Daffodil Altan is a four-time Emmy-nominated documentary producer, investigative journalist, and occasional radio reporter. Most recently, she directed, wrote and was the correspondent for the FRONTLINE documentary, “Trafficked in America,” which tells the inside story of Guatemalan teens who were forced to work against their will on an Ohio egg farm. She produced the FRONTLINE/Univision documentary, “Rape on the Night Shift,” a film, radio and print collaboration between the IRP, Reveal at The Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED, which investigated the hidden reality of rape on the job for women janitors in the U.S. The film won the Investigative Reporters and Editors award for best Broadcast/Video in 2016, led to the passage of a new state law in California, and was nominated for two national Emmys. Previously she was a producer at Reveal for the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she co-produced the Emmy-nominated Telemundo/MSNBC documentary, “Batalla en La Frontera/Clash at the Border,” and where her multimedia reporting on teen solitary confinement at Rikers Island earned her an Emmy nomination and was part of a wave of renewed coverage that led to the banning of solitary confinement for teens at the New York City jail.
Her print, radio and production credits include: Frontline, Univision, MSNBC, Telemundo, KQED, Reveal, the PBS NewsHour, The Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, the OC Weekly (where she was a staff writer), and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She has received awards for her work from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., the Society of Professional Journalists, The Third Coast Audio Festival, The San Francisco International Film Festival, the Los Angeles Press Club and the Imagen Foundation. She has a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley where she is also a lecturer.