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Richard Tofel was the founding general manager of ProPublica from 2007-2012, and became president on January 1, 2013. He has responsibility for all of ProPublica's non-journalism operations, including communications, legal, development, finance and budgeting, and human resources. He was formerly the assistant publisher of The Wall Street Journal and, earlier, an assistant managing editor of the paper, vice president, corporate communications for Dow Jones & Company, and an assistant general counsel of Dow Jones. More recently, he served as vice president, general counsel and secretary of the Rockefeller Foundation, and earlier as president and chief operating officer of the International Freedom Center, a museum and cultural center that was planned for the World Trade Center site. He is the author of "Why American Newspapers Gave Away the Future" (Now and Then Reader, 2012), "Eight Weeks in Washington, 1861: Abraham Lincoln and the Hazards of Transition" (St. Martin's, 2011), "Restless Genius: Barney Kilgore, The Wall Street Journal, and the Invention of Modern Journalism" (St. Martin's, 2009); "Sounding the Trumpet: The Making of John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address" (Ivan R. Dee, 2005), "Vanishing Point: The Disappearance of Judge Crater, and the New York He Left Behind" (Ivan R. Dee, 2004) and "A Legend in the Making: The New York Yankees in 1939" (Ivan R. Dee, 2002).
Yesterday, 10:05 a.m.We are honored to report that the daughter and son-in-law of David Halberstam, one of the greatest reporters of the 20th century, have decided to donate to ProPublica the royalties for 2017 from increased sales of Halberstam’s landmark book, “The Best and the Brightest.”
Jan. 20, 2:29 p.m.As promised, President Trump kept it short, and largely avoided lofty language.
Dec. 13, 2016, 8 a.m.Another view of the clause in the Constitution regarding payments from foreign countries would let Trump off the hook — and overturn more than a century of practice and law.
Why Trump Would Almost Certainly Be Violating the Constitution If He Continues to Own His Businesses
Dec. 2, 2016, 11:37 a.m.The meaning of the Emoluments Clause is fairly clear. And it all goes back to a diamond-encrusted snuffbox Ben Franklin got from Louis XVI.
Nov. 21, 2016, 12:54 p.m.This year, for the first time since at least Richard Nixon, the leader of one of our major political parties has pledged to limit press freedom by restricting criticism of his prospective rule.
April 30, 2015, 3:24 p.m.The results of our recent reader survey are in—thanks to the more than 2200 who responded – and we wanted to share them with you.
April 22, 2015, 12:33 p.m.A little-remembered incident helped establish the notion that news organizations could and should preserve their independence from advertisers.
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Sep. 5, 2013, 1:54 p.m.We explain why publishing this story about U.S. and U.K. government efforts to decode enormous amounts of internet traffic previously thought to have been safe is in the public interest.
May 21, 2013, 8 a.m.ProPublica's job is to report the news rather than to make news ourselves, but sometimes we find an article of ours to be itself a subject of public debate. Last week was such a time, when two articles we had published back in December and January became the subject of significant attention.
March 27, 2013, 10:18 a.m.Lewis, the legendary New York Times journalist, did more than report on the Supreme Court. His advocacy set the stage for the Warren Court’s arguably most important decisions.
Jan. 21, 2013, 2:33 p.m.The president issues a call for progress to begin his second term, in language more practical than poetic
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