Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist
Los Angeles, CA
Jeff’s Presentation will be entitled:
Bell, California – A Total Breakdown
Examination of unprecedented corruption in a poverty-stricken community
Jeff Gottlieb is a freelance writer. While working at the Los Angeles Times he shared the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service Reporting in 2011 for uncovering widespread corruption in the Southern California city of Bell. His stories led to the conviction of seven city officials, statewide legislation and an increased national focus on the salaries of public officials. He also received the George Polk Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal and the Selden Ring Award, among others.
He previously received a George Polk Award for uncovering Stanford University’s questionable spending of federal funds when he worked for the San Jose Mercury News. Because of those stories, Congress held hearings, Stanford’s president was forced to resign and new federal regulations were put into law.
Jeff also has worked as an editor for the Times, San Jose Mercury News and Sports Illustrated. He has written articles for Mother Jones, the Nation, Time, Rolling Stone and Los Angeles Magazine. He received a B.A. in sociology from Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif. and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University. Both schools have recognized him as a distinguished alumnus.