ProPublica Announces Six More Staff Hires, Including Four Pulitzer Winners

By: Joe Strupp

ProPublica, the non-profit investigative news outlet, has hired six new staffers, which editors say will include four Pulitzer Prize winners and bring the staff’s Pulitzer-winning group to seven, the organization announced Thursday.

Those latest hires include: Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber, metro investigative reporters for the Los Angeles Times; Marcus Stern, news editor of Copley News Service’s Washington bureau; Chisun Lee, counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law; and Mosi Secret of the Independent Weekly in Raleigh, N.C.

In addition, Thomas Detzel, investigations editor of The Oregonian of Portland, Oregon, becomes editor; while Michael Webb, deputy director of communications & strategy at the Brennan Center, joins ProPublica as director of communications.

Paul E. Steiger, ProPublica editor-in-chief, stated: ?We couldn?t be more pleased. With these stellar staff additions, ProPublica?s initial news staff of 28 will include seven Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters and editors.?

ProPublica “has the largest news staff in American journalism devoted solely to investigative reporting. ProPublica is 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,” the release said.

Stephen Engelberg, managing editor of ProPublica, added, ?We?ve nearly completed our recruiting, with only a senior researcher and a web producer yet to be hired. The quality of the staff we?ve been able to attract gives us lots of potential?and the responsibility for living up to that potential. We?re determined to do just that.?

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