Ziva Branstetter

Senior Editor

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Ziva Branstetter has been a senior editor at ProPublica since March 2022, supervising a team of national investigative reporters.

She previously served as corporate accountability editor at The Washington Post. She led projects there including the Post’s award-winning Pandora Papers collaboration with ICIJ and journalists around the world.

Branstetter also worked as an editor at Reveal and co-founded The Frontier, an investigative newsroom in Oklahoma. Before that, she spent more than 20 years as a reporter and editor at the Tulsa World.

She has reported and edited investigations that resulted in the indictment of a seven-term sheriff, the dismissal of an entire state board, criminal charges against a state lawmaker, exonerations of wrongfully convicted people and new laws to prevent labor abuses and offshore tax evasion.

Her investigation into Oklahoma’s flawed death penalty process was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2015. Work she has edited has also received awards from IRE, the Overseas Press Club, Scripps Howard and the White House Correspondents’ Association.

Branstetter served three terms on the board of Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. She and her husband, who live in Oklahoma, have two adult sons and one grandson.

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