18 Facts About ProPublica


ProPublica, legally Pro Publica, Inc, is a nonprofit organization based in New York City.

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ProPublica has partnered with more than 90 different news organizations, and it has won six Pulitzer Prizes.

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ProPublica was the brainchild of Herbert and Marion Sandler, the former chief executives of the Golden West Financial Corporation, who have committed $10 million a year to the project.

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At the time ProPublica was set up, Steiger responded to concerns about the role of the political views of the Sandlers, saying on The Newshour with Jim Lehrer:.

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ProPublica had an initial news staff of 28 reporters and editors, including Pulitzer Prize winners Charles Ornstein, Tracy Weber, Jeff Gerth, and Marcus Stern.

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For example, Paul Steiger, executive chairman of ProPublica, is a trustee of the Knight Foundation.

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ProPublica has attracted attention for the salaries it pays its employees.

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In 2010, eight ProPublica employees made more than $160,000, including managing editor Stephen Engelberg and the highest-paid reporter, Dafna Linzer, formerly of the Washington Post.

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In May 2020, ProPublica won the Pulitzer Prize in public service for illuminating public safety gaps in Alaska.

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In that same year, ProPublica won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for coverage of the United States Navy and the collisions of the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S McCain with civilian vessels in separate incidents in the western Pacific.

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In December 2012 and January 2013, ProPublica published and reported on confidential pending applications for groups requesting tax-exempt status.

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ProPublica conducted a large-scale, circumscribed investigation on Psychiatric Solutions, a company based in Tennessee that buys failing hospitals, cuts staff, and accumulates profit.

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In 2017, ProPublica launched the Documenting Hate project for systematic tracking of hate crimes and bias incidents.

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The project allows journalists and newsrooms to partner with ProPublica to write stories based on the dataset they are collecting.

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The Minneapolis Star Tribune partnered with ProPublica to write about reporting of hate crimes in Minnesota.

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In 2015, ProPublica launched Surgeon Scorecard, an interactive database that allows users to view complication rates for eight common elective procedures.

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ProPublica has created an interactive map that allows people to search for addresses in New York City to see the effects of eviction cases.

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In June 2021, after receiving leaked, hacked, or stolen IRS documents, ProPublica published a report which showed that tax rates for the wealthiest Americans were significantly lower than the average middle class tax rate, when considering unrealized capital gains as being equivalent to earned income.

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