Peter Whoriskey

Washington, D.C.

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 an array of subjects, including financial inequality, the pharmaceutical industry, hospice care, organic food fraud and private equity. 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
Latest from Peter Whoriskey

Three dozen tycoons met Putin on invasion day. Most had moved money abroad.

Three dozen tycoons met Putin on invasion day. Pandora Papers and Paradise Papers reveal how Russia’s richest businessmen have transferred wealth offshore.

May 3, 2022

In Ukraine, despair and bloodshed in the backdrop of a somber holiday

Fighting continued as two top Biden officials traveled to Kyiv to visit the Ukrainian president. European leaders visited Ukraine weeks ago to witness firsthand evidence of atrocities committed by Russian soldiers but until Sunday, top U.S. officials had not visited the country since the invasion.

April 24, 2022

Corporate landlords are gobbling up U.S. suburbs. These homeowners are fighting back.

One in four homes sold in the Charlotte metro area last year were bought by investors — the second-highest share of all metros that Redfin analyzed. The trend hits predominantly Black neighborhoods the hardest.

March 31, 2022

Shareholders asked oil giant Chevron to cut emissions. Now some want the chairman ousted.

A shareholder advocacy group is renewing a bid to remove the chairman and another director at the nation’s second-largest oil company for not doing more to curb carbon emissions.

March 8, 2022

Russian oligarchs have donated millions to U.S. charities, museums and universities, analysis shows

As the Biden administration seeks to punish oligarchs aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin, records show that many U.S. charities and cultural institutions have long accepted large donations from them.

March 7, 2022

SEC proposes basic rules for private equity, hedge funds

While the SEC has generally steered clear of regulating the $18 trillion field of private funds — basically hedge funds, private equity and venture capital — it is proposing basic investor-disclosure rules for the field.

February 9, 2022

Sen. Warren demands profit and rent figures from companies following Pandora Papers revelations

Sen. Elizabeth Warren issued letters on Thursday to three of the nation's largest owners of suburban housing, demanding information about their profits, rent hikes and acquisitions. The letters come as a relatively new real estate phenomenon is spreading across suburban U.S. neighborhoods: large companies buying up thousands of single-family homes every month and putting them up for rent

January 14, 2022

Owners of burned Bronx building held billions in real estate, reaped housing subsidies

The owners of the apartment tower where a fire left 17 dead are three investment groups with billions of dollars in affordable housing investments. Some housing advocates say such investors, which take advantage of government subsidies for affordable housing, ought to be held to higher standards.

January 13, 2022

Tech billionaire surrenders Cambodian relics sold by indicted art dealer

The 35 relics from James H. Clark’s private collection include a monumental sandstone sculpture that once adorned an ancient Khmer capital city and bronze sculptures from near Angkor Wat. Clark obtained the relics more than a decade ago from indicted art dealer Douglas Latchford.

January 13, 2022

This block used to be for first-time homebuyers. Then global investors bought in.

The Pandora Papers reveal a plan to exploit the foreclosure crisis and an unprecedented flow of global finance into American suburbs. Wealthy investors profited as Progress Residential bought homes at depressed prices and rented them to middle-class families who could no longer afford to buy them.

December 15, 2021