Sari Horwitz

Washington, D.C.

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter covering criminal justice issues for The Washington Post. Co-author of American Cartel.

Education: Bryn Mawr College, BA in political science; Oxford University, MA in politics, philosophy and economics

Sari Horwitz is an investigative reporter who covers criminal justice issues for The Washington Post where she has been a reporter for 38 years. Horwitz has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize four times. In 2002, she shared the Pulitzer for investigative reporting for a series exposing the District of Columbia's role in the neglect and deaths of 229 children placed in protective care. The series prompted an overhaul of the child welfare system and a new wing of D.C. Superior Court for children and families. Horwitz also co-wrote an investigation of D.C. police shootings that revealed that D.C.
Latest from Sari Horwitz

American Cartel: Inside the battle to bring down the opioid industry

An adaptation from Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz’s book, “American Cartel,” reveals how lobbyists, lawmakers and K Street attorneys thwarted efforts to stop the deadly flow of pain pills.

July 7, 2022

Judge rejects claim distributors fueled W.Va. community’s opioid crisis

Judge David A. Faber dismissed the argument made by Cabell County and its seat, Huntington, that three drug distributors bore responsibility for the consequences of an inundation of opioids.

July 4, 2022

    As opioids flooded tribal lands across the U.S., overdose deaths skyrocketed

    In states like Oklahoma, with 38 Native American tribes, the deluge of pain pills rivaled hard-hit Appalachia.

    June 29, 2020

    More than 100 billion pain pills saturated the nation over nine years

    New DEA data reveals that 24 billion additional pills than previously known to the public were distributed during the opioid epidemic.

    January 14, 2020

    More than 100 billion pain pills saturated the nation over nine years

    New DEA data reveals that 24 billion additional pills than previously known to the public were distributed during the opioid epidemic.

    January 14, 2020

    Could the DEA have stopped the opioid epidemic by cutting off the supply?

    Congress and others want the supply restricted to curb abuse, but former DEA officials say it cannot be done without hurting legitimate pain patients.

    December 28, 2019

    Could the DEA have stopped the opioid epidemic by cutting off the supply?

    Congress and others want the supply restricted to curb abuse, but former DEA officials say it cannot be done without hurting legitimate pain patients.

    December 28, 2019

    Inside the opioid industry’s marketing machine

    Unsealed court documents reveal how drug manufacturers paid doctors and movie stars to promote aggressive pain treatments and motivated their sales teams with contests and bonuses as the opioid epidemic heightened.

    December 6, 2019

    ‘SELL BABY SELL!’: Inside the opioid industry’s marketing machine

    Unsealed court documents reveal how drug manufacturers paid doctors and movie stars to promote aggressive pain treatments and motivated their sales teams with contests and bonuses as the opioid epidemic heightened.

    December 6, 2019

    Opioid manufacturers and pain groups respond

    Drugmakers and groups that advocate for pain patients respond to The Post’s reporting.

    December 6, 2019