Tracy Weber

Deputy Managing Editor

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Tracy Weber is a deputy managing editor at ProPublica, where she helps oversee and maximize projects across the newsroom.

Weber joined the original ProPublica staff as a reporter in 2008 from the Los Angeles Times, where she paired with Charles Ornstein on a series of articles about a troubled hospital that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2005, among other awards. At ProPublica, she and Ornstein were finalists for the same award in 2010 for a series on the broken oversight of nurses

Weber joined ProPublica’s editing ranks in 2014. In the six years that followed, work she edited won virtually every significant honor in journalism. Among other standouts, this includes a series she co-edited on grave, systemic problems in the Navy that won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting; reporting on family separations, which won the Peabody Award’s first ever Catalyst Award, a George Polk award and was a Pulitzer finalist; and a series on jailhouse informants that won a National Magazine Award. She also guided hallmark series on how the financial system punishes the working poor; the gutting of the workers’ comp system; the toxic effect of blood spatter forensics on the justice system; and the rampant waste and perverse incentives in health care.

We Found Over 700 Doctors Who Were Paid More Than a Million Dollars by Drug and Medical Device Companies

ProPublica has been tracking drug company spending on doctors since 2010. We just updated our database and found that companies are still paying private doctors huge sums for promotional talks and consulting.

Jury Awards $93 Million in Federal Fraud Case Against Allied Home Mortgage

Federal prosecutors win case against Allied six years after ProPublica detailed an extensive list of misconduct and government sanctions against the Houston firm.

Schwarzenegger and DSK: When Powerful Men Cross Lines

Reporting on politicians’ sexual misconduct calls for people who have been abused to put their humiliations on display. But there’s no guarantee it will have an electoral impact.

No Easy Definition for 'Abusive' Prescribing

As Medicare considers banning doctors who pose a “threat to the health or safety” of patients, it plans to consider an array of factors.

In A Major Shift, Medicare Wants Power to Ban Harmful Prescribers

Action follows ProPublica’s investigative series detailing inappropriate and wasteful prescribing, fraud in the nation’s biggest prescription drug program.

Caught Up in a Medicare Drug Fraud

The long list of medications on Joyce Heap’s insurance forms didn’t look right. It turns out they weren’t — and Medicare didn’t seem to care.

Medicare Moves to Tighten Oversight of Prescribers

Action comes after ProPublica uses the government’s own data to find patterns of dangerous prescribing, waste and potential fraud in Medicare Part D.

Senators Press Medicare for Answers on Drug Program

They ask federal officials to take a hard look at Medicare’s popular prescription drug program after ProPublica reports about fraud and waste that have cost taxpayers billions.

‘Let the Crime Spree Begin’: How Fraud Flourishes in Medicare’s Drug Plan

The federal government does little to stop schemers from stealing from Medicare Part D, the program that provides prescription drugs to more than 36 million seniors and disabled people.

Generic or Name-Brand? 10 Docs Talk About Picking Drugs

With billions in potential savings for Medicare at stake, we asked drug experts and practitioners alike why more doctors don’t recommend generics when they can.

Medicare’s Failure to Track Doctors Wastes Billions on Name-Brand Drugs

The failure to track doctors who shun cheaper generics racks up huge costs for taxpayers in Medicare Part D, which fills one of every four U.S. prescriptions.

Huge Differences by Region in Prescribing to Elderly, Study Finds

Researchers find that a higher proportion of seniors are prescribed antidepressants, dementia drugs and other medications in some parts of the country than others.

Why You Should Care About the Drugs Your Doctor Prescribes

Patients currently have to rely on trust that their doctors prescribe them the right drugs. Our new tool, Prescriber Checkup, for the first time allows patients to see how health care providers stack up with peers.

A Rap Sheet For Medicare’s Prescription Drug Program

An update on the new events since we published our Prescriber Checkup investigation.

Senator Asks States If They Alert Medicare to Problem Physicians

Citing a ProPublica investigation, Iowa Republican Charles Grassley said that if Medicaid and Medicare don’t share information on bad doctors, patients could be at risk.

Top Medicare Official: ‘We Can and Should Do More' to Oversee Drug Plan

Under pressure, Medicare's director tells a Senate panel the agency will intensify the search for abusive prescribing patterns and undertake other reforms.

Top Medicare Prescribers Rake In Speaking Fees From Drugmakers

Pay-to-prescribe is illegal, but doctors say they haven’t been influenced by the money they get for promoting drugs they also prescribe to large numbers of their patients.

Not Authorized to Prescribe Drugs? Medicare Pays Anyway.

Massage therapists, athletic trainers, interpretersand others who aren’t allowed to write prescriptions apparently issued at least417,000 under Medicare.

Inspector General Faults Medicare for Not Tracking 'Extreme' Prescribers

Echoing a ProPublica investigation, a report finds hundreds of doctors with questionable and potentially dangerous prescribing patterns. In a response, Medicare says it will step up monitoring and review the list for fraud or abuse.

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