Margo Smit, Netherlands, has been an investigative reporter since 1997. Currently, she is the ombudsman for all journalistic productions at Dutch public broadcasting system NPO.

Smit was previously ombudsman at news broadcaster NOS, director of the Dutch-Flemish association of investigative journalists, VVOJ and journalism teacher at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. In 1989, she began working as a news and features reporter for the Dutch TV station RTL4 and later became a political correspondent.  In 1997, Smit transferred to KRO Reporter, an investigative television documentary series on Dutch public TV, and KRO Profile, a series of investigative biographies. She investigated the Dutch monarchy, nuclear safety, accounting transparency at multinational corporations, Islam, and the tobacco industry, among others.

She co-produced a documentary on the life of Ayaan Hirsi that was nominated for the Prix Europa 2005. In 2012, Smit wrote a report for the European Parliament on the state of investigative journalism within the European Union member states and the role of investigative journalism in deterring fraud with EU funds.

How To Fight Fraud in Europe

Can investigative journalism be instrumental in the detection of and fight against corruption and fraud with EU funds, and if so, how?