Jesse Eisinger

Jesse Eisinger is an American journalist and author. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2011,[1] he currently works as a senior reporter for ProPublica.[2] His first book, The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2017.[3]

Eisinger's work has appeared in ProPublica, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New Yorker website, and many other publications.[2]

Jesse Eisinger
Alma materColumbia University


Eisinger is a graduate of Columbia College, where he majored in American Studies.[4]

Early career

Eisinger began his career with The South Pacific Mail in Santiago, Chile. He moved to Dow Jones Newswires and then, where he covered biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.[5]

In 2000, Eisinger was hired by The Wall Street Journal Europe, where he wrote the thrice-weekly column "Heard in Europe" for two years.[5]

While working in Europe, Eisinger helped expose frauds at Lernout & Hauspie, a Belgian company specializing in voice recognition software, and Élan, an Irish pharmaceutical company.[5]

Financial and Investigative Reporting

Eisinger moved to New York in 2002 to write for The Wall Street Journal. His first column was called "Ahead of the Tape". After two years, he started writing a new financial column called “Long and Short”.[6]

Several years later, Eisinger joined the Conde Nast Portfolio as the magazine's Wall Street editor. His cover story in November 2007, titled “Wall Street Requiem,” predicted the collapse of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers.[6]

Eisinger was hired as a senior reporter by the nonprofit investigative newsroom ProPublica in 2009.[6]

Pulitzer Prize

In 2009, Eisinger began work on a series of stories, “The Wall Street Money Machine,” that revealed how Wall Street's morally questionable practices had led to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.[7]

Co-authored with Jake Bernstein, the series was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2011. It was the first Pulitzer Prize awarded to a group of stories published in a digital-only format.[7]

Other Awards

Eisinger was a New America Fellow in 2016 and 2017.[8]

Eisinger's Wall Street series was also nominated for the 2011 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. He would be nominated again for the Goldsmith in 2015 for a series of stories about the Red Cross, written with Justin Elliott of ProPublica and NPR’s Laura Sullivan.[8]

In 2015, Eisinger was honored with the Gerald Loeb Award for his Wall Street commentary.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Winners, Finalists For The 2011 Pulitzer Prizes". April 18, 2011. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Jesse Eisinger - ProPublica". ProPublica. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  3. ^ Eisinger, Jesse (July 11, 2017). The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9781501121364.
  4. ^ "In Lumine Tuo | Columbia College Today". Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Jesse Eisinger Bio | Investopedia". Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Jesse Eisinger Joins ProPublica's Reporting Team". ProPublica. (press release). July 8, 2009. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Steiger, Paul (April 18, 2011). "A Note on ProPublica's Second Pulitzer Prize". ProPublica. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c "Jesse Eisinger". New America. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  9. ^ "UCLA Anderson School of Management Announces 2015 Gerald Loeb Award Winners". UCLA Anderson School of Management. June 24, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2019.

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Eisinger is a surname: Notable people with the name will include:

Jo Eisinger (1909-1991), film and television writer whose career spanned more than forty years

Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger (1924–1942), Romanian-born German-language poet, Jewish victim of the Holocaust

Jesse Eisinger, American journalist, currently a financial reporter for ProPublica

Ari Eisinger, guitarist and singer from Pennsylvania

Claudia Eisinger (born 1984), German actress

Detlev Eisinger (born 1957), German pianist

Financial thriller

Financial thriller is a subgenre of thriller fiction in which the financial system and economy play a major role. The novel The Financier (1912) by Theodore Dreiser displays elements of a financial thriller. Paul Erdman helped popularize the modern financial thriller, with The Billion Dollar Sure Thing (1973). The former president of a Swiss bank, he penned the novel while in jail awaiting trial on fraud charges related to speculating in the cocoa market.

In many cases the protagonist of a financial thriller is a financial professional such as Christian Slater’s character in the 2005 film The Deal, or John Kent in Martin Bodenham's 2011 novel, The Geneva Connection. Often, the plot centers on a financial crime. It may be a crime that merely enriches a small number of individuals as with The Millionaires by Brad Meltzer, or one that threatens the entire financial system, as in Tom Clancy’s Debt of Honor. In "Flash Crash," by Denison Hatch the financial crime involves an algorithmic programmer ("quant") who is blackmailed into writing a program that will crash the international gold markets.

Financial thrillers are often used as morality plays to illustrate the evils of greed, as in Black Money (1995), by Michael M. Thomas.In the wake of the late-2000s financial crisis, some financial thrillers took on educational roles. The 2011 HBO TV-movie Too Big to Fail is, in the words of Jesse Eisinger, "extraordinarily revealing about the financial crisis" but not always in a helpful way. For example, Eisinger says, "The government gave the banks money but didn't get voting rights and didn't prevent the banks from using the money to pay dividends or bonuses. They wrote what was essentially a blank check...It's left to the hapless PR wonder why, if the government is saving these institutions, it couldn't impose any limits on how the money be used." Another film in this genre is J. C. Chandor's Margin Call.

The novel The Economics of Ego Surplus: A Novel About the Global Economy (2010) by Paul McDonnold (originally subtitled "A Novel of Economic Terrorism") involves Kyle Linwood, a teacher, graduate student going for his doctorate in economics, and former victim of Libyan terrorist kidnappers, whose knowledge of Africa and economics become important when the U.S. stock market begins crashing due to massive and inexplicable sales. According to the Book Dilettante, "The author explains supply and demand, recession and inflation, the history of economics and Adam Smith, Keynes['] economic theory, the theory of contemporary neoclassical economists, and does so in a way that even high school students would understand[.]"

Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting

The Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting is an award for journalists administered by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University. The program was launched in 1991, with the goal of exposing examples of poor government, and encouraging good government in the United States. There is a $25,000 award for the winner.

The Goldsmith Awards Program is financially supported by an annual grant from the Greenfield Foundation.


Lernout may refer to:

Lernout & Hauspie, Belgian speech recognition technology company

Brett Lernout (born 1995), Canadian professional ice hockey player

Greg Lernout (born 1980), Canadian radio broadcaster

Ward Lernout (born 1931), Belgian painter

List of After Words interviews first aired in 2017

After Words is an American television series on the C-SPAN2 network’s weekend programming schedule known as Book TV. The program is an hour-long talk show, each week featuring an interview with the author of a new nonfiction book. The program has no regular host. Instead, each author is paired with a guest host who is familiar with the author or the subject matter of their book.

Magnetar Capital

Magnetar Capital is a hedge fund based in Evanston, Illinois. The firm was founded in 2005 and invests in fixed income, energy, quantitative and event-driven strategies. The firm was actively involved in the collateralized debt obligation (CDO) market during the 2006–2007 period. In some articles critical of Magnetar Capital, the firm's arbitrage strategy for CDOs is described as the "Magnetar trade".The company has additional offices in New York City, London, England, Houston, Texas, and Minneapolis, Minnesota.In 2006–2007, Magnetar Capital "facilitated the creation of a few of the worst-performing collateralized debt obligations", many named after stars or constellations. While the CDOs Magnetar Capital helped create led to losses on Wall Street, the company profited as a result of its hedged investment strategy; Magnetar Capital had protected itself against losses on CDOs by purchasing credit default swaps. As of 2010, 23 of the CDOs Magnetar Capital invested in had become "nearly worthless". Despite investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission into several deals in which Magnetar Capital invested, there was no enforcement action filed against the firm.


ProPublica is an American nonprofit organization based in New York City. It is a nonprofit newsroom that aims to produce investigative journalism in the public interest. In 2010, it became the first online news source to win a Pulitzer Prize, for a piece written by one of its journalists and published in The New York Times Magazine as well as on ProPublica states that its investigations are conducted by its staff of full-time investigative reporters, and the resulting stories are distributed to news partners for publication or broadcast. In some cases, reporters from both ProPublica and its partners work together on a story. ProPublica has partnered with more than 90 different news organizations, and it has won four Pulitzer Prizes.

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