruption. He is currently a 2022 Rainforest Investigations Network Fellow covering deforestation for NBC News and the Pulitzer Center.
From 2013 to 2020, Sasha was a reporter for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. At ICIJ, he investigated topics including the global medical device industry, offshore secrecy and forced displacement caused by World Bank development projects. His stories have led to the worldwide recall of Allergan breast implants associated with elevated cancer risks, a reorganization and budget increase for enforcement of the World Bank's social and environmental safeguards, and the forgiveness of billions of dollars in federal student debt held by disabled former students who had been trapped by a flawed Education Department program.
In 2020, Sasha was on a team named as Pulitzer Prize finalists for the FinCEN Files, a project on the role of global banks in industrial-scale money laundering. His story on how Western banks helped Venezuelan tycoons move billions of dollars in public money out of a collapsing economy was part of the submission recognized by the Pulitzer judges. Sasha has also shared in honors including the George Polk Award, the Investigative Reporters & Editors award, the Barlett & Steele Gold Award and the Overseas Press Club award. He was a 2021-22 Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and holds a dual masters degree in journalism and international affairs from Columbia University
A list of Sasha's awards and fellowships is below. You can follow or contact Sasha on Twitter (DMs are open) at @sashachavkin.