Dean Baquet leads a local investigative New York Times fellowship that gives journalists the opportunity to produce signature investigative work focused on their state or region. During his previous tenure as executive editor at the newspaper, The New York Times experienced significant audience and subscriber growth, and won 18 Pulitzer Prizes, including two for public service in journalism.
A former managing editor and editor of the Los Angeles Times, he has also reported for the Chicago Tribune and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. At the Chicago Tribune, Baquet served as associate Metro editor for investigations and was chief investigative reporter, covering corruption in politics and the garbage-hauling industry. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in March 1988 when he led a team of three in documenting corruption in Chicago City Council, and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 in the investigative reporting category. He has received numerous local and regional awards.