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Investigative Reporter on the Chicago Tribune's Watchdog Team
I launched the Chicago Tribune investigation that proved the nation's top consumer product safety agency, in its myopic and docile approach to regulation, failed to protect children. The series, which prompted the recall of more than 1 million baby products, won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting and spurred Congress to pass the largest overhaul of consumer product safety laws in a generation. With the help of my colleagues, I also have debunked the junk science behind “miracle cures” for autism, documented Chicago’s bungling of its expansion of O’Hare Airport and exposed Illinois’ squandering of taxpayer dollars on politically connected tutoring programs that employed felons and didn’t help children. Before joining the Tribune's investigative staff in 2006, I was a beat reporter at The Wall Street Journal in Chicago. In 2000, Denver Post colleagues and I shared a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for coverage of the Columbine High School shootings. I graduated with highest distinction from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1993. As a Henry Luce Scholar in Bangkok, I investigated the trafficking of children for prostitution in Thailand.
My favorite investigations explore where business interests collide with the welfare of children or other vulnerable groups.