Mike Webb was 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.
ProPublica reporter Marshall Allen sits down with Megan Twohey of Reuters to get the story behind "The Child Exchange" investigation, which looked into how U.S. families use Internet message boards to abandon difficult children adopted from other countries.
As we continue our investigation into the lack of oversight of the drugs prescribed in Medicare’s Part D program, senior reporters Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber sat down with Steve Engelberg to talk about the project and their latest findings.
In the face of claims that the National Security Agency’s data collection program had prevented terrorist plots, ProPublica’s Sebastian Rotella took a closer look at one of those: David Coleman Headley’s foiled plan to attack a Danish newspaper.
Rob Garver and Charles Seife join the podcast to discuss their recent story of how the Food and Drug Administration found a lab in Houston, Texas, that had provided the agency with drug tests tainted by "egregious" research misconduct.