Nathan Halverson

Reporter and Producer


Nathan Halverson is a reporter and producer for Reveal, covering business and finance with a current emphasis on the global food system. Before joining Reveal, Halverson worked on projects for FRONTLINE, the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and PBS NewsHour. He was the principal reporter on Reveal's story about the Chinese government’s involvement in the takeover of America’s largest pork company, Smithfield Foods Inc. Previously, he spent five years at The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, California, where he investigated the financial collapse of the major local landowner and bank. Halverson's work also has appeared on KQED and in The Denver Post. He was awarded a 2014 McGraw Fellowship by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and he received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Minnesota. He has won a New York Times Chairman’s Award and has received reporting honors from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, California Newspaper Publishers Association, San Francisco Peninsula Press Club and Associated Press News Executives Council. Halverson is based in Reveal’s Emeryville, California, office.

A worker prunes almond trees in an orchard near Bakersfield in the Central Valley, California, United States January 17, 2015.

What does California have in common with a decades-old Saudi Arabian water mystery?


A decade ago, Saudi Arabia began drying up. Today, it seems like California is headed down the same path. And the closer you look, the more similar the two situations seem.