Len Tepper

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New York (state)
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materCity University of New York
  • Executive Director
  • CBS News Investigations
  • 2001 – Emmy Award: “ABC News Post 9/11 Investigation”
  • 2001 – Peabody Award: “Coverage of September 11th"
  • 2016 – Emmy Award: "Wounded Warrior"

Len Tepper is an American investigative journalist currently serving as Executive Director, CBS News Investigations at CBS News.


While in college at the City University of New York, prior to graduating in 1976, Tepper joined WNBC. He produced local investigative stories, the most well known detailing construction cost overruns on projects such as Yankee Stadium, the Water Tunnel #3 and Seton Park in the Bronx. Along with Chris Wallace and Bret Marcus, the team won the Peabody Award for their investigative reports.

NBC News

In 1982 Tepper went on to work for NBC News where he covered law enforcement. In 1985 he broke the The Commission (mafia). The story detailed how state and federal agents bugged the homes and vehicles of the top Mafia Bosses of New York's Five Families. Two weeks later the US Attorney for the Southern District in New York indicted them. Tepper also covered the Colombo crime family, the Pizza Connection Trial and the John Gotti trials.

In 1985 Len Tepper broke Pittsburgh drug trials where eleven Major League baseball players were suspended for cocaine usage. The players were granted immunity in exchange for their testimony. The Pittsburgh drug trials are considered one of baseball's biggest all-time scandals.

Tepper also covered the Wall Street Insider Trading scandals including the Michael Milken and Ivan Boesky federal cases.

ABC News

In 1997 Tepper joined the ABC World News Tonight Investigative Unit. He contributed to two Peabody and two Emmy Awards exposing government waste and international terrorism. Tepper covered 9/11 and was the producer for the 1998, John Miller exclusive interview with Usama Bin Laden[1]. He also covered the Madoff investment scandal for ABC News and traveled to Nigeria for 20/20 stories on the prolific Advance-fee scam: “Mugus and Masters.”[2]

CBS News

In 2009, Tepper joined CBS News’ Investigative Unit as Chief of Investigative Projects[3]. His stories were featured on CBS Evening News, CBS this Morning and 60 Minutes. He also contributed to CBS News’ coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and the terrorist attacks in November 2015 Paris attacks, 2016 Brussels bombings, and 2016 Nice truck attack. In November 2013, Len Tepper and the investigative team was cited in a Politico story[4] for having excellent sources inside the FBI.

In 2012, Tepper was named Senior Producer in charge of the CBS News Investigative Unit. In 2015, he was promoted to Supervising Senior Producer. Under his guidance CBS News won the prestigious 2015 George Polk Awards and Emmy for Compounding Pharmacy Fraud[5]. In addition, the unit has won numerous awards including the 2016 Emmy for Investigative reporting in a Regular Scheduled Newscast for Wounded Warrior, the 2017 Edward R. Murrow Award (Radio Television Digital News Association) for Genetic testing Gold Rush, and the 2017 Emmy for Investigative Report in a regular scheduled Newscast, ”U.S Air Force Academy Sexual Assault.”[6] In June 2017, Tepper assisted with live updates to a shooting in a Bronx hospital.[7]

In September of 2020 Tepper has been promoted to Executive Director, CBS News Investigations, overseeing the Investigative Unit.[8]

Awards and Honors

  • 1977 – Peabody Award “WNBC, F.I.N.D Investigative Reports a part of NewsCenter
  • 2001 – Emmy Award: “ABC News Post 9/11 Investigation”
  • 2001 – Peabody Award: “Coverage of September 11th"
  • 2001 – Sigma Delta Chi Award and Bronze Medallion (New York City award)
  • 2006 – Emmy Award: "Conduct Unbecoming"
  • 2006 – Peabody Award: "Conduct Unbecoming"
  • 2007 – National Headliner Award Nigerian 4019 scam: "Mugus and Masters"
  • 2008 – RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award: "Pharmacy Errors"[9]
  • 2012/2013 – Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award
  • 2013 – Emmy Award for CBS coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombing
  • 2015 – Emmy Award: "Compounding Pharmacy Drug Fraud"
  • 2016 – Emmy Award: "Wounded Warrior"
  • 2017 – Edward R Murrow Award: "Genetic testing Gold Rush"
  • 2017 – Emmy Award: "US Air Force Academy Sexual Assault"
  • 2019 - Society of Professional Journalist Sigma Delta Chi Award and Bronze Medallion “Billion Dollar Medicare Fraud Expose”


  1. Miller, John (2016-09-09). "Greetings, America. My Name is Osama bin Laden". Esquire. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  2. "Nigerian Letter or "419" Fraud". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  3. April 2009, Alex Weprin 13. "CBS Taps Tepper For Investigations". Broadcasting Cable. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  4. Byers, Dylan. "The '60 Minutes' breakdown". POLITICO. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  5. Axelrod, Jim; R, Emily; May 5, CBS News; 2015; Pm, 7:22. ""Free" pain meds for veterans cost taxpayers big bucks". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved 2020-09-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. December 11, CBS News; 2017; Am, 7:37. "Current and former cadets speak out on sexual assault at Air Force Academy". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved 2020-09-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. Griffin, David. "Multiple People Shot At New York's Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Cops Say". www.newson6.com. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  8. "CBS Promotes Len Tepper to Executive Director, CBS News Investigative Unit". adweek.it. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  9. "CBS Evening News Wins Murrow for Best Newscast". www.adweek.com. Retrieved 2020-09-03.

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