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
After a Washington Post story reported that top Trump administration officials were slated to get $10,000 raises during the shutdown, the administration told federal agencies that "it would be prudent" not to follow through on the pay increases.
Citing work by The Washington Post, organic farm advocates hail requirements in the new farm bill that are intended to make sure that imported food sold in the U.S. as "USDA Organic" is actually organic.
A rise in health-code violations at the second-largest nursing home chain in the United States began after the Carlyle Group orchestrated a deal that extracted $1.3 billion for investors but left the firm with untenable financial obligations, according to interviews and financial documents.
A campaign backed by a private-equity company is paying $3 a signature in a petition drive to overturn a California law that would end the bail system. Critics say the system leads to the disproportionate incarceration of poor people. The campaign is the latest sign that private-equity money is reaching into ever remote corners of the economy.