ProPublica announced on Tuesday the addition of Kathleen McGrory as a reporter for its national team.
McGrory joins ProPublica from the Tampa Bay Times, where she was an investigative reporter and, most recently, deputy editor for investigations. As a reporter, she often teamed up with ProPublica’s Neil Bedi, who was an investigative reporter and developer at the Times. In 2020, they investigated a police intelligence program that was being used to harass families and profile schoolchildren. Their stories, which were awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting, led to two federal investigations and prompted the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office to scale back some of its practices.
In an earlier project, McGrory and Bedi unearthed an alarming death rate among heart surgery patients at a Johns Hopkins University children’s hospital. As a result of their work, Johns Hopkins pledged safety improvements and paid more than $40 million in settlements to families. That series won Polk and IRE awards and was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting.
McGrory teaches undergraduate journalism students at the University of Florida and helps train professionals through the Poynter Institute and the University of Southern California’s Center for Health Journalism. She started her career at the Miami Herald.
“Kat is a tremendous investigative journalist whose emotional intelligence and doggedness distinguishes her work,” said assistant managing editor Alexandra Zayas. “We have long admired her consequential, resonant reporting and are excited to give it a national platform.”
“I’m thrilled to be joining a newsroom that’s so deeply committed to watchdog journalism,” said McGrory. “I can’t wait to get to work.”