Ron Nixon is global investigations editor at the Associated Press where he oversees the news agency’s investigative unit. Nixon received the inaugural 2021 News Leader of the Year award from the News Leaders Association.
He has overseen investigations that have won a number of national and international awards including: A Pulitzer finalist in investigative reporting, the Worth Bingham Award for Investigative reporting, the Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting, an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the 2021 Joe and Laurie Dine Award from the Overseas Press Club and the Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics, a Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award, the Society of Publishers in Asia award, and the Human Rights Press Award, to name a few.
He oversaw a 2019 investigation in collaboration with PBS Frontline that won a national News and Documentary Emmy for an in-depth look into the record-breaking numbers of migrant children in detention under President Trump. A collaboration with Frontline in 2020 won an IRE award for an investigation into the impact of Covid-19 on the global medical supply chain.
Nixon joined the AP in 2019 from The New York Times Washington bureau, where he was homeland security correspondent, covering border and aviation security, immigration, cybercrime and cyber security, transnational crime, and violent extremism.
He has reported from Rwanda, Uganda, Belgium, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Senegal, Mozambique, Burundi, Kenya, El Salvador, the United Kingdom, Peru, Brazil, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is the author of the book Selling Apartheid: Apartheid South Africa’s Global Propaganda War.
Nixon is also co-founder of the Ida b Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a news trade organization with a mission of increasing the ranks, retention, and profile of reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting.
In 2015, Ron co-founded TruthBeTold.news, a non-profit, non-partisan fact-checking website and digital network, run and edited from Howard University’s Department of Media, Journalism, and Film in the School of Communication.
Ron is currently the visiting associate for Journalism and Media Studies at The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Nixon is a Marine Corps infantry veteran who saw combat in the 1990 Persian Gulf War. He was part of the U.S. Marine Corps Security Forces Battalion at Norfolk, the security and counterterrorism unit of the Corps.