Stuff in the ‘The Washington Post’ Category

5 July, 2016


Debbie Cenziper is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and nonfiction author who writes for The Washington Post. She is also the newly named Director of Investigative Reporting at the Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University.

Over 20 years, Cenziper’s stories have sent people to prison, changed local, state and federal laws, prompted FBI and Congressional investigations and produced more funding for affordable housing, mental health care and public schools. She has won many major awards in American print journalism, including the Robert F. Kennedy Award, given by Ethel Kennedy and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, and the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting from Harvard University.

She received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize at The Miami Herald for stories about affordable housing developers who were stealing from the poor. The series prompted a federal takeover of the Miami-Dade housing agency. A year before that, Cenziper was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in explanatory reporting for reports that chronicled widespread breakdowns in the government’s multi-billion-dollar hurricane-warning system.

Cenziper is a frequent speaker at universities, national writing conferences, book clubs and festivals. She has been a guest on dozens of television and radio shows, including CNN, MSNBC and NPR’s Talk of the Nation. Cenziper and her stories at The Miami Herald were featured in a national PBS documentary on investigative reporting; her work at The Washington Post was featured in an award-winning, full-length documentary film, released nationwide in 2013.

In June 2017, she was even named in a question on the game show Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebec asked contestants, “Like Bob Woodward at The Washington Post, Debbie Cenziper is this type of reporter, from the Latin for ‘to track.’”

Cenziper’s first critically acclaimed nonfiction book, Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality (William Morrow) received a starred review from Booklist and was named one of the most notable books of 2016 by The Washington Post. The book was co-authored with Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff in the historic Supreme Court case.

Citizen 865: The Hunt for Hitler’s Hidden Soldiers in America  from  Hachette Books publishes November 12. The book relates the gripping story of a team of Nazi hunters at the U.S. Department of Justice as they raced against time to expose members of a brutal SS killing force who disappeared in America after World War Two.

Cenziper lives near Washington, D.C.  For more, go to


4 May, 2016


Dale Russakoff spent twenty-eight years as a reporter for the Washington Post, covering politics, education, social policy, and other topics. From 1994 to 2008, she served in the Post’s New York Bureau, where she covered the NYC metropolitan area, including Newark, New Jersey.

Dale Russakoff grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, attended public schools and graduated from Harvard University. She began her career as a reporter for The Alabama Journal and later lThe Atlanta JournalTHE PRIZE:  Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools (Houghton Mifflin, September, 2015), excerpted in The New Yorker, is her first book.  It was a New York Times bestseller, and a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for a work of a nonfiction, described by the judges as “a searing portrait of the enormous challenges of ‘saving our schools’.” THE PRIZE was also nominated for a Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism.  Alex Kotlowitz, reviewing the book in The New York Times declared:  “THE PRIZE may well be one of the most important books on education to come along in years.”

Russakoff lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband Matthew Purdy, an editor at The New York Times.  They have two grown sons.