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Stephen Engelberg was the founding managing editor of ProPublica from 2008-2012, and became editor-in-chief on January 1, 2013. He worked previously as managing editor of The Oregonian in Portland, Ore., where he supervised investigative projects and news coverage. Before that, Engelberg worked for 18 years at The New York Times as an editor and reporter, founding the paper's investigative unit and serving as a reporter in Washington, D.C., and Warsaw. 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. 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 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).

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Nine Ideas to Make Tylenol and Other Acetaminophen Drugs Safer

Scientists, regulators and manufacturers have come up with numerous proposals that could reduce the toll of deaths and injuries from one of America’s most popular drugs.

Why We Published the Decryption Story

We explain why publishing this story about U.S. and U.K. government efforts to decode enormous amounts of internet traffic previously thought to have been safe is in the public interest.

Celebrating Five Years at ProPublica

Five years later, many things have changed at and around ProPublica, but its mission to hold those in power accountable remains the same.

Lifting the Veil on Dangerous Prescribing

The release of Medicare Part D records changes the conversation about how practitioners prescribe drugs -- and indicates the government could do more to ensure they do so safely.

A Simple Fix: Should New York Compel Judges to Report Problem Prosecutors?

When judges find that prosecutors have abused their authority, other states require them to refer such cases for investigation by disciplinary committees. Should New York follow suit?

Cash, Cars and Contracts: IBM, HP and Oracle in the Crosshairs of Overseas Corruption Investigation

The three American companies are cooperating with a Polish investigation into how the companies won lucrative contracts to upgrade Poland’s technology.

Sheldon Adelson’s Casino Company Stirs Fresh Questions With Admission It ‘Likely’ Broke Federal Law

Las Vegas Sands' filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on a possible violation of anti-bribery law leaves unanswered the most fundamental questions about its conduct in Asia.

Mexico’s Newspapers Shy From Covering the Drug Gangs Behind Continuing Violence

A new study shows that papers have stepped up reporting on murders but remain wary of covering the Zetas and other gangs responsible for the killings.

Dark Money and the 2012 Election: We Need Your Help!

Join ProPublica’s campaign to shine a light on the hidden aspects of campaign finance by chronicling ad spending in Las Vegas, one of the nation’s most heavily blanketed cities.

Flood of Secret Campaign Cash: It’s Not All Citizens United

The Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Elections Commission and Congress have all played a role in the emergence of undisclosed contributions in the 2012 elections.

New Questions About Sheldon Adelson’s Casino Operations in Macau

Las Vegas Sands has insisted for more than a year that it needed approval from Macau authorities to turn over documents to federal investigators and a former employee. Now, the company owned by the biggest single GOP donor acknowledges that many of the documents have been in the U.S. all along.

Inside the Investigation of Leading Republican Money Man Sheldon Adelson

In just a few years, the chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands created a gambling empire in Macau that made him one of the world’s richest men. Now, Sheldon Adelson’s business methods are under expanding scrutiny by federal and Nevada investigators.

Our FTC Privacy Story and Its Critics

Help ProPublica Celebrate its 4th Birthday!

This weekend marks four years since we began publishing, and we hope you'll take just a moment to mark the occasion.

RIP, Marion O. Sandler

The Kind of Journalism That Demands Action

Several steps could solve the racial disparity in presidential pardons that our joint project with The Washington Post has exposed -- starting with a requirement that any member of Congress who writes on behalf of a pardon applicant disclose campaign donations.

Government Settles Case Brought by First Anthrax Victim for $2.5 Million

Justice Department concedes no liability in deal with family of Robert Stevens, averting a trial that could have brought to light secrets about U.S. bio-defense efforts.

Raising Cain: When Is a Scoop Ready to be Published?

One thing missing from Politico's scoop on Herman Cain’s alleged sexual harassment: the underlying facts.

Secret Reports: With Security Spotty, Many Had Access to Anthrax

The Army laboratory identified by prosecutors as the source of the anthrax that killed five people in the fall of 2001 was rife with such security gaps that the deadly spores could have easily been smuggled out of the facility, outside investigators found.

Despite Evidence of FBI Bungling, New Probe Into Anthrax Killings Unlikely

In response to a joint investigation by PBS' Frontline, McClatchy and ProPublica, Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley and two congressman said that it is unlikely that the FBI will reopen its investigation into the anthrax cases.
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