Matt Apuzzo

Matt Apuzzo (born c. October 20,[1] 1978) is an American journalist. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner[2] for The New York Times.

Matt Apuzzo
Apuzzo at the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes
Bornc. 1978 (age 4243)
Alma materColby College

Early life

Apuzzo was born in Cumberland, Maine and attended Colby College, where he edited the school newspaper, the Colby Echo.[3]


He wrote for the Waterville Morning Sentinel while in college. He then worked for The Standard-Times in New Bedford, Massachusetts before moving to the Associated Press. He reported on New York City Police Department corruption and misconduct and revealed its collaboration with the CIA to conduct surveillance in Muslim communities. He won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting with Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley.[4] In 2013, Apuzzo co-wrote a book with Adam Goldman called Enemies Within.[5]

In 2013, it was revealed that the Justice Department secretly subpoenaed his phone records as part of a leak investigation into who provided the Associated Press information about a bomb plot foiled by the CIA.[6] It was later revealed that the Justice Department had conducted leak investigations into his stories twice before. He has been highly critical of government secrecy and the media's willingness to accept it.[7][8]

Since 2013, he has worked for The New York Times[9] and teaches journalism at Georgetown University.[10] At the Times, Apuzzo broke several stories about the Justice Department's civil rights efforts and national security prosecutions.[11] In January 2015, he broke the story about how the FBI and Justice Department were recommending that the former C.I.A. director David Petraeus be charged with a felony in connection with disclosing sensitive national security information.[12] In April 2015, Apuzzo and his colleague Michael S. Schmidt revealed the video footage of a white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, shooting an unarmed black man running away from him.[13]

In July 2015, a story by Apuzzo and Michael S. Schmidt about the Hillary Clinton email controversy drew criticism from Mrs. Clinton's campaign and her supporters, including from the Times public editor Margaret Sullivan. The Washington Post media columnist Erik Wemple in April 2017 cleared Apuzzo and Schmidt of wrongdoing in connection with story, saying if anything the Times had understated the severity of how seriously the government was investigating Mrs. Clinton.[14]

Apuzzo and two other Times reporters authored a series of stories in 2016 about how American torture policies in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, had led to long lasting mental health issues for those detainees tortured by Americans. The stories were one of the first accounts of the mental health toll created by American torture policies.[15]

He shared in the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for the newspaper's coverage of the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.[16] In June 2018, the Times announced Apuzzo had been appointed Investigative Correspondent in Brussels and would be moving from the Washington bureau to join the International Desk from August 2018.[17]


  1. Birthday of the day, on, October 20, 2017.
  2. "Matt Apuzzo". The New York Times. 2018-06-08. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  3. "Apuzzo Wins Pulitzer". Colby College. 18 April 2012.
  4. Byers, Dylan (December 19, 2013). "AP's Matt Apuzzo to New York Times". Politico.
  5. Riedel, Bruce (September 10, 2013). ""Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and bin-Laden's Final Plot Against America," by Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman". Lawfare Blog. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  6. Calderone, Michael (May 13, 2013). "AP Phone Records Seized By Justice Department As War On Leaks Continues". Huffington Post.
  7. Calderone, Michael (September 3, 2013). "AP's Matt Apuzzo And Adam Goldman Crack Open Secretive Institutions, From NYPD To CIA". Huffington Post.
  8. Wheeler, Marcy (June 12, 2008). "Matt Apuzzo Pushes Back".
  9. Calderone, Michael (December 19, 2013). "AP's Matt Apuzzo Joins The New York Times". Huffington Post.
  10. "Matt Apuzzo". Georgetown University.
  11. Stolberg, Richard A. Oppel Jr , Sheryl Gay; Apuzzo, Matt (2016-08-09). "Justice Department to Release Blistering Report of Racial Bias by Baltimore Police". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  12. Schmidt, Michael S.; Apuzzo, Matt (2015-01-09). "F.B.I. and Justice Dept. Said to Seek Charges for Petraeus". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  13. Schmidt, Michael S.; Apuzzo, Matt (2015-04-07). "South Carolina Officer Is Charged With Murder of Walter Scott". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  14. Wemple, Erik; Wemple, Erik (2017-04-24). "New York Times sheds new light on its own controversial Clinton coverage". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  15. "'Civilized' nation can't justify torture". miamiherald. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  16. "Staffs of The New York Times and The Washington Post". The Pulitzer Prizes.
  17. "Matt Apuzzo Joins the International Desk as Investigative Correspondent in Brussels". The New York Times Company. 2018-06-18. Retrieved 2019-04-13.
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