Jo Becker

Jo Becker is an American journalist and author and a three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. She works as an investigative reporter for The New York Times.

Jo Becker
Becker at the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes
EducationB.S., University of Colorado Boulder
OccupationReporter
Notable credit(s)
The New York Times, Washington Post, Penguin Press

Work

Becker worked for the St. Petersburg Times, the Concord Monitor and the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour before starting at the Washington Post in 2000 where she covered local and state politics before joining the investigative projects team. Since 2007, she has worked at The New York Times as an investigative reporter.

Becker and Washington Post colleague Barton Gellman won the 2008 Pulitzer prize in national reporting for a series of articles "documenting the power wielded in secrecy by Vice President Dick Cheney."[1] She also shared the 2017 Pulitzer prize in international reporting awarded to the New York Times staff for a series or articles examining Russian President Vladimir Putin's efforts to "project power abroad and undermine the 2016 American presidential election," and the 2018 Pulitzer prize in national reporting awarded to the staffs of the New York Times and the Washington Post for stories exposing the Trump administration's ties to Russia.[2][3]

Becker is the author of Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality, published by Penguin Press, a book about the legal battle to bring the issue of same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court. The book received positive reviews.[4][5][6] It made the New York Times list of "100 notable books of 2014,"[7] the Washington Post list of "50 notable works of nonfiction,"[8] and the Kirkus Reviews list of "Best Nonfiction Books of 2014."[9]

Early life and education

Raised in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, Becker graduated from Mountain Lakes High School in 1985 and was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 2014.[10]

Becker has a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado in political science.[11]

For the academic year of 2012-2013, Becker was appointed as a visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, teaching investigative reporting.

Awards

  • 2018 Shared the 2018 Pulitzer prize in national reporting awarded to the "Staffs of The New York Times and The Washington Post"[12][13]
  • 2017 Shared the 2017 Pulitzer prize in international reporting awarded to "The New York Times Staff"[14][15]
  • 2015 Overseas Press Club Citation for International Business Reporting for "Putin's Way," a New York Times series examining money and power in President Vladimir Putin's Russia.
  • 2011 1st Place in the New York State Associated Press Awards Spot News category for coverage of the Penn State football child sexual abuse scandal.
  • 2010 Gerald Loeb Award for Business and Financial Journalism finalist for "Hack Attack," a New York Times investigation of the British phone hacking scandal.
  • 2009 Shared the Gerald Loeb Award for Large Newspapers for "The Reckoning," a New York Times series on the 2008 financial meltdown.[16][17] The series also was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in public service. [18]
  • 2008 Pulitzer prize in national reporting, with Barton Gellman.[19]
  • 2008 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, with Barton Gellman.[20]
  • 2007 George Polk Award for political reporting, with Barton Gellman.[21]
  • 2005 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, awarded to reporters and editors from The Washington Post for reporting on lead in D.C. water supply [22]
  • 1998 Livingston Award for coverage of corruption in local government

References

  1. Pérez-Peña, Richard (April 8, 2008). "Washington Post Wins Six Pulitzers". The New York Times. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  2. http://www.pulitzer.org/winners/staff-79
  3. http://www.pulitzer.org/winners/staffs-new-york-times-and-washington-post
  4. Schulz, Connie (April 18, 2014). "Book review: 'Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality' by Jo Becker". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  5. Hirshman, Linda (April 24, 2014). "Eyes on the Prize". The New York Times. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  6. "Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  7. "100 Notable Books of 2014". The New York Times. December 2, 2014. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  8. "50 notable works of nonfiction". The Washington Post. November 20, 2014. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  9. "Best Nonfiction Books of 2014". Kirkus Reviews. December 2, 2014. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  10. Alumni Hall of Fame Jo Becker Class of 1985, Mountain Lakes High School. Accessed September 8, 2019.
  11. "The 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winners Biographies". Pulitzer Prizes, Columbia University.
  12. "The 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner in National Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  13. "2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners". The New York Times. April 17, 2018. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  14. "The 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner in International Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  15. "2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners". The New York Times. April 10, 2017. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  16. Zonnas, Jennifer Malloy (June 30, 2009). "Financial crisis coverage dominates Loeb Awards". WPVI-TV. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  17. "Loeb Winners". UCLA Anderson School of Management. June 29, 2009. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  18. "2009 Pulitzer Prizes". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  19. "The 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winners for National Reporting". Pulitzer Prizes, Columbia University.
  20. "Honors". The Washington Post. March 20, 2008.
  21. "Honors". The Washington Post. February 19, 2008.
  22. "Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting » Previous Winners". USC Annenberg. Archived from the original on May 26, 2014. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
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