» BS TEL JOURNALISM, '06
» BA POLITICAL SCIENCE, '06
Bigad Shaban has covered some of the nation's biggest stories. His reporting has taken him to the front lines of major political elections, the Academy Awards, and the worst natural disasters in recent history.
As an award-winning investigative journalist for NBC Bay Area, Shaban has uncovered fraud, waste, and abuse that has prompted government hearings and changes to state and local laws. In May 2017, Shaban received the Peabody Award, broadcast journalism’s most prestigious honor. Shaban was recognized for his investigative series on the misuse of school police officers, which uncovered a disturbing trend within the education system, captured the attention of top officials at the White House, and prompted security changes across 34 schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. This year, Shaban’s reporting also earned him seven Emmy nominations.
Prior to joining the Investigate Unit, Shaban was based in Los Angeles as a correspondent for CBS News, where he led coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics as the network's only credentialed correspondent inside the London games. In 2010, Shaban was the first reporter to break the news of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig leak in the Gulf of Mexico, after the U.S. Coast Guard initially announced no such leak existed.
During his senior year at the University of Florida, while president of the Florida Cicerones, Shaban led the effort to bring back the long-lost F Book, a collection of university-based traditions that is, once again, bestowed to every incoming freshman.
Shaban was elected to the University of Florida Hall of Fame in 2006 and honored with an Outstanding Leader Award by the UF Alumni Association.