ProPublica managing editor Stephen Engelberg has been elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board. Columbia University announced today that Engelberg will join the 19-member board that oversees the awarding of the Pulitzer Prizes and chooses the winners.
A press release announcing the appointment noted, "During his time as managing editor, ProPublica became the first online news organization to win Pulitzer Prizes. In 2010, it won the Investigative Reporting prize for chronicling life-and-death decisions by a hospital's exhausted doctors when they were isolated by the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina. A year later, it won the National Reporting prize for exposing Wall Street practices that contributed to the nation's economic meltdown."
Engelberg has received many honors during his career. Prior to joining ProPublica, he was a managing editor of The Oregonian, where the paper won a Pulitzer for Breaking News Reporting and was a finalist for investigative projects about methamphetamines and charities to help the disabled. Before that, he worked at the New York Times for 18 years and founded the paper's investigative unit that went on to win Pulitzers for national and foreign reporting and explanatory journalism. He also shared in two George Polk Awards for reporting on nuclear proliferation and immigration and was a Pulitzer finalist for an investigation into a commuter airplane crash. And Engelberg was part of a group of reporters who won an Emmy for a documentary on biological warfare that aired on the PBS program Nova.
Engelberg has also worked at the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot and the Dallas Morning News. He is the co-author of Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War and a graduate of Princeton University. We proudly congratulate Steve on his selection.