Executive Editor, Bloomberg LP
Former Co-Chair, Pulitzer Prize Board
Robert Blau has carved an eclectic path up the journalistic ranks. As a young reporter at the Chicago Tribune, he wrote about music, reviewed movies and covered the police beat, before turning his attention to investigative reporting and editing. Following a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University in 1997, he began overseeing all major investigative and enterprise reporting at the Tribune, including its years-long probe of the failures of the criminal justice system in Illinois, which yielded numerous reforms and was emulated by news organizations across the country. In 2004, he was named managing editor of the Baltimore Sun, where he helped reengineer a web-first newsroom and led the paper’s award-winning journalism.
Blau joined Bloomberg News in 2008, where he directed a global team of investigative reporters and feature writers in collaboration with Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. Its projects forced unprecedented transparency from the Federal Reserve Bank, documented the human cost of the mining and cotton industries and revealed how hedge funds exploited the Brexit vote. He was named co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2018. Over the years the reporting teams Blau has led and the stories he has shepherded have won numerous journalistic accolades, including the Polk, Loeb, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Goldsmith, Overseas Press Club and Pulitzer Prizes. A native of New York City, he is the author of “The Cop Shop,” a memoir of covering crime in Chicago. He serves on the Nieman Foundation advisory board.