Steve Stecklow is a senior special writer and news editor in the Boston bureau of The Wall Street Journal. He moved to Boston in July 2005 after spending seven years at the Journal’s London bureau as a global investigative reporter. Prior to that, he served as deputy bureau chief in the Journal's Boston bureau between March 1996 and July 1998. He joined the Journal in June 1993 as a Boston-based, national education reporter.
Mr. Stecklow began his journalism career in 1976 as a reporter at the Atlantic City Press in Pleasantville, N.J. He became a reporter at the Philadelphia Bulletin later that year. In 1981, he spent six months as a reporter at the Washington Star before joining the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he later became a national correspondent.
Mr. Stecklow has received numerous awards during his career. Most recently, he was part of the Wall Street Journal team that received the 2007 Pulitzer Gold Medal for Public Service for the comprehensive probe into backdated stock options. Mr. Stecklow also received a Scripps Howard for investigative reporting for the same series of exposing the corruption of manipulated stock options.In 1988, he shared a George Polk Award for Iran-Contra coverage with a team of Knight-Ridder reporters. From December 1989 through March 1990, he was a National Press Club Spanish language fellow in Cuernavaca, Mexico. In 1996, he won the grand prize in the 15th Annual Benjamin Fine Awards for outstanding education reporting for his 1995 page-one story, "Cheat Sheets," an investigation of college enrollments and the discrepancies being reported to various government agencies and consumer guidebooks. He won the 1996 George Polk Award for education reporting for his 1995 series on the Foundation for New Era Philanthropy, a massive Ponzi scheme. He also was a finalist in a 1996 Investigative Reporters and Editors contest; won a third-place prize for investigative reporting in the 1996 National Headliners Awards given by the Press Club of Atlantic City and received The Washington Monthly's May 1995 journalism award for his series on New Era.
In 1997, Mr. Stecklow was a member of a Journal team awarded the Inter American Press Association award for in-depth reporting for their 1996 coverage of political corruption and the drug-running crisis in Latin America. He won first-place prizes in the news features and investigative reporting categories in the 1997 National Awards for Education Reporting sponsored by the Education Writers Association. He was a member of a team of Journal reporters awarded a 1997 George Polk Award for medical reporting for coverage of fen-phen, a prescription diet medication. In 1998, Mr. Stecklow received a special citation for feature writing in the National Awards for Education Reporting and an honorable mention in the Benjamin Fine Awards for outstanding education reporting for his page-one story "Higher Yearning." He and a Journal colleague received a second place award in 2000 from the South Asian Journalists Association in the outstanding story on South Asia category for their page-one story "Borrower Beware."
In 2001, Mr. Stecklow and a Journal colleague, Alix Freedman, received awards for their page-one story "Bottled Up." They were recipients of the New York City Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalist's Deadline Club Award for best business news series or investigative reporting, of the New York Press Club Award for business reporting and of the Exceptional Merit Media Award in the news story category from the National Women's Political Caucus. They were also finalists in the Gerald Loeb Awards large newspaper category.
In 2003, Mr. Stecklow and Ms. Freedman were finalists for a Pulitzer prize for international reporting for a series of stories on corruption in the United Nations oil-for-food program. The stories also won a prize last year from the United Nations Correspondents Association.
In December 2004, Mr. Stecklow was among a group of Wall Street Journal reporters who won The Elizabeth Neuffer Award for Print Journalism for its series on the United Nations.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in West Orange, N.J., Mr. Stecklow received a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is married to Anne Krinsky, an artist, and they have a son, Jesse.