Ellen Schultz is a news editor in the Health & Science section of The Wall Street Journal. She continues her coverage of medical benefits and pensions and also works with other editors and reporters to broaden the Journal’s coverage of the problems individuals face in the increasingly complicated financial world.
In February 1990, Ms. Schultz joined the Journal as a reporter in New York. She has covered personal finance, mutual funds, medical insurance and benefits. She was named a special writer in April 1995 and a news editor in June 2001. Prior to joining the Journal, Ms. Schultz covered personal investing at Fortune magazine from 1987 to 1990.
In early 2005, Ms. Schultz, along with fellow Journal colleague Theo Francis, won the George Polk Award for economics reporting for a series of articles about how employers are profiting from their retiree health plans. The pair also won the William Brewster Styles Award for Business/Economics Reporting from the Scripps Howard Foundation for the same series of articles. In 2004, she and Mr. Francis received the New York Press Club’s Award for Business Reporting for “Hidden Roots of the Pension Crisis,” and were also finalists for a Gerald Loeb award.
In 2003, Ms. Schultz was a member of a team of Journal reporters awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting, for an article on how companies hide executive compensation. Ms. Schultz and Mr. Francis won a George Polk Award in the financial reporting category and a Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for their investigation into how companies profit from the deaths of workers on whom they hold life insurance. She also shared with other Journal reporters an award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) for a series on corporate scandals, and awards from SABEW and the New York Press Club for coverage of Enron. Also in 2003, she and Mr. Francis were finalists in the Investigative Reporters and Editors contest and the Gerald Loeb awards.
In 2002, Ms. Schultz received an award for Distinguished Literary Contributions from the IEEE-USA, and in 2001 she was awarded the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for a series of articles on how companies profit from their benefits plans. In 2000, she won the Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business and financial journalism; the George Polk Award in the financial reporting category; the Gold Typewriter Award from the New York Press Club, and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Also in 2000, she was a finalist in the Deadline Club’s award for best investigative reporting and received an honorable mention in the Heywood Broun Awards for distinguished journalism.
Ms. Schultz has received six Front Page Awards from the Newswomen’s Club of New York, from 1996 to 2001, for articles in the sports writing, financial, and specialized writing categories. She received awards for retirement savings reporting in 2000, 1998 and 1997 from the ICI Education Foundation and American University’s School of Communication.
A San Francisco native, Ms. Schultz earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a master's degree from New York University, where she taught dozens of writing and journalism courses for more than decade.