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From whether the sex life of a politician is serious news to how Wikileaks is changing how to think about government secrecy, debates on issues of journalism are all around us, and constantly shifting. Stephen Engelberg, the Pulitzer Prize-winning managing editor of investigative journalism non-profit ProPublica, has had a unique vantage point on these questions for years. In this collection of a dozen short essays on the subject, Engelberg shares sharp analysis, in each case starting from a well-known story, and drawing on fascinating anecdotes from his own experience, as well as a passion for accountability.
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About the Author
Stephen Engelberg has been managing editor of ProPublica since its inception in 2008. He worked previously as managing editor of The Oregonian in Portland, Ore., where he supervised investigative projects and news coverage. Before that, Engelberg worked for 18 years at The New York Times as an editor and reporter, founding the paper's investigative unit and serving as a reporter in Washington, D.C., and Warsaw. Engelberg shared in two George Polk Awards for reporting: the first, in 1989, for articles on nuclear proliferation; the second, in 1994, for articles on U.S. immigration. A group of articles he co-authored in 1995 on an airplane crash was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. Projects he supervised at the Times on Mexican corruption (published in 1997) and the rise of Al Qaeda (published beginning in January 2001) were awarded the Pulitzer Prize. During his years at The Oregonian, the paper won the Pulitzer for breaking news and was finalist for its investigative work on methamphetamines and charities intended to help the disabled. He is the co-author of "Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War" (2001).