Michael Grabell


Michael Grabell covers economic issues, labor, immigration and trade for ProPublica, a nonprofit journalism organization dedicated to in-depth stories in the public interest. He has reported on the ground from more than 30 states, as well as some of the remotest villages in Alaska and Guatemala. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Time, USA Today and The New York Times and on NPR, Vice, Univision and CBS News. He has won Gerald Loeb, SABEW and Barlett & Steele awards for business journalism, an ONA award for innovation in investigative journalism, an IRE medal, and Edward R. Murrow award and an ASNE award for reporting on diversity. He is a three-time finalist for the  Livingston Award for Young Journalists and has also been a finalist for the Shadid ethics award and the Taylor award for fairness in journalism.

Before joining ProPublica, Grabell was a reporter covering state and federal courts, police, and aviation security for The Dallas Morning News.  He has also worked for The New York Times, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Greensboro, N.C., News & Record, the Times of Trenton, and the Morris County, N.J., Daily Record. His investigative work has included stories on how companies take advantage of immigrants, the dismantling of workers'  comp, the growth of temp work, President Obama's economic stimulus package, the TSA's body scanners, the Federal Air Marshal Service, the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, chemicals stored near schools and neighborhoods, and a bus fire that killed 23 nursing home patients fleeing Hurricane Rita.
Grabell's first book Money Well Spent?: The Truth Behind the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus, the Biggest Economic Recovery Plan in History was published in 2012 by PublicAffairs.  He has been a guest on CNN, Fox News, CNBC, C-SPAN, PBS NewsHour, ABC News, CBS News, NPR's Fresh Air and the Diane Rehm Show.

Outside of work, Grabell is an award-winning poet, whose first chapbook, Macho Man, won the Finishing Line Press chapbook competition in 2013 and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry anthology, Best New Poets 2009, Southwest Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Alehouse, Rattle, and the Sow's Ear Poetry Review.  His poetry has won a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize and was runner-up in the River Styx International Poetry Contest.  He has also served as a mentor in the MFA program at Western Connecticut State University.

Originally from Montville, N.J., he currently lives in the New York suburbs with his wife and children.

Find him on Twitter @MichaelGrabell    

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