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Stephen Engelberg, Editor-in-Chief
Stephen Engelberg was the founding managing editor of ProPublica from 2008-2012, and became editor-in-chief on January 1, 2013. He came to ProPublica from The Oregonian in Portland, where he had been a managing editor since 2002. Before joining The Oregonian, Mr. Engelberg worked for The New York Times for 18 years, including stints in Washington, D.C., and Warsaw, Poland, as well as in New York. He is a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board and of the Board of Directors of the American Society of News Editors.
After beginning his career at the Times, he worked as a reporter for The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk and for The Dallas Morning News before returning to the Times to write news and investigative articles on national security matters. After a stint as the Times bureau chief in Warsaw immediately following the collapse of Communism, he resumed his work as an investigative reporter in 1993. Mr. 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.
Mr. Engelberg’s work since 1996 has focused largely on the editing of investigative projects. He started the Times's investigative unit in 2000. 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 a 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).
Richard Tofel, President
Richard Tofel was the founding general manager of ProPublica from 2007-2012, and became president on January 1, 2013. He has responsibility for all of ProPublica's non-journalism operations, including communications, legal, development, finance and budgeting, and human resources. He was formerly the assistant publisher of The Wall Street Journal and, earlier, an assistant managing editor of the paper, vice president, corporate communications for Dow Jones & Company, and an assistant general counsel of Dow Jones. More recently, he served as vice president, general counsel and secretary of the Rockefeller Foundation, and earlier as president and chief operating officer of the International Freedom Center, a museum and cultural center that was planned for the World Trade Center site. He is the author of "Non-Profit Journalism: Issues Around Impact" (2013), "Why American Newspapers Gave Away the Future" (Now and Then Reader, 2012), "Eight Weeks in Washington, 1861: Abraham Lincoln and the Hazards of Transition" (St. Martin's, 2011), "Restless Genius: Barney Kilgore, The Wall Street Journal, and the Invention of Modern Journalism" (St. Martin's, 2009); "Sounding the Trumpet: The Making of John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address" (Ivan R. Dee, 2005), "Vanishing Point: The Disappearance of Judge Crater, and the New York He Left Behind" (Ivan R. Dee, 2004) and "A Legend in the Making: The New York Yankees in 1939" (Ivan R. Dee, 2002).
Robin Fields, Managing Editor
Robin Fields became managing editor of ProPublica on January 1, 2013. She joined ProPublica as a reporter in 2008 and became a senior editor in 2010. As an editor, she has overseen projects on political dark money, injection wells, the military’s handling of traumatic brain injuries, police violence in post-Katrina New Orleans, cell tower deaths, and the nation's troubled system of death investigations. Work she has edited has twice been honored with George Polk Awards, as well as awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and IRE. These projects also have resulted in four documentaries made in partnership with PBS "Frontline," two of which received Emmy nominations. As a reporter at ProPublica, Fields did a project on U.S. dialysis care and wrote stories about a troubled chain of psychiatric hospitals. Fields was a finalist for a National Magazine Award for her work on dialysis, which was also honored by IRE and the Society of Professional Journalists and received the Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism. Fields began her career at the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida. Before joining ProPublica, spent nine years as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, where she worked on investigations into political fundraiser Norman Hsu, California's adult guardianship system and abuses at the J. Paul Getty Trust. Her work on guardianship received the National Journalism Award for investigative reporting, a Sigma Delta Chi Public Service Award and an Associated Press Managing Editors Public Service Award.
Debby Goldberg - Vice President/Development
Debby Goldberg is the vice president/development of ProPublica.
She has nearly 20 years of senior management, fundraising and marketing experience in the not-for-profit and political sectors, focusing on institutional fundraising, organizational development and strategic communications. Most recently, Ms. Goldberg was senior vice president for development at the Center for American Progress. Prior to this role, she worked as a not-for-profit development consultant to Human Rights Watch, Brooklyn College, and the National Partnership for Women and Families in support of their historic fundraising efforts. Previously, she also served as chief of staff to New School University President Bob Kerrey.
In addition to her work in the not-for-profit sector, Ms. Goldberg worked for nine years on various political campaigns and in government. She has served as special assistant to the Secretary of Labor and as a public communications official for the U.S. Department of State during the Clinton Administration.
Debby received her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and her undergraduate degree from Harvard College.
Mike Webb - Vice President/Communications
Mike Webb is the vice president/communications of ProPublica. He is a veteran communications specialist with experience in public relations, marketing, sales and campaign work at media companies, think tanks, political organizations and in the entertainment business.
Before joining ProPublica in 2008, Webb was the deputy director of communications and strategy at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law and prior to that, he served as publicity and syndication director for The Nation magazine. Throughout his career, Webb has worked with several elected officials and on various political campaigns, including Bill Bradley for President, Marty Markowitz for Brooklyn Borough President, and Ohio Attorney General Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr.
Webb has also had a variety of roles in the music business working with Jeff Buckley, Nas, Alice in Chains, Aerosmith, Soul Asylum, Barbra Streisand and other artists. He is a graduate of the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.
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- Senior Editors: Tom Detzel, Mark Schoofs and Joe Sexton
- Senior Editor, News Applications: Scott Klein
- Senior Engagement Editor: Amanda Zamora
- Senior Reporters: Jesse Eisinger, Jeff Gerth, T. Christian Miller, Charles Ornstein, Sebastian Rotella and Tracy Weber
- Reporters: Marshall Allen, Kim Barker, Lois Beckett, Jake Bernstein, Justin Elliott, Michael Grabell, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Paul Kiel, Abrahm Lustgarten, Olga Pierce, Joaquin Sapien, A.C. Thompson and Marian Wang
- Director of Computer-Assisted Reporting: Jennifer LaFleur
- Director of Research: Liz Day
- Deputy Editor of News Applications: Krista Kjellman Schmidt
- Community Editor: Blair Hickman
- News Applications Developers: Lena Groeger, Jeff Larson, Al Shaw and Sisi Wei
- Computer-Assisted Reporting Specialist: Joe Kokenge
- Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief and the Managing Editor: Nicole Cabrera
- Fellow: Cora Currier
- News Applications Fellow: Jeremy B. Merrill
- Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow: Mike Tigas
- Interns: Theodoric Meyer, Christie Thompson and Hanna Trudo
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