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Jesse Eisinger

Senior Reporter and Editor

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Jesse Eisinger is a senior reporter and editor at ProPublica. He is the author of the “The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives.”

In April 2011, he and a colleague won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a series of stories on questionable Wall Street practices that helped make the financial crisis the worst since the Great Depression. He won the 2015 Gerald Loeb Award for commentary. He has also twice been a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.

He was a regular columnist for The New York Times’s Dealbook section. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The NewYorker.com, The Washington Post, The Baffler, The American Prospect and on NPR and “This American Life.” Before joining ProPublica, he was the Wall Street Editor of Conde Nast Portfolio and a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, covering markets and finance.

He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the journalist Sarah Ellison, and their daughters.

Bank of America’s Winning Excuse: We Didn’t Mean To

A federal appeals court overturned a $1.3 billion judgement against Bank of America, ruling that good intentions at the outset shield bankers from fines for subsequent fraud.

Why Haven’t Bankers Been Punished? Just Read These Insider SEC Emails

Right after the financial crisis, an SEC lawyer fought a lonely struggle to get his agency to crackdown harder on Goldman bankers. He lost.

How Mark Zuckerberg’s Altruism Helps Himself

Zuckerberg set up a limited liability company, which has reaped enormous benefits as public relations coup and will help minimize his tax bill.

The Whistleblower’s Tale: How An Accountant Took on Halliburton

In 2005, Tony Menendez blew the whistle on Halliburton’s accounting practices. The fight cost him nine years of his life.

No, the Banks Aren’t Losing

Yes, there has been some progress in making the financial system safer. But financial reform was so weak, it may not last.

The Trouble With Disclosure: It Doesn't Work

Disclosure and transparency have become the answer to every vexing regulatory problem, but sunlight is not always the most effective disinfectant.

Rent to Own: Wall Street’s Latest Housing Trick

As the Obama administration moves to expand housing credit, “rent to own’ schemes are one illustration of why a continuing federal role in housing is vital to protect consumers from exploitative products.

Obama Stands At Crossroads On Financial Reform

With Republicans moving to dismantle Dodd-Frank, some are urging Obama administration to push hard for a significant overhaul of the financial system.

Senator Demands Answers on Red Cross' Finances

Prompted by an investigation by ProPublica and NPR, Sen. Charles Grassley asks the charity to explain how it has used donations from the public.

How Fear Of Occupy Wall Street Undermined the Red Cross' Sandy Relief Effort

Red Cross responders say there was a ban on working with the widely praised Occupy Sandy relief group because it was seen as politically unpalatable.

The Wall Street Takeover of Charity

The rise of donor-advised funds is helping financial firms but hurting society.

The Real Roots of Hedge Fund Manager Rage

The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster

After Superstorm Sandy, Americans opened their wallets to the Red Cross. They trusted the charity and believed it was up to the job. They were wrong.

The Big Bank Backlash Begins

The Fed Hates To Burst Your Bubble

The Sorry State of Bank Apologies

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