Ken Armstrong

Edgar Award-winning author KEN ARMSTRONG is a staff writer at The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization that covers criminal-justice issues nationally. His work there has run in the Washington Post and The Paris Review, among other publications. He previously worked at The Seattle Times, where he won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and shared in the 2010 Pulitzer for breaking news. At the Chicago Tribune, Armstrong co-wrote an investigation of capital cases that helped prompt the Illinois governor to suspend executions and later empty Death Row.

Armstrong has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and the McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton. In 2009, Columbia University awarded him the John Chancellor Award for lifetime achievement. He has won the George Polk Award three times and is a six-time winner of the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. Scoreboard, Baby, his book with co-author Nick Perry, won a 2011 Edgar Award and shows how a community’s blind embrace of a college football team compromised judges, prosecutors, police agencies, a proud university and the media. Armstrong lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. He is currently working on a book about landslides.

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