Lawrence Roberts has been an editor of investigative journalism for most of his career. He’s worked at the Washington Post, ProPublica, Bloomberg News, and the Hartford Courant, and was executive editor of the Huffington Post Investigative Fund.
Over the years, his work with great reporters has received a slew of journalism awards. He’s been a leader on teams honored with three Pulitzer Prizes. These include the 1991 Courant investigation into how and why the Hubble Space Telescope was launched with a crippling flaw; and at the Post, a series of 2005 stories that exposed corruption among lobbyists and lawmakers, and a 2007 project delving into the exercise of power by Vice President Dick Cheney.
Roberts started out in the Pacific Northwest, where he helped create an alternative weekly newspaper, the Seattle Sun, and went on to write for United Press International. As a young reporter he drove his Subaru through a towering ash cloud to cover the cataclysmic eruption of Mount St. Helens and its aftermath.
Because someone (hi Bill Sweet!) had given him a copy of George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia at an impressionable age, he lit out as soon as possible for Barcelona and Madrid, where he became a foreign correspondent, reporting on Spain’s awakening democracy after the Franco dictatorship.
Roberts graduated with a degree in political science from Franconia College, a pretty out-there experimental school in New Hampshire, which unfortunately no longer exists. He never went to journalism school, but he did teach journalism at Wesleyan University as a Koeppel Fellow. He lives with his family in the Washington, D.C. area. Mayday 1971 is his first book.