Tim Sandler

Vice President of Investigations, Transparentem

Tim Sandler Vice President of Investigations and Principal at Transparentem, a discreet, non-profit unit that illuminates supply chains and spurs eradication of human and environmental abuses. Sandler is a former award-winning producer for the NBC News investigative unit with extensive experience in broadcast, print, and digital media. In his more than 25 years as a journalist, he investigated human rights, environmental, and supply-chain abuses across the world. At NBC News, he developed technology-enhanced reporting strategies and conducted hidden camera and surveillance operations for enterprise reports that aired across all of NBC’s broadcast and digital platforms. He also spearheaded NBC’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle newsgathering project. Prior to joining NBC News, Sandler was a staff writer for The Boston Phoenix and United Press International. His freelance work has appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Newsweek, USA Today and other publications. Sandler’s honors include: four national Emmy awards, three Overseas Press Club of America awards, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award. He was a digital media fellow at Ohio State’s Kiplinger Program in Public affairs. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Pennsylvania State University.

Tim is speaking at

September 27, 2019
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Room 2.103, HafenCity Universität (HCU)


  • Tim Sandler (Speaker) Vice President of Investigations, Transparentem
  • Martha Mendoza (Speaker) AP National Writer, Associated Press
  • André Campos (Speaker) Journalist, Reporter Brasil
  • Peter Klein (Moderator) Executive Director, Global Reporting Centre


How do you follow consumer products from their origin in mining towns, farms, and fishing grounds on the other side of the world to supermarket shelves and clothing stores? You investigative supply chains – the networks between companies and their suppliers. They may include providers of raw material, firms that convert the material into products, storage facilities and distribution centers, and retailers who bring the ultimate product to consumers. The products are as varied as the marketplace: clothing, electronics, vehicles, food, medicine. Investigations have revealed forced labor, environmental crimes, corruption, and human rights abuses. Yet uncovering the connections can pose significant challenges. Come hear from three experts who know how to follow the trail. 

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