Investigative Reporting Program
David Barstow is the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and leads the Investigative Reporting Program.
Barstow was a senior writer at The New York Times and the first reporter to ever win four Pulitzer Prizes. At The Times, he was part of a team with Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner on an 18-month project that won a 2019 Pulitzer for shattering Donald Trump’s myth that he is a self-made billionaire and exposed evidence of questionable tax avoidance by the Trump family. In 2013, he and Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab were awarded the Pulitzer for investigative reporting for “Walmart Abroad,” a series that exposed Walmart’s aggressive use of bribery to fuel its rapid expansion in Mexico. In 2009, he was awarded the Pulitzer for investigative reporting for “Message Machine,” a series about the Pentagon’s hidden campaign to influence news coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2004, he and Lowell Bergman were awarded the Pulitzer for public service for articles about employers who committed egregious workplace safety violations that killed or injured hundreds of workers.
Barstow joined The Times in 1999 and he has been a member of the paper’s Investigative unit since 2002. He is the recipient of three Polk Awards, the Goldsmith Prize, the Alfred I. duPont Silver Baton, the Barlett and Steele Gold Medal, a Loeb Award, the Sidney Hillman Award, the Daniel Pearl Award for Investigative Reporting, two Sigma Delta Chi awards for distinguished service, the Peabody Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the Mirror Award, an Overseas Press Club Citation, two Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards, and the Gold Keyboard.
Before joining The Times, he reported for The St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) in Florida, where he was a finalist for three Pulitzers. Before that, he was a reporter at The Times-Union in Rochester, N.Y., and The Green Bay Press-Gazette in Wisconsin. Barstow is a native of Concord, Mass., and a graduate of Northwestern University, which honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010. He was inducted into the Hall of Achievement at the university’s Medill School of Journalism in 2015.