Senior Lecturer, Director of Medill Watchdog/Accountability Initiative
Investigative editor and reporter Rick Tulsky joined Medill as Director of its watchdog/accountability initiative.
Tulsky sees his role as director of Medill’s new Watchdog/accountability initiative as the logical step after a career devoted to undertaking local investigative projects, and to helping to ensure that such work flourishes in the future. At the Philadelphia Inquirer, Tulsky and two other reporters were awarded a Pulitzer prize for writing about flaws in the local court system -- one of more than two dozen national awards he has won. Projects he authored at the Los Angeles Times and the San Jose Mercury News also became finalists for the Pulitzer. But more important than the recognition, those projects led to reforms and raised public attention to systemic flaws in powerful institutions.
Tulsky became a member of the organization Investigative Reporters and Editors at the very first conference, and went on to become president and board chairman of that organization. He also previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tulsky earned his B.J. from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, his J.D. from Temple University School of Law, and studied as a Nieman fellow at Harvard University. A native Chicagoan and graduate of Evanston Township High School, Tulsky remains a lifelong Cubs fan, which helped nurture his respect for underdogs everywhere.