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ProPublica Editor-In-Chief Stephen Engelberg Wins Freedom of the Press Career Award

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press announced this week that ProPublica Editor-in-Chief Stephen Engelberg will receive a Freedom of the Press Career Achievement Award. The award honors an individual with a long history of upholding the value of freedom of the press throughout their career.

“The extraordinary achievements of this year’s Freedom of the Press Award winners have strengthened our collective knowledge, our communities and our democracy,” said Bruce D. Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. “They are unflinching in examining today’s most pressing issues and in standing up for press freedom to ensure people have access to the information they need.”

Engelberg served as ProPublica’s managing editor when the nonprofit investigative newsroom was founded and became editor-in-chief in 2013. During his tenure, ProPublica has won seven Pulitzer Prizes, including this year’s prize in public service for “Friends of the Court.”

Before joining ProPublica, Engelberg was managing editor of The Oregonian, during which time the newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news and was a finalist for its investigative work on methamphetamines and charities intended to help disabled people. Prior to The Oregonian, he worked for The New York Times for 18 years, where he served as the first investigative editor, supervising reporting projects that included two Pulitzer Prize-winning investigations into Mexican corruption and the rise of Al Qaeda. He is the co-author of “Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War” and a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board and the board of directors of the American Society of News Editors.

View all the 2024 Freedom of the Press honorees.

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