David Barstow

David Barstow

Faculty – Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism

Office: 2481 Hearst Ave

David Barstow, chair of the Investigative Reporting Program at Berkeley Journalism, is the first reporter in American history to win four Pulitzer Prizes.

He earned these honors over a span of 20 years while working for the investigative unit at The New York Times.

In 2019, Barstow, Russ Buettner and Susanne Craig were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for an 18-month investigation of President Donald Trump’s finances that debunked his claims of self-made wealth and revealed a business empire riddled with tax dodges.

In 2013 Barstow and Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for “Walmart Abroad,’’ a series that exposed Walmart’s aggressive use of bribery to fuel its rapid expansion in Mexico.

In 2009 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for “Message Machine,’’ his series about the Pentagon’s hidden campaign to influence news coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2004 Barstow and Lowell Bergman were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for articles about employers who committed egregious workplace safety violations that killed or injured hundreds of American workers.

Mr. Barstow is also the recipient of four Polk Awards, the Goldsmith Prize, the Alfred I. duPont Silver Baton, the Barlett and Steele Gold Medal, a Loeb Award, the Sidney Hillman Award, the Daniel Pearl Award for Investigative Reporting, two Sigma Delta Chi awards for distinguished service, the Peabody Award, the IRE Award, the Mirror Award, an Overseas Press Club Citation, two SABEW awards and the Gold Keyboard.

Before joining The New York Times in 1999, Mr. Barstow was a reporter for The St. Petersburg Times in Florida, where he was a finalist for Pulitzer Prizes three times. Before that, he was a reporter at The Rochester Times-Union in New York and the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Wisconsin. Mr. Barstow, a native of Concord, Mass., is a graduate of Northwestern University, which honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010. The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University inducted Mr. Barstow into its Hall of Achievement in 2015.

In 2019 Mr. Barstow became the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism at Berkeley Journalism, where he leads a storied program founded by Lowell Bergman dedicated to grooming future generations of investigative reporters by enlisting them in ambitious investigative projects. In his first three years at Berkeley, Barstow’s students have been published more than 150 times, with student bylines appearing on major investigations in The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, ProPublica, the New Yorker, Frontline, the Associated Press, Runner’s World, the Dallas Morning News, Reveal, KQED, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, Inside Climate and CalMatters. Three of Barstow’s students in the Investigative Reporting Program shared a Polk Award in 2022 for their coverage of violent right wing militia groups.

TEACHING SCHEDULE:

Sec. Title Time Location
001 J260 Investigative Reporting Seminar
Fall 2019
F 1:00 - 3:00 142 North Gate (LMC) — 142 North Gate (LMC)
001 J260 Investigative Reporting Seminar
Spring 2020
Th 4:00 - 6:00 To be determined — To be determined
001 J260 Investigative Reporting Seminar
Spring 2024
Wed 2–4pm 2481 Hearst Ave (IRP) — 2481 Hearst Ave (IRP)
001 J260 Investigative Reporting Seminar
Spring 2023
W 2–4pm 2481 Hearst Ave (IRP) — 2481 Hearst Ave (IRP)
003 J264 Open Source Investigations (OSINT)
Fall 2023
TU, TH 2–4pm 2481 Hearst Ave (IRP) — 2481 Hearst Ave (IRP)
001 J264B Open Source Investigations (OSINT)
Spring 2024
Tu, Thu 3:35–5:25pm
012 J294 Master’s Project Seminar – Barstow
Fall 2019
By appt. By appointment — By appointment
012 J294 Master’s Project Seminar – Barstow
Fall 2022
By appt. By appointment — By appointment
002 J294 Master’s Project Seminar – Barstow
Spring 2022
By appt. By appointment — By appointment
012 J294 Master’s Project Seminar – Barstow
Fall 2021
By appt. By appointment — By appointment
002 J294 Master’s Project Seminar – Barstow
Spring 2021
By appt. By appointment — By appointment
002 J294 Master’s Project Seminar – Barstow
Spring 2020
By appt. By appointment — By appointment
012 J294 Master’s Project Seminar – Barstow
Fall 2019
By appt. By appointment — By appointment
012 J294 Master’s Project Seminar – Barstow
Fall 2020
By appt. By appointment — By appointment
002 J298 – Developing your Blockbuster Investigative Story
Fall 2021
F 1:00 - 3:00 2481 Hearst Ave (IRP) — 2481 Hearst Ave (IRP)
003 J298 – Developing your Blockbuster Investigative Story
Spring 2022
F 1:00 -3:00 2481 Hearst Ave (IRP) — 2481 Hearst Ave (IRP)
002 J298 – Developing your Blockbuster Investigative Story
Fall 2022
F 1:00 - 3:00 2481 Hearst Ave (IRP) — 2481 Hearst Ave (IRP)
002 J298 – Developing your Blockbuster Investigative Story
Spring 2021
F 1:00 - 3:00
024 J298 – Developing your Blockbuster Investigative Story
Fall 2020
F 1:00 - 3:00
002 J298 Developing You Investigative Blockbuster Story
Fall 2023
F 1–3pm 2481 Hearst Ave (IRP) — 2481 Hearst Ave (IRP)
003 J298 Developing your Blockbuster Investigative Story
Spring 2023
Fri 1–3pm 2481 Hearst Ave (IRP) — 2481 Hearst Ave (IRP)
001 J298 Developing your Blockbuster Investigative Story
Spring 2024
Fri 1–3pm 2481 Hearst Ave (IRP) — 2481 Hearst Ave (IRP)
024 J298 OSINT Seminar – Open Source Investigations
Fall 2021
W 9:00 - 12:00 142 North Gate (LMC) — 142 North Gate (LMC)
024 J298 OSINT Seminar – Open Source Investigations
Fall 2022
Tu 2:00 - 4:00; lab: Wed. 2:00 - 3:00 142 North Gate (LMC) — 142 North Gate (LMC)
005 J298 OSINT Seminar – Open Source Investigations
Spring 2023
Tu 2–4pm By appointment — By appointment