The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners

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David Kocieniewski


David Kocieniewski is a business reporter covering the nation’s tax system for The New York Times since 2010. Before that, Mr. Kocieniewski was a reporter on The Times’s Metro desk since 1995 where he focused on law enforcement, corruption and its offshoot, and the New Jersey government.

Mr. Kocieniewski joined The New York Times in 1995. He worked at The Detroit News from 1986 to 1990, and New York Newsday from 1990 to 1995. He has covered criminal justice and politics for most of his career.

While at New York Newsday he wrote a series of articles about N.Y.P.D. police corruption that led to Mollen Commission hearings and won several awards, including from the New York State Bar Association and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Mr. Kocieniewski co-wrote a book, “Two Seconds Under the World,” about the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and the F.B.I.’s failure to takes steps that might have prevented it. He also wrote “The Brass Wall,” an exposé about N.Y.P.D. corruption in the Internal Affairs Bureau that nearly cost a hero undercover detective his life; the book was cited as one of the top 10 nonfiction books of 2003.

Mr. Kocieniewski was born in Buffalo, N.Y. He graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1985, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1986. He has two children and lives in Yardley, Pa.