Stephanie Saul

Stephanie Saul is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist known for her work at Newsday and The New York Times.

Stephanie Saul
EducationB.A. in Journalism
Alma materUniversity of Mississippi
Notable awardsPulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting
Years active1975–
SpouseWalt Bogdanich

Early lifeEdit

Saul grew up in New Albany, Mississippi.[1][2][3] In middle school, she wrote the "Snoop" column for the school newspaper.[3] In high school, she was the editor for the school's newspaper, and graduated in 1972 as part of the first fully desegregated class in New Albany.[3]

Saul entered the University of Mississippi in 1972 intending to pursue a medical career after graduation, which she saw as a better career opportunity than journalism.[3] She took journalism classes along with her pre-med studies and served on the staff of the yearbook and the school newspaper, the Daily Mississippian.[1][3] In 1975, she graduated with a B.A. in Journalism and membership in the Phi Kappa Phi honors society.[1][3]


Saul began her journalism career working for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, covering the state government and the state legislature.[1] In 1980, Saul, fellow reporter Patrick Larking, and photographers Laura Lynn Fistler and Tom Hayes earned The Clarion-Ledger the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association for their feature article on jail conditions in Mississippi.[4] In 1981, Saul and W. Stevens Ricks received the George Polk Award for Regional Reporting for their article "Mississippi Gulf Coast: Wide Open and Wicked."[5]

While working for The Plain Dealer, Saul, Mary Anne Sharkey, and W. Steve Ricks wrote a multi-part series in 1985 titled "A Law Unto Himself" that exposed the corrupt practices of Ohio Supreme Court Justice Frank Celebrezze.[6][7] Fallout from the series led to his electoral defeat in 1986.[6]

Saul joined Newsday in 1984[2][8] and was the paper's national reporter from 1994 to 2000.[3] Together with Brian Donovan, she earned the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting "[for] their stories that revealed disability pension abuses by local police."[8] Their investigation found a number of retired police officers in the state of New York receiving millions in disability payments for minor injuries.[9]

Saul moved to The New York Times in 2005.[2] Her article on the Deepwater Horizon disaster, co-authored with David Barstow and David Rohde,[10] formed the basis for the 2016 film of the same name.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Saul and her husband, fellow Times reporter Walt Bogdanich, have two sons.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Stephanie Saul". Ole Miss Alumni Association. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "My Life As: Stephanie Saul and Walt Bogdanich". Stony Brook University School of Journalism. April 14, 2010. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Bennett, Taylor (September 16, 2014). "Stephanie Saul". Meek School Alumni Magazine. 2014–2015 (2). Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  4. ^ "Silver Gavel Award Winners – 1980s" (PDF). American Bar Association. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "Four staff members of the Times to get George Awards". The New York Times. March 1, 1982. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Davis, Dave (July 31, 2018). "Introduction". In Davis, Dave; Mazzolini, Joan (eds.). Plain Dealing: Cleveland Journalists Tell Their Stories. Pressbooks. MSL Academic Endeavors. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  7. ^ Sharkey, Mary Anne (July 31, 2018). "15. The ladies of the press". In Davis, Dave; Mazzolini, Joan (eds.). Plain Dealing: Cleveland Journalists Tell Their Stories. Pressbooks. MSL Academic Endeavors. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  8. ^ a b c "The 1995 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Investigative Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes.
  9. ^ Jalawan, Hanna (October 22, 2013). "10 Questions With 2013 Ole Miss Hall Of Famer Stephanie Saul". Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  10. ^ Barstow, David; Rohde, David; Saul, Stephanie (December 25, 2010). "Deepwater Horizon's Final Hours". The New York Times. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  11. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (March 8, 2011). "Summit, Participant And Imagenation Target Oil Rig Tragedy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 29, 2019.

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