Caitlin Dickerson is an American journalist. She is a national immigration reporter for The New York Times and a political analyst for CNN. She previously worked as an investigative reporter for NPR. She was awarded a 2015 Peabody Award for an NPR special series on race-based testing of mustard gas on American troops in WWII.
Dickerson began her professional career as an intern at NPR. Following her internship, she worked at NPR as a producer, before landing a role on NPR's Investigations Desk.
In 2016, Dickerson reported on the testing of mustard gas by the U.S. military on American troops during WWII, in which subjects were grouped by race. Her reporting, published as a two-part special investigation by NPR, revealed that the Department of Veteran Affairs had broken promises it had made in the 1990s to seek out and provide compensation to veterans who had suffered permanent injuries as a result of the testing. Congress reacted to the report by calling for investigations and hearings, ultimately leading to the passage of a law to compensate test subjects. For their work, Dickerson and her investigative team were awarded a 2015 Peabody Award and a 2016 RTDNA National Edward R. Murrow Award.
In 2016, Dickerson joined the staff of The New York Times as a national immigration reporter. Dickerson has broken several stories for the Times on the deportation and detention of undocumented immigrants. In June 2019 she reported on crowding and unsanitary conditions at a border station facility housing hundreds of children.
Dickerson is a frequent guest on the news podcast The Daily and has hosted several episodes.