Tim Golden works as both a reporter and editor at ProPublica, concentrating on national security, foreign policy and criminal justice. He was previously the founding managing editor for news and investigations at The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization focused on the U.S. criminal justice system. He was also a senior writer at The New York Times, where he spent two decades as an investigative reporter, foreign correspondent and national correspondent.
Golden began his journalism career at United Press International, covering foreign affairs in the Washington bureau. In 1985, he went to El Salvador as the Central America bureau chief for the Miami Herald, covering war and political upheaval across the region. He was later based in Brazil as the paper’s South America correspondent, and spent four years in Mexico as the bureau chief of The New York Times.
As a filmmaker, Golden wrote and co-directed the feature documentary film “Elián,” which had its premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast around the world by CNN and the BBC. He has been a story consultant on feature films including Stephen Soderbergh’s Oscar-winning “Traffic,” and “Ché.” He also worked on Alex Gibney’s “Taxi to the Dark Side,” which won the Academy Award for feature documentary and was based on Golden’s reporting about U.S. military abuses in Afghanistan.
Golden’s many journalism honors include two shared Pulitzer Prizes, the 1998 International Reporting award for coverage of drug corruption in Mexico, and the 1987 National Reporting prize for stories on the Iran-Contra scandal. He has been a fellow of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the New America Foundation.