Pamela Colloff is a reporter at ProPublica and a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine. Prior to joining ProPublica and the Times in 2017, she was an executive editor and staff writer at Texas Monthly. Her work has also appeared in The New Yorker and has been anthologized in “Best American Magazine Writing,” “Best American Crime Reporting,” “Best American Non-Required Reading,” and “Next Wave: America’s New Generation of Great Literary Journalists.”
“False Witness,” her ProPublica-New York Times investigation into jailhouse informants, received a National Magazine Award for Reporting in 2020. The story was also recognized with the Hillman Prize, the IRE Award, the Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Journalism, and the MOLLY National Journalism Prize. Colloff is currently expanding her article into a book for Random House.
In 2019, she received the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award in human interest storytelling for “Blood Will Tell,” a two-part investigation jointly published by ProPublica and The New York Times.
At Texas Monthly, Colloff earned a National Magazine Award in Feature Writing for her 2012 story, “The Innocent Man.” She is a seven-time National Magazine Award finalist.
Her 2010 story, “Innocence Lost” — about a wrongly convicted death row inmate named Anthony Graves — was credited with helping Graves win his freedom after 18 years behind bars. One month after its publication, all charges against Graves were dropped and he was released from jail, where he had been awaiting retrial.
In 2014, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University awarded her the Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism.
Her oral history “96 Minutes,” about the 1966 University of Texas shootings, served as the basis for the 2016 documentary, “TOWER.” The film was short-listed for an Academy Award in Best Documentary Film and received a News & Documentary Emmy.
Colloff holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Brown University. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and their two children.