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ProPublica Hires Senior Reporter to Investigate Privacy Issues

New York, N.Y. – Nov. 26, 2013 – ProPublica has hired investigative journalist Julia Angwin as a senior reporter covering privacy, technology and the surveillance state. She will begin work at ProPublica in early January.

Angwin comes to ProPublica after more than a decade at the Wall Street Journal, where she covered the convergence of technology and media. In 2010, she led a team of reporters that chronicled the decline of online privacy – leading to a Gerald Loeb Award. The following year coverage generated by her privacy team was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting, an award Angwin and another team of Journal reporters won in 2003 for coverage of corporate corruption.

Angwin is the author of “Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America” and the forthcoming “Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance.” She earned a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Chicago in 1992, and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University in 2000.

“Julia brings with her a magnificent portfolio of work, and she will be a stellar addition to our staff,” ProPublica managing editor Robin Fields said.

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 its second Pulitzer, the first ever 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 often to leading news organizations selected with an eye toward maximizing the impact of each article. For more information, please visit


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