Gary Cohn

Gary Cohn, the winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, is a senior investigative reporter for Capital & Main and an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Capital & Main is a news web site that reports on the economy, politics, business, labor, jobs, education and the environment.

A reporter for more than three decades, Cohn has worked for the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Baltimore Sun, the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and for columnist Jack Anderson in Washington. Cohn also served for two years as Atwood Professor of Journalism at the University of Alaska at Anchorage.

Many of Cohn’s stories have exposed wrongdoing and resulted in significant reforms. He and his colleague Will Englund won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for a series of articles in the Baltimore Sun that documented the dangers to workers and the environment when old warships are dismantled. Cohn has won numerous other national reporting awards, including an IRE Medal, a George Polk Award, two Selden Ring Awards for investigative reporting, Sigma Delta Chi’s first prize for investigative reporting, a National Press Club award, a Barlett & Steele award for investigative business journalism, an award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and two Overseas Press Club Awards.

He also was a Pulitzer finalist in 1996 for a series of stories that documented how a CIA-trained Honduran army kidnapped, tortured and executed hundreds of suspected subversives during the 1980s, with U.S. government knowledge and complicity, and a Pulitzer finalist in 2001 for a series that suggested that university research on new drug therapies is being tainted by relationships with profit seeking drug companies.

Cohn earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Political Science at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed the first year of law school at the University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall, took a year’s leave of absence to work as a reporter, and decided he liked journalism too much to ever go back.