Miranda Spivack (2019)is an award-winning journalist who has spent much of her career writing accountability stories about state and local governments. Her work has been funded by the Fund for Investigative Journalism, Marquette University’s O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism and CUNY’s Ravitch Fund. This past spring, she was a Fulbright Scholar teaching journalism in North Macedonia and previously was the Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University. Also working as an independent journalist for Reveal/CIR and The New York Times, she spent nearly 20 years at The Washington Post as an editor and reporter. As an editor, she designed a ground-breaking weekly suburban supplement at The Washington Post, that the Post then replicated around the Washington region.
She has won numerous journalism awards including 2013 First Place Award for Local Government Reporting from the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association for her work at The Post. She won the 2017 Sunshine Award from the Society for Professional Journalists for her “State Secrets” series, published by Reveal/CIR and USAToday. In 2015 she won an honorable mention from the Society of American Travel Writers for a piece in The Washington Post on Roman ruins in Spain. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and was a Ford Foundation Fellow at Yale Law School. In the 2019-20 academic year, she will be a Journalism Fellow at the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida.
Miranda is currently working on a story for USAToday and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the rise in secrecy at public universities; and working to turn the rest of the series, “State Secrets,” previously published by Reveal/Center for Investigative Reporting and USAToday, into a book.