John  Sullivan

John Sullivan

Senior Editor

John Sullivan, a Pulitzer Prize winner from The Philadelphia Inquirer, is a reporter on The Post's Investigations team, an investigative reporter in residence at American University and a senior editor at the Investigative Reporting Workshop.

He pairs grad students with various investigative teams inside the Post; students research, build databases, fact-check and interview. Sullivan also teaches an investigative practicum at the graduate level.

Sullivan was a senior lecturer and assistant director of Medill Watchdog and on the journalism faculty at Northwestern University, after working for nearly a decade at The Inquirer, where his assignments included covering the war in Iraq, state government, city hall, science and health and as a member of the paper’s investigative team.

His stories have forced officials to answer for systemic failings and to undertake an overhaul of the city’s child welfare system (winner of a Casey Medal in 2007); to restructure the criminal courts after it was shown that people charged with violent crimes escaped conviction on all charges in almost two-thirds of cases (winner of several national awards and finalist for the Selden Ring, 2010) and to terminate a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program that had allowed corporate polluters to burnish their green image (a finalist for a Pulitzer in 2009).

Most recently Sullivan led a team of five reporters who examined violence in the Philadelphia schools. The series won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2012, a Casey Medal and the IRE Award.

 

Recent News

California Conservation Corps failed to heed warning signs before fatal van crash

The fatal van crash was known as the "worst day" in the California Conservation Corps' 40-year history. Leaving three dead and debilitating one, the driver was found at fault while the agency was let off the hook. Family members of the victims say the man at the wheel had a history of reckless driving and careless behavior that corps supervisors knew about.

Incubating new economic models for journalism.

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Emails reveal complaints to mayor's office about transparency watchdog

Emails from aides to Mayor Muriel E. Bowser show frustration with District transparency head Traci L. Hughes' “cracking down” on agencies, according to a new report from The Washington Post. 


Coverage of arming teachers

Over that last eight years, interest in arming teachers with guns is the result of school shootings. News coverage and Google searches reflect these trends. 

Blogs

Most Recent Posts

Newspaper circulation plummets — again

Newspaper circulation plummeted again last year, following the trend of decreased distribution since the early 2000s, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Wednesday.

What we're reading: recent investigations from across the country

Latest investigations tackle immigration, crime and American's youth

Banks post record profits, but new bill may threaten community lenders

The U.S. banking industry reported record profits of $56 billion in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of more than 27 percent over the same time last year, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Giving data journalism a second shot

Flying from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., for an internship was a nerve-racking way to start my year. But that jump for a data journalism internship with The Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University was the best choice I’ve made this year.

Americans prefer the government protect free speech over censoring 'fake news,' Pew study shows

Most Americans are against the U.S. government restricting fake news online and prefer it protect freedom of information. However, most do support technology companies taking a role in limiting fake news. 

Partners

Workshop Partners

We publish online and in print, teaming up with other news organizations. We recently aired "Blackout in Puerto Rico," a co-production of FRONTLINE, NPR and the Workshop. We also recently produced an IRW Interactive, "Nightmare Bacteria: Life Without Antibiotics," a compilation of several programs on antibiotic-resistance done with the FRONTLINE team based at the Workshop and the School of Communication.

Our graduate students are working as researchers and reporters with The Washington Post's investigative team. We recently published stories with the Post on Trump merchandise, police shootings and fired officers.

Over the years, we have teamed with msnbc and later NBC News online to produce our BankTracker series and stories on the economy. We also co-produced the first season of "Years of Living Dangerously," a documentary series and Emmy Award-winning program that aired on Showtime. Learn more on our partners page.

Projects

Investigating Power update

Investigating Power update

Profiles of notable journalists and their stories of key moments in U.S. history in the last 50 years can be found on the Investigating Power site. See Workshop Executive Editor Charles Lewis' latest video interviews as well as historic footage and timelines. You can also read more about the project and why we documented these groundbreaking examples of original, investigative journalism that helped shape or change public perceptions on key issues of our time, from civil rights to Iraq, here.