Journalism in the Public Interest

Mark Schoofs Joins ProPublica as Senior Editor

New York, N.Y.—July 25, 2011—ProPublica announced today that Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Schoofs will join ProPublica on Aug. 15 as a senior editor.

Schoofs comes to ProPublica after working for more than a decade at The Wall Street Journal. While there, Schoofs played a key role in investigations ranging from abuse and fraud in Medicare to the effects of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He contributed to the Journal’s coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks, which won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. Schoofs also led a team of reporters covering the 2001 manhunt for the anthrax mailer and helped edit coverage of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the 2010 Times Square bomb attempt.

Prior to the Journal, Schoofs was a staff writer at The Village Voice, where he won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his eight-part series on AIDS in Africa. He has also freelanced for several publications, including The New York Times Magazine and The Washington Post. Schoofs graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a degree in Philosophy and holds two U.S. patents.

“Mark has had a remarkable range of experiences as a reporter. We are excited to add to our staff someone whose work has mixed cutting-edge techniques with old-fashioned rigor and shoe leather,” said Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica’s managing editor.

“I’m thrilled to be joining ProPublica. As tight budgets force many news organizations to constrict their investigative efforts, ProPublica’s mission becomes ever more critical. I’m excited to pitch in and work with a great group of journalists,” said Schoofs.

ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. In 2010, it was the first online news organization to win a Pulitzer Prize. In 2011, ProPublica won the first Pulitzer awarded to a body of work that did not appear in print. ProPublica is supported primarily by philanthropy and provides the articles it produces, free of charge, both through its own website and to leading news organizations selected with an eye toward maximizing the impact of each article.

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