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Paul Steiger: Business Reporting and the Creation of ProPublica

Interviewee(s):
Steiger, Paul
Interviewer(s):
Meeker, Martin
Title:
Paul Steiger: Business Reporting and the Creation of ProPublica
Abstract:
Paul Steiger was the founding editor-in-chief, CEO and president of ProPublica from 2008 through 2012. Prior to establishing ProPublica in collaboration with Marion and Herb Sandler, Steiger worked for 15 years as a reporter, the Washington economics correspondent, and the business editor for the Los Angeles Times, and for 26 years as a reporter and editor for the Wall Street Journal, where he was managing editor from 1991 to 2007. In this interview, Steiger discusses: learning about Herb and Marion Sandler while reporting business news for the Los Angeles Times; the reputation of the Sandlers in the world of finance; the state of investigative journalism in the internet era; the creation of ProPublica and how it grew into a respected voice in investigative journalism; and the present and future goals of ProPublica.
Subject area(s):
Politics, Law, and Policy
Interview date(s):
2017
Project:
Marion and Herbert Sandler
Rights:
Paul Steiger, “Paul Steiger: Business Reporting and the Creation of ProPublica,” the Marion and Herbert Sandler Oral History Project, conducted by Martin Meeker in 2017, Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2019.