The PBS Frontline television documentary, Rape on the Night Shift, explored the sexual abuses committed against the mostly undocumented, frequently trafficked women who clean offices, businesses and malls after the day shift goes home. It followed an earlier Frontline, Rape in the Fields, about the sexual abuse of female farmworkers in California, which won many national and international awards. Our guest, Daffodil Altan worked as an investigative reporter and producer on both projects.
Daffodil Altan is an Emmy-nominated documentary producer, print journalist, and occasional radio reporter at UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program. Most recently, she produced the Frontline/Univision documentary, ”Rape on the Night Shift,” a film, radio and print collaboration between the IRP, Reveal at The Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED, which investigated the hidden reality of rape on the job for women janitors in the U.S. The film won the Investigative Reporters and Editors award for best Broadcast/Video in 2016, led to the passage of a new state law in California, and was nominated for two national Emmys. Previously she was a producer at Reveal for the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she co-produced the Emmy-nominated Telemundo/MSNBC documentary, “Batalla en La Frontera/Clash at the Border,” and where her multimedia reporting on teen solitary confinement at Rikers Island earned her an Emmy nomination and was part of a wave of renewed coverage that led to the banning of solitary confinement for teens at the New York City jail.
Her print, radio and production credits include: Frontline, Univision, MSNBC, Telemundo, KQED, Reveal, the PBS NewsHour, The Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, the OC Weekly (where she was a staff writer), and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She has received awards for her work from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., the Society of Professional Journalists, The San Francisco International Film Festival, the Los Angeles Press Club and the Imagen Foundation. She has a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley.