David Barstow joined The Times in April 1999, starting out as a reporter for the Metro Desk. He covered the presidential election in 2000, wrote extensively about financial aid for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, served as chief of The Times’s Brooklyn Bureau and joined the newsroom’s investigative unit in May 2002.
In 2002 and 2003, Mr. Barstow reported extensively on workplace safety in America, leading a team of journalists that produced two series for The Times and a documentary for the PBS program “Frontline.” The two series, “Dangerous Business” and “When Workers Die,” were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2004. The same body of work was also recognized with a George Polk Award for labor reporting; the Goldsmith Award for investigative reporting; the Alfred I. duPont Silver Baton; and a Peabody Award.
Prior to joining The New York Times, Mr. Barstow worked for The St. Petersburg Times in Florida, where he was a finalist for three Pulitzer Prizes: in 1997 he was the lead writer for coverage of race riots, a finalist for spot news; in 1998 he helped lead coverage of financial wrongdoing at the National Baptist Convention, a finalist for investigative reporting; and, that same year, he wrote a series about tobacco litigation, a finalist for explanatory journalism.
Before joining The St. Petersburg Times, Mr. Barstow worked for the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Wisconsin and the Rochester Times-Union in upstate New York.
Born on Jan. 21, 1963, in Boston, Mr. Barstow grew up in Concord, Mass., not far from the Old North Bridge. He received a B.S. degree in journalism from Northwestern University in 1986. He is married, has two children and lives in Glen Ridge, N.J.