New York, N.Y.—Feb. 3, 2012—ProPublica announced today that Justin Elliott will be joining its investigative newsroom as a reporter starting Feb. 21.
Elliott comes to ProPublica from Salon where he was a staff writer focusing on domestic and foreign lobbying, campaign finance and politics. He broke news on the Occupy protests and the so-called Ground Zero mosque and has also written about the Obama campaign, Mitt Romney and contractors in Afghanistan.
Before Salon, Elliott worked as a reporter-blogger for TPMmuckraker, Talking Points Memo’s investigative blog, Mother Jones and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is a graduate of Brown University and served as executive editor of the Brown Daily Herald during his time there.
“Justin excels at the kind of hard-hitting and quick-paced journalism that’s a great fit for ProPublica,” said ProPublica senior editor Eric Umansky. “He’s a natural investigative reporter—and one who sees beyond the often-cited but false dichotomy between aggregation versus original reporting. Justin has done great work at Salon and elsewhere, and I’m thrilled he’s joining us.”
“I’m excited to be joining the inspiring team of journalists at ProPublica and I’m looking forward to aggressively pursuing stories in the public interest,” Elliott said.
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