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Brian M. Rosenthal
BornMarch 16, 1989 (1989-03-16) (age 33)
EducationMedill School of Journalism at Northwestern University

Brian M. Rosenthal is an investigative reporter at The New York Times.[1] He is the winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for a series on the New York taxi industry.[2]

Early life and education

Rosenthal grew up in Indiana and graduated from Northwestern University, where he was Editor in Chief of The Daily Northwestern.[3]


Rosenthal started his career at local newspapers such as Pharos-Tribune in Logansport, Indiana, the Reno Gazette-Journal, The Seattle Times and The Orange County Register.

In 2011, he returned to The Seattle Times to cover education and the state house.[4] His year-long series on Washington state's mental-health system spurred significant reforms and was cited in a landmark state Supreme Court case. While in Seattle, he was also part of a reporting team that won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News for coverage of a mudslide that killed 43 people.[5]

He joined The Houston Chronicle in 2014 as a state bureau reporter based in Austin focused primarily on government and politics, and health and human services.[6] His 7-part series, "Denied," revealed that Texas officials had secretly, systematically and illegally denied special education services to tens of thousands of children with disabilities for more than a decade. The investigation forced the state to pass several reforms and increase special education funding by $250 million. The Chronicle was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer in Public Service for the series.[7]

In 2017, The New York Times announced Rosenthal's hire as part of an effort in “further expanding its already robust investigative team."[8]

His signature investigations are known for citing "enormous sums of interviews": “nearly 100 current and former M.T.A. employees,”[9] or “more than 100 other psychiatrists, nurses and officials”[10] or “more than 300 experts, educators and parents.”[11][12]

Rosenthal has won two George Polk Awards, the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, and was a finalist for the Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics. He also won a national Emmy Award in 2019 for his work as a producer on a mini-documentary.[13]

He has served since 2019 as an elected member of the board of Investigative Reporters and Editors.[14]

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  3. ^ "Brian Rosenthal to be next editor in chief of the Daily". 18 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Brian M. Rosenthal | the Seattle Times".
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  6. ^ "Brian M. Rosenthal, Austin Bureau, Houston Chronicle - Houston Chronicle".
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  8. ^ "The New York Times Adds To Investigative Muscle With Three New Hires". The New York Times Company. 2017-03-16. Retrieved 2022-04-21.
  9. ^ "The Most Expensive Mile of Subway Track on Earth". The New York Times. 2017-12-29. Retrieved 2022-04-21.
  10. ^ "'Boarding' mentally ill becoming epidemic in state". 5 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Denied: How Texas keeps out tens of thousands of children out of special education". Houston Chronicle. 2022-04-21. Retrieved 2022-04-21.
  12. ^ "The Path From Boy Scout to Pulitzer Winner". The New York Times. 2020-07-10. Retrieved 2022-04-21.
  13. ^ "The New York Times Wins Five Emmy Awards". The New York Times Company. 2020-09-23. Retrieved 2022-04-21.
  14. ^ "Brian M. Rosenthal". Investigative Reporters & Editors. 2021-06-28. Retrieved 2022-04-21.

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