Tom Detzel was a senior editor at ProPublica. Previously, Detzel was an editor at the Oregonian beginning in 1995, and was the newspaper’s investigations editor starting in 2004. Work to which Mr. Detzel and his team of reporters contributed was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News and the George Polk Award for National Reporting, both in 2007. Earlier in his career, Detzel spent 16 years as a reporter and editor at smaller newspapers in Oregon, including 12 years at the Register-Guard in Eugene.
After editorials in The New York Times and The Washington Post call for new investigations into the 2001 anthrax attacks, the FBI issues a statement defending its conclusion that Army scientist Bruce E. Ivins was behind the letters that killed five people.
The government’s allegation that former U.S. Army microbiologist Bruce E. Ivins was the 2001 anthrax killer draws on a massive cache of documents. We obtained many of them in reporting our stories about the case with partners PBS’ “Frontline” and McClatchy.
A National Academy of Sciences report says scientific evidence in the 2001 anthrax letter attacks did not definitively show that spores originated in a flask controlled by Army microbiologist Bruce E. Ivins, whom the FBI identified as the perpetrator after his suicide in 2008.