Reporter focusing on investigations of economic and financial issues Education: Dartmouth College, BA in mathematics; Johns Hopkins University, MS in applied economics
Peter Whoriskey has been a staff writer for The Washington Post since 2001, covering a wide array of topics, including financial inequality, the pharmaceutical industry, hospice care, organic food fraud and the recession. As the paper's Southern bureau chief, he covered Hurricane Katrina. His series on the role of pharmaceutical companies influencing drug research, “Biased Research, Big Profits,” won a George Polk Award in 2013. Previously, he worked at the Miami Herald, where he contributed to the paper's coverage of Hurricane Andrew, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for public service. His stories after Andrew led to an overhaul of the federal construction standards for mobile homes.
Honors & Awards:
George Polk Award 2012
Sigma Delta Chi Award for Non-Deadline Reporting 2011
National Press Foundation Feddie Reporting Award 2010
Contributor to Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of Hurricane Andrew at the Miami Herald 1993
In another supply chain controversy for chocolate makers, petitions filed with U.S. Customs and Border Protection ask for a ban on the Malaysian company's palm oil and any products containing it. Company officials say they have taken steps to eradicate labor abuses.
In a letter, Les Wexner, the billionaire who founded the Limited retail empire, says he is "embarrassed" to have been deceived by Epstein. The vast sums allegedly taken, which exceeded $46 million, were partially repaid, he says.
Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter to acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, citing an investigation by The Washington Post that found major chocolate companies, including Nestle, Hershey and Mars, failed to keep a 2001 promise to Congress to eradicate child labor from their supply chains in West Africa.
While much of the early legal sparring has focused on questions of Epstein’s freedom, a secondary struggle may determine how much money Epstein has — and what he will owe and to whom when it’s all over.