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Stephen Engelberg was the founding managing editor of ProPublica from 2008-2012, and became editor-in-chief on January 1, 2013. He worked previously as managing editor of The Oregonian in Portland, Ore., where he supervised investigative projects and news coverage. Before that, Engelberg worked for 18 years at The New York Times as an editor and reporter, founding the paper's investigative unit and serving as a reporter in Washington, D.C., and Warsaw. Engelberg shared in two George Polk Awards for reporting: the first, in 1989, for articles on nuclear proliferation; the second, in 1994, for articles on U.S. immigration. A group of articles he co-authored in 1995 on an airplane crash was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. Projects he supervised at the Times on Mexican corruption (published in 1997) and the rise of Al Qaeda (published beginning in January 2001) were awarded the Pulitzer Prize. During his years at The Oregonian, the paper won the Pulitzer for breaking news and was finalist for its investigative work on methamphetamines and charities intended to help the disabled. He is the co-author of "Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War" (2001).
Dec. 16, 2016, 6:58 a.m.The Veterans Administration refused to release what it had learned about possible links between birth defects and exposure to Agent Orange. ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot found a novel way to obtain the information under procedures historically used for scientific research by academic scholars.
Nov. 7, 2016, 3:27 p.m.Federal officials are taking a close look at a sales practice that allows advertisers on the social network to include or exclude people who have an “affinity” with specific ethnic groups.
Oct. 5, 2016, 11 a.m.The recent series of terror attacks in France and Belgium lay bare an array of security shortcomings, most of which remain unaddressed. ProPublica and Frontline examine what went wrong and why it is so hard for Europe to protect itself from the growing threat.
Sep. 29, 2016, 9:10 a.m.How ProPublica’s top editor failed to recognize that his personal experience with a mysterious bank fee was part of a much, much larger story.
Aug. 19, 2016, 7 a.m.An article in The Atlantic on post-9/11 America makes a powerful case that the “never again” approach to homeland security is good politics but lousy policy.
Aug. 18, 2016, 6:59 a.m.The publishing of the videos detailing Vachel Howard’s death inside a Los Angeles police jail involved months of reporting and a lot of thought.
May 12, 2016, 3:44 p.m.Some readers are using a ProPublica database to search for doctors who freely prescribe opioid painkillers, raising questions.
Feb. 25, 2016, 11:50 a.m.Unlike many films about reporters, “Spotlight” accurately depicts the frustrations and joys of breaking a big story, from the drudgery of spreadsheets to the electric thrill of revelatory interviews.
Dec. 24, 2015, 7:15 a.m.How ProPublica and The Marshall Project teamed up to report an unbelievable story of rape
Nov. 24, 2015, 4:39 p.m.A frightened young woman left her apartment in Munich in November 1938 and returned with the visa that saved her family. A team of German journalists launched an improbable search to find the missing artwork and tell its story.
Oct. 7, 2015, 5:55 p.m.The think tank claims Scorecard’s methods aren’t reliable, but its commentary is undermined by supposition, conflicts of interest and a lack of evidence.
July 28, 2015, 11:18 a.m.Critics claim our analysis of surgical complications is flawed. We disagree. For the first time, patients can see a surgeon’s record – and use it to help make their best choice.
July 13, 2015, 11:13 p.m.ProPublica's Surgeon Scorecard is a crucial step in the larger process of spurring accountability for breakdowns in patient care.
Nov. 6, 2014, 11:37 a.m.The ability to reach a much wider universe of sources gives reporters a powerful new tool — if they know which questions to ask.
Oct. 16, 2014, 9:18 a.m.More than two years ago, a ProPublica series showed that white applicants were far more likely to receive clemency than comparable applicants who were black. Since then, the government has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a study, but the pardons system remains unchanged.
Sep. 25, 2013, 10:47 a.m.Scientists, regulators and manufacturers have come up with numerous proposals that could reduce the toll of deaths and injuries from one of America’s most popular drugs.
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.
June 10, 2013, 9:20 a.m.Five years later, many things have changed at and around ProPublica, but its mission to hold those in power accountable remains the same.
May 11, 2013, 7:54 p.m.The release of Medicare Part D records changes the conversation about how practitioners prescribe drugs -- and indicates the government could do more to ensure they do so safely.
April 10, 2013, 3 a.m.When judges find that prosecutors have abused their authority, other states require them to refer such cases for investigation by disciplinary committees. Should New York follow suit?
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