Russell Carollo

Russell John Carollo (March 16, 1955 December 19, 2018) was an American journalist who worked as an investigative reporter for, among numerous publications, the Dayton Daily News, the Los Angeles Times, and The Sacramento Bee. He won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting at the Dayton Daily News for uncovering mismanagement in military healthcare.[1] During his 30-year career, Carollo reported from at least seventeen countries.


Carollo is a native of Lacombe in St. Tammany Parish in suburban New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism, and he also graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a bachelor's degree in history. (Louisiana State University inducted him into its Journalism Hall of Fame in 2009.) He also is a former Michigan Journalism Fellow, class of 1989–1990.

Carollo worked as a special projects reporter for the Dayton Daily News, The Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times, and he's taught journalism at Colorado College and Oklahoma State University.

Carollo currently works as a freelance journalist and consultant based out of Colorado, and his specialties include computer-assisted reporting, FOIA, state public records, the military, and long-term investigative projects.


In addition to his 1998 Pulitzer Prize, Carollo has been a Pulitzer finalist four times, most recently in 2002. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Carollo has won numerous other national awards, including Harvard University’s Goldsmith Award, two White House Correspondent's Association awards from U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Gerald Ford.


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