Jake Bernstein is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and author. He previously worked with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. During a 25-year career, he has covered the civil war in Central America, industrial pollution in Texas, political corruption in Miami, system-crashing greed on Wall Street and the secret world of offshore money. He has written travel pieces, reviewed movies and books and taken his journalism to the radio and TV.
His 2017 book is Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite (Henry Holt), which takes an in-depth look at the evolution of the offshore world as seen through the Panama Papers and the journalists and investigators who tried to break through its secrecy. The book has been optioned by Steven Soderbergh, Michael Sugar, Lawrence Grey and Scott Z. Burns to be made into a feature film.
Bernstein, who speaks Spanish, began his journalism career in Latin America as a freelancer. After a brief stint at Pasadena [Texas] Citizen, Bernstein joined Miami New Times as a reporter-staff writer (1997-2002), where he covered political corruption, media and the environment with stories on the fight over Elián González, Everglades restoration and the 2000 presidential recount.
In mid-2002, Bernstein joined The Texas Observer as a reporter-editor, eventually rising to the position of executive editor in 2004 and served through 2008. During his tenure at the Observer, Bernstein covered stories on government surveillance, Tom DeLay’s money-laundering legislative takeover and Texas’ demographic shift. Under his leadership, Utne Reader named The Texas Observer, Best Political Magazine of 2005.
Bernstein joined ProPublica in 2008, shortly after its founding, where he worked as a business reporter. In 2011, he and a colleague won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for coverage of Wall Street in the lead up to the financial crisis. In 2014, Bernstein broke the story of the secret tapes of Carmen Segarra, a whistleblower bank examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The story prompted a U.S. Senate hearing.
Most recently, Bernstein worked as senior reporter the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists) on the Panama Papers. In addition to sharing a byline on the main story, Bernstein also authored consortium's piece on the Russia findings in "All Putin's Men: Secret Records Reveal Money Network Tied to Russian Leader" and story on "The Art of Secrecy" in the offshore world. The project won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting and was a Pulitzer finalist for International Reporting.
Bernstein is co-author of VICE: Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency, published by Random House in 2006.
He has also written Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite (Henry Holt, Fall 2017, ISBN 978-1250126689), which takes an in-depth look at Panama Papers and the journalists that unearthed them. Bernstein signed with United Talent Agency (UTA) to sell the book for film and television.
|2017||The Pulitzer Prize||Explanatory Reporting||"Panama Papers"||Won|
|2017||The Pulitzer Prize||International Reporting||"Panama Papers"||Finalist|
|2017||Polk Award||Financial Reporting||"Panama Papers"||Won|
|2011||The Pulitzer Prize||National Reporting||"The Wall Street Money Machine"||Won|
|2011||Goldsmith Award||Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting||"The Wall Street Money Machine"||Finalist|
|2011||The IRE Awards||Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc.||Finalist|
|2012||Best Business Writing||Columbia University||Awarded|
|2013||Best Business Writing||Columbia University||Awarded|
Trinity School is a highly selective independent, preparatory, co-educational day school for grades K-12 located in New York City, USA, and a member of both the New York Interschool and the Ivy Preparatory School League. Founded in 1709 in the old Trinity Church at Broadway and Wall Street, the school is the fifth oldest in the United States and the oldest continually operational school in New York City.