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Olga Pierce is the Deputy Data Editor. Previously, she was a reporter at ProPublica, specializing in data-driven stories. She is a winner of the 2011 Livingston Award for National Reporting and received an honorable mention for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, both for her reporting on increasing corporate interference in the drawing of congressional districts. She also shared 2011 Scripps Howard and Society of Business Editors and Writers awards as part of a team focusing on foreclosures. Olga has appeared on CBS News and C-SPAN, and her stories have been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune and the Hindustan Times in New Delhi.
She is a graduate of the Stabile Investigative Journalism Seminar at Columbia University, where she won a Horton Prize for health reporting. Olga is fluent in Czech and has a bachelor’s in international economics from Georgetown University.
July 17, 11:53 a.m.As a medical student, Florida spine surgeon Constantine Toumbis stabbed a friend outside a bar. Documents show he omitted or misrepresented his record in regulatory filings.
July 16, 2:41 p.m.The names of five cancer centers were missing from Surgeon Scorecard. We have updated the database so you can now find them.
July 14, 12:20 a.m.We calculated complication rates for surgeons performing one of eight elective procedures under Medicare, carefully adjusting for differences in patient health, age and hospital quality. Use this database to know more about a surgeon before your operation.
July 14, 12:14 a.m.The methodology for our analysis of surgical complication rates.
July 14, 12:01 a.m.A ProPublica analysis of nearly 17,000 surgeons finds stark differences in complications rates for some of the most routine elective procedures.
Feb. 6, 6:05 p.m.A firm sold 18,000 knee-replacement tools before the government called a halt.
Nov. 21, 2014, 10:30 a.m.Patients seldom are told or get an apology when they are harmed during medical care, according to a new study based on results from ProPublica's Patient Harm Questionnaire.
Jan. 9, 2014, 11:57 a.m.Dozens of readers responded to our post about Ernie Ciccotelli, who couldn’t get a lawyer to pursue his claim for damages from a life-threatening infection he acquired in the hospital.
Jan. 6, 2014, 10:06 a.m.Studies show that nine of 10 patients seeking a medical malpractice attorney won’t find one — women, children and the elderly in particular.
Dec. 18, 2013, 2:29 p.m.Worker’s comp data collected from five states shows temps are far more likely to be injured on the job.
Dec. 18, 2013, 2:27 p.m.Temp workers are thrown into dangerous work with little training and suffer injuries far more often than permanent employees.
March 21, 2013, 2:30 p.m.It's estimated that more than a million people per year suffer infections, medical mistakes and other harm in the hospital. But even if patients are lucky enough to physically recover, their lives may never be the same.
March 14, 2013, 1:40 p.m.An exchange between ProPublica and the California Redistricting Commission.
Dec. 21, 2012, 5:10 p.m.
Dec. 21, 2012, 3:36 p.m.The GOP control of the House came despite more votes for Democrats. Republicans used dark money to control redistricting in many states, aided by other supposedly nonpartisan groups that leaned heavily to Republicans.
Nov. 9, 2012, 2:43 p.m.Last year, Democrats in Congress went to great lengths to undermine a new, non-partisan redistricting process in California. The elections show the results.
Oct. 2, 2012, 1:27 p.m.As part of our ongoing interest in patient safety, we occasionally interview other journalists who’ve examined health care quality.
Sep. 18, 2012, 2:36 p.m.Be part of the patient safety conversation, get regular updates and share stories or views
June 15, 2012, 2:36 p.m.In all the talk about the Supreme Court’s impending health care reform ruling, one question is often overlooked: What might happen to the many patient safety and quality of care provisions sprinkled through the Affordable Care Act?
Feb. 15, 2012, 12:40 p.m.Per Politico, Rep. Laura Richardson used taxpayer-funded staff and resources in her campaign to manipulate California’s independent redistricting commission.
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