ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine are thrilled to announce today that Pamela Colloff will begin writing for the two organizations. At ProPublica she will be on staff as a senior reporter; at The New York Times Magazine she will be a writer-at-large. Reporting she does on behalf of both organizations will appear exclusively in The New York Times Magazine and on ProPublica’s website. She will start on May 1.
Colloff comes to ProPublica and The New York Times from Texas Monthly, where she is an executive editor known for powerful public interest reporting and gripping narrative journalism. During her 20-year career at Texas Monthly, Colloff has been nominated for six National Magazine Awards – more than any other female writer in the award’s history – and won one, for feature writing in 2013. Her 2010 story about a wrongfully convicted Texas man, Anthony Graves, who had been sentenced to death for a 1992 murder, helped lead to Graves’ release. Colloff has won many other accolades as well. A recent profile in the Columbia Journalism Review called her “the best damn writer in Texas.”
Colloff’s joint role represents an innovative new partnership for ProPublica and The New York Times. Though the two organizations have worked together on many stories, Colloff’s joint work will represent the first arrangement of its kind for either company.
“Pam has set the standard for reporting and writing about the criminal justice system,” said Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica’s editor-in-chief. “Her work has had remarkable impact, and she has an unerring eye for narratives that convey larger truths.’’
Jake Silverstein, the editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine, agreed. “This is a dream come true,” he said. “Pam’s one of the greatest journalists I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with, and her commitment to telling powerful stories with moral purpose is a perfect fit for both the Times and ProPublica. The fact that her hiring can bring our two organizations closer together is the icing on the cake.” Before coming to the Times, Silverstein was editor in chief of Texas Monthly, and worked with Colloff for many years.
“Having the support of both ProPublica and the Times Magazine is a tremendous honor,” said Colloff. “I’m excited that I’ll have the opportunity to learn from so many of the country’s best journalists, and deeply grateful that I’ll be afforded the time and resources to work on stories that matter.”
Colloff’s work will continue to feature the criminal justice subjects that she is so well known for. She will also remain based in Texas.