Sacha Pfeiffer (born September 7, 1971) is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and radio host. She is known for her work with the Spotlight team run by The Boston Globe. She was a member of the group of reporters that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003 for their work in exposing the Roman Catholic church's cover-up of clergy sex abuse.
|Born|| September 7, 1971
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||Boston University (B.A., M.A.)|
|Occupation||Newspaper reporter, former public radio reporter|
|Awards||Pulitzer Prize for Public Service (2003)
Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting
Worth Bingham Prize
Investigative Reporters and Editors Award
Edward R. Murrow Award
Pfeiffer was born in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Janet (née Preskenis) and Richard Pfeiffer. She has a younger sister, Sonya, and a younger brother, Seth. Her father, a former state senator, is currently the city attorney for Columbus, Ohio, and her mother is a retired teacher. Her mother is of Lithuanian descent. Her grandmother was Alice Preskenis, a devout Catholic, and a lifelong resident of South Boston who spent 40 years working at Pober's Clothing Store, and specialized in dressing children. Her uncle was Ken Preskenis, a well-known figure in South Boston through his involvement in community outreach.
She left Ohio for college, moving to Boston. She graduated with a B.A. and M.A. from Boston University. In 2005, she was named a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. She started her journalism career at the Dedham Times in Dedham, Massachusetts. Pfeiffer originally joined The Boston Globe as a reporter in 1995, left in 2008 to work for WBUR-FM in Boston and NPR, returning to The Boston Globe in 2014. During her nearly seven years in public radio, Pfeiffer was a local host of All Things Considered and Radio Boston at WBUR, as well as a guest host of NPR's nationally syndicated On Point and Here & Now. Her on-air work received a National Edward R. Murrow Award for broadcast reporting, as well as numerous other awards.
After the Spotlight team published its work, the team created a book about the events. Pfeiffer is a co-author of Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church.
Pfeiffer has also worked as an adjunct communications and journalism professor.