Now contributing editors at VANITY FAIR, Barlett and Steele are digging back in and doing what they do best: hard-hitting investigative reporting. After careers that produced prize-winning investigations — merited two Pulitzers and two National Magazine Awards, among other awards – they have set journalistic benchmarks for more than 30 years. A few of the highlights:
• In 1972, they analyzed more than 1,000 cases of violent crime in Philadelphia for “Crime and Injustice.” It was the largest computer-assisted project of its time.
• Their PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER newspaper series “America: What Went Wrong” dissected the nation’s ongoing recession and was so popular the paper received more than 400,000 requests for reprints. The nine-part series was published as a book in 1992.
• A TIME magazine series in 1998 exposed government economic incentives to businesses as a form of “corporate welfare” that turned “politicians into bribery specialists, and smart business people into con artists.”
• In 2004, the two set out to diagnose how porous the U.S.-Mexico border actually was. Their investigation for TIME revealed that the border had grown less, not more, secure since 9/11.
Check back later this week for web-exclusive video of the pair discussing their work together over the past 30 years.