Madeleine Baran is an investigative reporter for APM Reports and the host and lead reporter of the podcast In the Dark. Baran's work focuses on holding powerful people and institutions accountable. Her reporting has exposed flaws in law enforcement investigations, forensic science, state-run mental health institutions and other areas. In 2013 and 2014, Baran exposed a decades-long cover-up of clergy sexual abuse in the Twin Cities archdiocese. Her reporting led to the resignation of the archbishop, criminal charges against the archdiocese, and lawsuits by victims of clergy sex abuse. In 2015, the archdiocese filed for bankruptcy. Baran's reporting has also appeared on NPR and has been cited by The New York Times. Baran has received numerous national awards for her reporting, including an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, regarded as the Pulitzer Prize of broadcasting, a George Foster Peabody Award, a Gracie Award, and two national Sigma Delta Chi awards. Baran received her master's degree in Journalism and French Studies from New York University.
In the Dark is a Peabody Award-winning investigative podcast by American Public Media. In its first season, In the Dark revealed how investigators had botched one of the largest searches for a missing child in the history of the United States. In its second season, In the Dark looked at the case of Curtis Flowers, a black man in Mississippi who was sentenced to death for a quadruple murder he says he did not commit. In the Dark uncovered new evidence in the case and revealed a pattern of racial discrimination by the district attorney’s office going back decades. The information uncovered by the In The Dark is now being cited by Flowers’ lawyers in his appeal.