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Jeff Leen is the assistant managing editor in charge of The Washington Post’s investigative unit, where he was part of a four-reporter team whose examination of police shootings in the District won the 1999 Pulitzer Gold Medal for Public Service, the paper's first since Watergate. He joined The Post as an investigative reporter in 1997. He became investigations editor in 1999 and assistant managing editor in 2003. Previously, he worked for 10 years on the investigative team for the Miami Herald, where he co-authored a 10-part series on the Medellin Cartel that was later turned into a book. He joined the Herald as a reporter in 1982, working in the Naples, Delray Beach and West Palm Beach bureaus before becoming a general assignment reporter covering the Miami drug trade in 1985. As a reporter or an editor, Leen has worked on investigations that have been honored with nine Pulitzer Prizes: Hurricane Andrew’s impact on South Florida (Gold Medal, 1993), D.C. police shootings (Gold Medal, 1999), abuse in D.C. group homes (Gold Medal, 2000), deaths among children monitored by D.C. social services (Investigative Reporting, 2002), the Sept. 11 plot (National Reporting, 2002), the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal (Investigative Reporting, 2006), the Richard B. Cheney vice presidency (National Reporting, 2008), the Edward Snowden revelations (Gold Medal, 2014) and fatal police shootings nationwide (National Reporting, 2016). Four other investigations have been Pulitzer finalists, including examinations of police overtime abuse in South Florida, the Nature Conservancy, the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and federal farm subsidies.Honors & Awards:
Kings of Cocaine: An Astonishing True Story of Murder, Money and International Corruption (Simon & Schuster, 1989).Buy it from Amazon
The Queen of the Ring: Sex, Muscles, Diamonds and the Making of an American Legend (Atlantic Monthly, 2009).Buy it from Amazon