David Hilzenrath joined POGO as editor-in-chief in June 2012. Before that, he was a journalist for The Washington Post, where he wrote extensively about the intersection of business and government.
Much of Hilzenrath’s career has been devoted to investigative reporting. At The Post, he reported on the financial crisis, the regulation of the financial industry, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the policing of Wall Street. He has probed subjects as diverse as the finances of presidential candidates, offshore banking and money-laundering, executive compensation, the Deepwater Horizon disaster, federal tax policy, and accounting fraud. He has written about corporate scandals from Enron and WorldCom to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Bernie Madoff, and MF Global. His reporting on systemic conflicts of interest in the auditing of Corporate America helped provide a roadmap for reform. Hilzenrath scrutinized efforts to overhaul health care under presidents Obama and Clinton and has reported in depth on the business-driven transformation of the health care system.
He was a contributing author of Landmark: The Inside Story of America’s New Health Care Law and What It Means for Us All (Public Affairs, 2010). His honors include the Morton Mintz Award for Investigative Reporting and the Bill Pryor Memorial Grand Prize for Writing. He has appeared on radio and television, including NPR, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, and C-SPAN.
Hilzenrath studied at the University of Michigan through the program now known as the Knight-Wallace Fellowship. He is an honors graduate of Harvard College, where he majored in government.