Chris Worthington, Madeleine Baran, Sasha Aslanian, and Mike Edgerly from MPR News on the red carpet before accepting the 2014 Peabody Award for Betrayed by Silence.

Madeleine Baran is an American investigative journalist. She is best known as the lead reporter for the APM podcast In the Dark. She has received accolades including three Peabody Awards, a Gracie Award and two Sigma Delta Chi Awards for her reporting.[1][2][3]

Life and career

Baran is from Milwaukee.[4] She studied at Hampshire College and New York University, where she received a master’s degree in journalism and French studies.[5]

Baran worked at Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) for six-and-half years.[6] In 2013 and 2014, she led MPR’s coverage of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ sex abuse scandals in a radio documentary Betrayed by Silence.[6] Her reporting led to the resignation of the archbishop, criminal charges against the archdiocese, and lawsuits by victims of clergy sex abuse.[4][3] She received a Peabody Award and a 2014 Gracie Award for Outstanding Investigative Program or Feature for the coverage.[7][8]

Baran is the host and lead reporter of the podcast In the Dark, produced by American Public Media.[4] It was named one of "The Best New Podcasts of 2016" by The New York Times.[9] In 2020, season 2 of In the Dark won the Radio Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association and Baran received the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award for excellence in journalism in the public service (2020).[3][10] Seasons one and two of In the Dark each received a Peabody Award.[8]


  1. ^ Larson, Sarah (2018-06-01). "Why "In the Dark" May Be the Best Podcast of the Year". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  2. ^ Atad, Corey (2016-11-07). "In the Dark Host Madeleine Baran Explains How the Year's Best True-Crime Podcast Was Made". Esquire. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  3. ^ a b c "APMReports - Madeleine Baran". Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  4. ^ a b c Lambert, Brian (2016-09-02). "Reporter Madeleine Baran on APM Reports' new Wetterling podcast: 'I kept asking the same question: Why wasn't this solved?'". MINNPOST. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  5. ^ "Madeleine Baran". Third Coast International Audio Festival. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  6. ^ a b Green, Elon (2016-12-22). "Q&A: Madeleine Baran on reinvestigating the Jacob Wetterling abduction". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  7. ^ "MPR News Wins Prestigious National Journalism Award for its Investigative Reporting of the Twin Cities Archdiocese". Minnesota Public Radio. 2014-12-16. Retrieved 2021-05-30.
  8. ^ a b "Podcast 'In the Dark' wins Peabody award". MPR News. 25 April 2017. Retrieved 2021-05-30.
  9. ^ Hess, Amanda (2016-12-06). "The Best New Podcasts of 2016". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  10. ^ Robert, Amanda (2020-05-20). "Silver Gavel Awards honor works on jailing pregnant women, judicial indiscretion". ABA Journal. Retrieved 2020-05-21.