Jake Bernstein is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. During a 25-year career he’s covered civil wars in Central America, industrial pollution in Texas, political corruption in Miami, system-crashing greed on Wall Street and the secret world of offshore money. He’s written travel pieces, reviewed movies and books and taken his journalism to the radio. Recently, Bernstein has worked as a senior reporter with The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on the Panama Papers.
In 2011, while at ProPublica Bernstein and a colleague won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a series they did on Wall Street in the lead up to the financial crisis. Bernstein’s work was also featured in Columbia University’s collection of the Best Business Writing in both 2012 and in 2013 for the insurance story, “Death Takes a Policy.”
Bernstein, who is fluent in Spanish, began his journalism career in Latin America, as the region marked the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival. He served as a staff writer for the Pasadena [Texas] Citizen and then for the Miami New Times where he covered the fight over Elián González and the 2000 presidential recount. His work has received numerous state-level and national journalism awards.
Prior to joining ProPublica, Bernstein worked as a reporter-editor at The Texas Observer, an investigative biweekly based in Austin for two years, and as its executive editor from 2004 to 2008. During his tenure at the Observer, Bernstein corralled stories on government surveillance, Tom DeLay’s money-laundering legislative takeover and Texas’ demographic shift. Under his leadership, Utne Reader named The Texas Observer, Best Political Magazine of 2005.
Bernstein is co-author of Vice: Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency (2006).
He is currently working on a book on the Panama Papers for Henry Holt & Co. Hot Panama Papers Project Shopped for Film and TV Amid Book Deal
He’s also a civil war buff, dilatory yoga practitioner, aspiring grill master, practicing feline whisperer and adventure travel junkie. Bernstein lives in Brooklyn with his wife Eve and a cat who has them both wrapped around his paw.