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About Jo

Jo Becker is a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter for The New York Times, where she has broken stories on everything from the United States’ lethal program to kill suspected terrorists to the British phone-hacking affair, the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal, Vladimir Putin's Russia and the military intervention that left Libya a failed state. She has taught investigative journalism as a visiting professor at Princeton University, and her work has earned her numerous awards. A Washington Post series she coauthored on Vice President Dick Cheney won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.


2014 Overseas Press Club - Malcolm Forbes Award Citation 

For Putin's Way, a series on how Vladimir Putin wields power at home and abroad

2011 New York State Associated Press – 1st Place, Spot News

Led a team that was honored for coverage of the Penn State sex abuse scandal

2010 Finalist, Gerald Loeb Award for Business and Financial Journalism

For a co-authored investigation into the British phone hacking scandal


2009 Finalist, Pulitzer Prize, Public Service 

2009 Winner, Gerald Loeb Award for Business and Financial Journalism

Member of the team which wrote “The Reckoning,” a series on the roots of the 2008 financial meltdown

2008 Pulitzer Prize, National Reporting

2008 Goldsmith Award for Investigative Reporting

2008 George Polk Award for Political Reporting

For a four part series on Vice President Dick Cheney’s influence in the Bush administration (with Barton Gellman)

2005 Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association - 1st Place and “Best in Show,”  Public Service Category

For an investigation of waste, mismanagement and safety problems plaguing Washington D.C.’s Metro transit system

2004 Selden Ring Awardfor Investigative Reporting 

For a co-authored investigation that exposed unsafe drinking water in cities across the country that led the EPA to rewrite testing and public disclosure rules

2003 Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association - 2nd Place, State Government Category

For a co-authored investigation into Maryland Senate President’s circumvention of state campaign finance laws

2002 Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association - 2nd Place, Public Service Category

For a co-authored series on the lack of affordable housing in the Washington, D.C. region.

2000 Institute for Southern Studies Southern Journalism Award

For an investigation into Florida prison conditions that uncovered inmate abuse, the criminal backgrounds of many guards, and a health care system so negligent it was killing prisoners.

1998 Livingston Award Winner - Local Reporting Category

For a series exposing influence-peddling in Pasco County, Florida.

 1998 Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Green Eye Shade Award

Florida Society of Newspaper Editors Award – 1st Place, Deadline Reporting Category

Contributor to the St. Petersburg Times’ spot news coverage of a cop killer’s rampage

 1996 New Hampshire Press Association Award - 1st Place, General News Category

For coverage of a deadly dam break that exposed serious flaws in the state’s inspection program.

 1995 New England AP News Executives Association Award - 1st Place, Local Column Category