Journalism in the Public Interest


Mike Webb

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.


MuckReads Podcast: The Story Behind ‘The Child Exchange’

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.

Moyers & Company Report on the New Temp Economy

Podcast: What You Need to Know About Assisted Living

A.C. Thompson and Steve Engelberg talk about the growth of the assisted living industry and why a lack of standards has sometimes led to poor care for residents.

ProPublica Hires Three New Investigative Reporters

Podcast: Behind Our Prescriber Checkup Investigation

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.

Podcast: NSA Surveillance and Intelligence Gathering

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.

Podcast: The Story Behind Investigating Internships

Podcast: What’s Up With the Banks?

ProPublica's editor-in-chief Steve Engelberg sits down with senior reporter and "The Trade" columnist Jesse Eisinger to talk about what's wrong with banks being so big.

Podcast: ProPublica and the IRS Scandal

ProPublica editor-in-chief Steve Engelberg sat down with Kim Barker to talk about the burgeoning IRS scandal and ProPublica’s role in it.

Watch our Financial Crisis Event Online

ProPublica Reporters Are Finalists for Livingston Awards

Podcast: What Should the FDA Do When Drug Tests Are Tainted?

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.

ProPublica and Partners Win IRE Award

Paul Steiger Receives Honorary Doctorate from Columbia University

Dart Center Honors “Finding Oscar” Investigation

ProPublica and Partners Win Peabody Award

Podcast: Steve Brill on Healthcare and the Media in America

The Financial Crisis As Conversion Experience – An Event

ProPublica Wins Business and Design Awards

Manti Te’o Was Involved in Three Hoaxes: MuckReads Podcast

ProPublica reporter Marshall Allen interviews Deadspin's Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey about breaking the story of the three hoaxes involving college football player Manti Te'o.