Engelberg To Become M.E. For Steiger’s ProPublica

By: Joe Strupp

Stephen Engelberg, a top editor of The Oregonian in Portland, has been named managing editor of ProPublica, the new non-profit news operation led by former Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Paul Steiger.

“Mr. Engelberg brings to ProPublica 28 years of newspaper experience, including eight years as an investigative reporter and eleven years as an editor and leader of investigative projects,” ProPublica stated in a release Thursday. “His work as a reporter and editor has focused on a very broad range of investigative topics, from sub-prime mortgages to terrorism to the pharmaceutical industry.”

The appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2008.

Steiger said in a statement: ?Steve Engelberg brings great strengths?terrific and varied experience, unquestioned integrity, a passion for meaningful journalism in the public interest– to ProPublica. I?m delighted to have him as a partner in this endeavor, and I look forward to working with him to recruit the best possible group of reporters, editors and researchers.?

As a reporter, Engelberg won two George Polk Awards and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, the release stated. He led two teams of reporters that won Pulitzer Prizes and four others that were finalists for that award.

Before joining The Oregonian, Engelberg spent 18 years at The New York Times, with stints in Washington, D.C., and Warsaw, Poland, as well as in New York.

Engelberg’s hire is the latest move by ProPublica, which is seeking to become an investigative reporting source for other news outlets and its own Web site.

Organizers said in the release that the project “will have the largest news staff in American journalism devoted solely to investigative reporting, which includes roughly 25 fulltime reporters and editors, when fully staffed in 2008.”

It adds that, “ProPublica will be supported entirely by philanthropy and will provide the articles it produces, free of charge, both through its own Web site and to leading news organizations selected with an eye toward maximizing the impact of each article.”

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