Minard Editor Award Honoree
Deputy Managing Editor
The Wall Street Journal
Alix Freedman is a deputy managing editor for The Wall Street Journal, charged with spurring the Journal's efforts to maintain and extend the paper's unparalleled reputation for accuracy and fairness. She also oversees the final reading of Page One and other high-profile stories throughout the paper, and assures that complaints about Journal content are met with prompt and thorough responses. Prior to assuming her current position in December 2005, she was an assistant managing editor, beginning in December 2004. Ms. Freedman was a senior editor from 2002 to 2004. Before that, she was the Journal's investigative projects editor from 1999 to 2002.
Ms. Freedman joined the Philadelphia bureau of the Journal as a reporter in June 1984. She moved to the New York bureau in 1987, covering the food and tobacco industry and was promoted to senior special writer, doing investigative reporting in July 1991. In 1996, Ms. Freedman won a Pulitzer Prize in the national affairs category for her coverage of the tobacco industry, including a report that exposed how ammonia additives heighten nicotine potency.In December 2003, New York Women in Communications, Inc., named Ms. Freedman winner of their 2004 Matrix Award in the newspaper category. In 2002, Ms. Freedman and Journal colleague Steve Stecklow were nominated finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in the international reporting category for their reports revealing little-known ways that Saddam Hussein profited from the United Nations sanctions meant to punish him.
In 1999, Ms. Freedman won the George Polk Award for excellence in journalism in international reporting for her page-one story "Population Bomb." The story was an account of how two American contraceptive researchers arranged for chemical sterilization of more than 100,000 women in developing nations, using quinacrine, the potentially carcinogenic contraceptive. Also in 1999, Ms. Freedman was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for "Population Bomb."
Ms. Freedman has received two Gerald Loeb Awards. In 1998, she and another Journal reporter won in the deadline category for their coverage of the tobacco industry's liability settlement, and in 1993, she won in the large newspaper category for "Fire Power," an examination of how a secretive, Southern California family dominated the market for low-priced handguns frequently used in crimes. She was a 1994 Gerald Loeb finalist in the large newspaper category for her investigative article "Peddling Dreams."
Prior to joining the Journal, Ms. Freedman worked as a news assistant for the New York Times and as a staff reporter for Business Week magazine. Ms. Freedman is a graduate of Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in history and literature.