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Stephen Engelberg, Editor-in-Chief

Stephen Engelberg was the founding managing editor of ProPublica from 2008–2012, and became editor-in-chief on January 1, 2013. He came to ProPublica from The Oregonian in Portland, where he had been a managing editor since 2002. Before joining The Oregonian, Mr. Engelberg worked for The New York Times for 18 years, including stints in Washington, D.C., and Warsaw, Poland, as well as in New York. He is a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

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Robin Sparkman, President

Robin Sparkman became President of ProPublica in September 2021. She has responsibility for all of ProPublica’s non-journalism operations, including fundraising, communications, legal, finance and budgeting, and human resources. Prior to ProPublica, Sparkman was the founding CEO of nonprofit media organization StoryCorps. Previously, she spent more than two decades as a reporter and editor. She served as editor-in-chief of the American Lawyer from 2010-2014, and earlier as executive editor, as well as deputy editorial director of parent company American Lawyer Media. Previous work included stints at and Newsweek. She serves on the executive committee of the board of Union Settlement and on the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council.

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Tracy Weber, Managing Editor

Tracy Weber helps oversee and maximize projects across the newsroom. Prior to this role, as a senior editor, she guided landmark projects on family separation, jailhouse informants, the dismantling of workers’ compensation and a Mexican massacre touched off by the Drug Enforcement Administration, among others. Work she edited has earned virtually every significant honor in journalism, including the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. As a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, Weber won the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2005 and was a finalist for the same award at ProPublica in 2010.

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Charles Ornstein, Managing Editor, Local

Charles Ornstein oversees the Local Reporting Network, as well as ProPublica offices in the Midwest, the South, the Southwest and a unit operated with The Texas Tribune. Projects he has worked on as both a reporter and editor have been recognized with the Pulitzer Prize for public service, as well as other national journalism awards. From 2008 to 2017, he was a senior reporter covering health care and the pharmaceutical industry.

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Ragan Rhyne, Chief Development Officer

Ragan Rhyne is ProPublica's Chief Development Officer. With more than 15 years of nonprofit executive experience, Rhyne has effectively developed programs and built relationships for global, national and regional institutions. She most recently served as senior director of development and strategic programming for the International Center of Photography, where she steered organizational and fundraising strategy, managed a portfolio of major donors, and directed special events.

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Tyson Evans, Chief Product and Brand Officer

Tyson Evans is the chief product and brand officer at ProPublica where he oversees teams working on product, design, technology, communications, events and audience efforts.

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Alexandra Zayas, Deputy Managing Editor

Alexandra Zayas is a deputy managing editor at ProPublica, running a team of reporters and overseeing senior editors of its global public health and visual storytelling teams. Stories she edited have won two National Magazine Awards, two George Polk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. As an investigative reporter, she won the Selden Ring and Livingston awards and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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Ginger Thompson, Chief of Correspondents

Ginger Thompson is ProPublica's chief of correspondents. In addition to reporting and writing, Ginger Thompson oversees ProPublica’s staff development and recruitment efforts. She joined ProPublica from The New York Times in 2014. She has spent much of her career covering Latin America, and her work has won numerous awards.

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Stephanie Little, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

Stephanie Little oversees all financial activities for the organization, including financial planning, management and analysis. She also directs human resources policy and benefits administration and brings experience in nonprofit management to the role. Prior to joining ProPublica in March 2016, as Director of Finance and Human Resources, her career has spanned such prestigious organizations as The Metropolitan Opera and The New York Times. She holds an MBA in Finance and Media Studies from Fordham University and was named a 92Y Women in Power Fellow in 2018.

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Jeremy Kutner, General Counsel

Jeremy Kutner is general counsel at ProPublica, where he provides legal advice on the organization’s full range of activities, with emphasis on its newsroom. He has litigated cases involving libel, freedom of information laws, subpoenas seeking testimony from reporters about sources, and access to sealed documents. Prior to joining ProPublica as deputy general counsel in 2018, Kutner practiced media law at Ballard Spahr (formerly Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz), and was a First Amendment Fellow at The New York Times.

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Diego Sorbara, Assistant Managing Editor

Diego Sorbara is an assistant managing editor at ProPublica. He helps ensure the consistency and quality of the newsroom’s work and oversees freelance reporting expenditures and production. Sorbara joined ProPublica in 2018 as the newsroom’s first standards editor after 10 years at The New York Times.

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Sarah Blustain, Assistant Managing Editor

Sarah Blustain is an Assistant Managing Editor with ProPublica.

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Talia Buford, Assistant Managing Editor

Talia Buford is an Assistant Managing Editor with ProPublica.

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Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, Assistant Managing Editor

Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak is an Assistant Managing Editor with ProPublica.

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