John Sullivan, a Pulitzer Prize winner from The Philadelphia Inquirer, is a reporter and Associate Investigations Editor on The Washington 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 was 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 STORIES BY JOHN SULLIVAN
- An endless cycle of outrage and reform (with Robert Klemko, June 10, 2021)
- Fatal police shootings of unarmed people have significantly declined, experts say (May 3, 2018)
- Nationwide, police shot and killed 1,000 in 2017 (Jan. 6, 2018)
- How one attorney forces police chiefs to rehire the officers they fire (Nov. 24, 2017)
- Number of fatal shootings by police is nearly identical to same period last year (July 1, 2017)
- Real-looking toys lead to 86 shootings in two years (Dec. 19, 2016)
- In fatal shootings by police, 1 in 5 officers’ names go undisclosed (April 1, 2016)
- Pursuing drugs and guns on scant evidence, D.C. police sometimes raid wrong homes — terrifying the innocent (March 5, 2016)
- Housing crisis plays out block-by-block in Fairwood (Jan. 26, 2015)