Jesse Eisinger
Eisinger seated at table speaking into microphone
Eisinger in 2023
EducationColumbia College (BA)
AwardsPulitzer Prize for National Reporting (2011)

Jesse Eisinger is an American journalist and author. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2011,[1] he currently works as a senior reporter for ProPublica.[2] His first book, The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2017.[3]

Eisinger's work has appeared in ProPublica, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New Yorker website, and many other publications.[2]


Eisinger is a graduate of Columbia College, where he majored in American Studies.[4]

Early career

Eisinger began his career with The South Pacific Mail in Santiago, Chile. He moved to Dow Jones Newswires and then, where he covered biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.[5]

In 2000, Eisinger was hired by The Wall Street Journal Europe, where he wrote the thrice-weekly column "Heard in Europe" for two years.[5]

While working in Europe, Eisinger helped expose frauds at Lernout & Hauspie, a Belgian company specializing in voice recognition software, and Élan, an Irish pharmaceutical company.[5]

Financial and investigative reporting

Eisinger moved to New York in 2002 to write for The Wall Street Journal. His first column was called "Ahead of the Tape". After two years, he started writing a new financial column called “Long and Short”.[6]

Several years later, Eisinger joined the Conde Nast Portfolio as the magazine's Wall Street editor. His cover story in November 2007, titled “Wall Street Requiem,” predicted the collapse of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers.[6]

Eisinger was hired as a senior reporter by the nonprofit investigative newsroom ProPublica in 2009.[6]

Pulitzer Prize

In 2009, Eisinger began work on a series of stories, “The Wall Street Money Machine,” that revealed how Wall Street's morally questionable practices had led to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.[7]

Co-authored with Jake Bernstein, the series was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2011. It was the first Pulitzer Prize awarded to a group of stories published in a digital-only format.[7]

Other awards

Eisinger was a New America Fellow in 2016 and 2017.[8]

Eisinger's Wall Street series was also nominated for the 2011 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. He would be nominated again for the Goldsmith in 2015 for a series of stories about the Red Cross, written with Justin Elliott of ProPublica and NPR’s Laura Sullivan.[8]

In 2015, Eisinger was honored with the Gerald Loeb Award for his Wall Street commentary.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Winners, Finalists For The 2011 Pulitzer Prizes". April 18, 2011. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Jesse Eisinger - ProPublica". ProPublica. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  3. ^ Eisinger, Jesse (July 11, 2017). The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9781501121364.
  4. ^ "In Lumine Tuo | Columbia College Today". Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Jesse Eisinger Bio | Investopedia". Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Jesse Eisinger Joins ProPublica's Reporting Team". ProPublica. (press release). July 8, 2009. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Steiger, Paul (April 18, 2011). "A Note on ProPublica's Second Pulitzer Prize". ProPublica. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c "Jesse Eisinger". New America. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  9. ^ "UCLA Anderson School of Management Announces 2015 Gerald Loeb Award Winners". UCLA Anderson School of Management. June 24, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2019.