Investigative reporter Education: University of Florida, BS, Journalism, 1992
Debbie Cenziper joined The Washington Post’s Investigative staff in 2007 after spending nearly 15 years at The Miami Herald and the Charlotte Observer. She received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for her year-long investigation of housing corruption in Miami, which led to the convictions of several developers and to a federal takeover of the county housing agency. In 2006, Debbie was named a Pulitzer finalist in explanatory reporting for her series exposing breakdowns in the nation’s hurricane-warning system.
At The Post, she has reported on local nonprofit groups that failed to provide services for people with AIDS and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's troubled housing-construction program for the poor, which led to changes in federal law. “Left With Nothing,” about the District's flawed tax lien program, was awarded the 2014 Robert F. Kennedy Award for Human Rights and the American Society of Newspaper Editors' local accountability award. “Forced Out,” exposing dangerous conditions in the District's rent-controlled apartments, was awarded Harvard University’s 2009 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
Debbie grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Florida in 1992. She is the author of the book “Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality,” published by William Morrow in 2016.
Washington DC's tax lien program has turned into an often predatory system of debt collection that has made it difficult for families to save their homes. Join the reporters, Michael Sallah, Debbie Cenziper and Steven Rich Tuesday, Sept. 10, for a chat about their investigative series.