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Ken Armstrong

Senior Reporter

Ken Armstrong joined ProPublica as a senior reporter in 2017. He previously worked at The Marshall Project, where his series on how death row inmates have been denied their chance to appeal in federal court because lawyers missed the filing deadline was featured at the news site’s launch in 2014. For his collaboration with ProPublica’s T. Christian Miller, about a woman charged with lying about being raped, he won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.

Armstrong previously reported for the Seattle Times, where he won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for a series with Michael Berens that showed how the state of Washington steered Medicaid patients and others to a cheap but unpredictable painkiller linked to more than 2,000 deaths in the state. At the Seattle Times, he also shared in two staff Pulitzers for breaking news for coverage of a landslide that killed 43 people and the shooting deaths of four police officers.

He has also written for the Chicago Tribune, where his work helped prompt the Illinois governor to suspend executions and empty death row. He has been honored with six IRE Awards, a Peabody Award and the John Chancellor Award from Columbia University for lifetime achievement. His book with Nick Perry, "Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity," won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for nonfiction. A graduate of Purdue University, Armstrong has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and the McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton. He lives in Seattle with his family.

When Public Records Aren’t Public

In Elkhart, Indiana, even easy records can be hard to get. Trial exhibits? No. Appellate briefs? No. Police reports in the court file? No. And don’t even ask about moving those boxes.

Standing by Their Convictions

The DNA didn’t match. The witnesses weren’t sure. But the prosecution persisted.

For Some Victims, Reporting a Rape Can Bring Doubt, Abuse — and Even Prosecution

False reporting is a crime, one that some police would like to make a priority. But history shows the police can’t always tell the truth from a lie.

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