Michael Sallah joined The Washington Post’s investigations unit in 2012 after working at The Miami Herald seven years as an investigations editor and reporter. Michael was named a Pulitzer finalist for meritorious public service his final year at The Herald for stories that uncovered wretched and deadly conditions in Florida’s assisted living facilities, which led to the shutdown of some of the state’s largest homes. As a team leader, he oversaw an investigation into public housing corruption that won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting.
As a reporter in 2004, Michael was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting while working at The Toledo Blade for stories that uncovered the longest war crimes case of the Vietnam War and subsequent cover up by the Pentagon. The series, Buried Secrets, Brutal Truths, also won the IRE Medal, Sigma Delta Chi and a Nieman Foundation award.
Michael grew up in Ohio, and spent most of his professional career in South Florida. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Miami graduate school and Barry University in Miami. He is a journalism graduate of The University of Toledo.
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.