Michael D. Sallah

Michael D. Sallah is an American investigative reporter who has twice been awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

Michael D. Sallah
Alma materUniversity of Toledo
Notable worksTiger Force: A True Story of Men and War,
The Yankee Comandante: The Untold Story of Courage, Passion, and One American's Fight to Liberate Cuba
Notable awards2004 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting,
2007 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting,
2017 Honorary Doctorate from The University of Toledo, College of Arts and Letters


He graduated from St. John's Jesuit High School, a college preparatory school in Ohio, and the University of Toledo, where he obtained his undergraduate degree in journalism.

While working for The Toledo Blade, he received numerous state and national awards for his investigative stories into organized crime, clerical sexual abuse and white-collar fraud. He was named Best Reporter in Ohio in 2002 by the Society of Professional Journalists.[1]

Two years later, Sallah and fellow reporters Mitch Weiss and Joe Mahr were awarded the 2004 Pulitzer Prize[2] for Investigative Reporting for a series on the atrocities by Tiger Force, a U.S. Army platoon during the Vietnam War.

He became an investigative reporter and editor at the Miami Herald, where he directed numerous projects including a series on public housing corruption[3] that won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting.[4] He was a Pulitzer finalist for meritorious Public Service in 2012 for a series exposing wretched and deadly conditions in Florida's assisted living facilities.[5] He worked two years at The Washington Post, and returned in 2014 to The Miami Herald, where he was a Pulitzer finalist for Local Reporting in 2016 for stories that exposed a corrupt police sting operation that laundered $71.5 million for drug cartels—kept millions in profits—but did not make a single arrest.[citation needed] He has received other national awards for his work in accountability journalism, including The IRE Medal, a Gerald Loeb Award,[6] a Heywood Broun Award and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.


  • With Mitch Weiss.Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War. Little, Brown and Company. 2006. ISBN 0316066354. mitch weiss pulitzer.
  • With Mitch Weiss. The Yankee Comandante: The Untold Story of Courage, Passion, and One American's Fight to Liberate Cuba. Lyons Press, 2015. ISBN 0762792876


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