Robin McDowell

Robin McDowell

Reporter
Associated Press
Seafood from Slaves: A conversation with Robin McDowell

Robin McDowell was part of an Associated Press team that has earned multiple awards for a series of stories that showed how seafood sold in U.S. grocery stores and restaurants had been produced as a result of slave labor. “Seafood From Slaves,” by Esther Htusan, Margie Mason, Robin McDowell and Martha Mendoza, shook the $7 billion-a-year Thai seafood export industry. The journalists not only tracked down captives and documented their conditions; they followed specific loads of slave-caught seafood to supply chains of particular brands and stores. The reports have led to a dozen arrests, millions of dollars' worth of seizures and proposals for new federal laws. Currently based in Minnesota, Robin spent nearly two decades in Southeast Asia with AP. She was chief correspondent in Cambodia in the mid-1990s, covering everything from the final days of the Khmer Rouge to a bloody military coup. She helped launch AP's regional editing desk in Bangkok, Thailand, and spent six years as bureau chief in Indonesia, reporting on issues including Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist attacks to jetliner crashes and earthquakes. In 2013, she helped set up Myanmar's first foreign news agency. www.ap.org