Bio: Ellen Gabler is a reporter and assistant editor on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s investigative team. She recently reported on shortcomings with clinical laboratories, including a lack of transparency in the quality of labs and accrediting organizations that oversee them. In reporting the article, Gabler spent months battling for records to ascertain what was happening in labs across the country. Her previous reporting on flaws in the nation’s newborn screening program led to reforms in hospitals and states throughout the country. For that story, Gabler spent five months fighting for newborn screening data from all 50 states, many of which refused to provide it. Her analysis of more than 3 million tests from those that did provide data showed life-threatening problems with the first test given to nearly every baby born in the United States.
A native of Eau Claire, WI, Gabler graduated from Emory University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is on the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), an international journalism organization, and received the 2013 Livingston Award for Young Journalists in National Reporting, as well as several other national awards.