The Associated Press has named Michael Hudson, a veteran journalist who has exposed offshore financial secrecy and the origins of the financial crisis, as its global investigations editor, a new role overseeing AP’s team of investigative journalists around the world.
Hudson, who shared the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting for his work on the groundbreaking Panama Papers project, joins AP from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
As AP’s global investigations editor based in New York, Hudson will guide a team of reporters, editors and data journalists worldwide who have consistently produced impactful and award-winning work, such as the 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation that exposed labor abuses in the fishing industry in Southeast Asia.
“This kind of journalism is at the core of what the AP does,” said AP Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Sally Buzbee. “This appointment brings our various investigative teams together under one leader. These folks have been doing fabulous work, and what this reorganization will do is create even more great journalism by fostering a lot more collaboration between AP journalists around the world.”
In addition to the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, AP journalists have been recognized for their investigative work in recent years by the Overseas Press Club, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the George Polk Awards, the Goldsmith Investigative Reporting Prize, the Gerald Loeb Awards and the Barlett and Steele Awards, among others.
“This is a dream job for me. I’ve always been an admirer of the AP’s investigative work and its willingness to dig deep and fight for freedom of information,” Hudson said. “Now I’m looking forward to working with many of the best newspeople in the world – reporters, editors, photographers, video journalists, data journalists and many others.”
While at ICIJ, Hudson examined the global trade in human tissue and led a probe into the World Bank. He was a reporter and editor on the Pulitzer-winning Panama Papers, a massive project based on 11.5 million leaked documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.
Previously, Hudson was a reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, the Wall Street Journal and the Roanoke Times in Virginia. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Forbes, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Le Monde and El Pais, and he has received IRE, Overseas Press Club and George Polk awards for his reporting.
“Throughout his career, Mike Hudson has proven himself to be a fearless reporter and editor,” said AP Managing Editor Brian Carovillano. “Whether he’s investigating Wall Street banks or corrupt foreign governments, Hudson has embraced and excelled at some of the most difficult and treacherous work that we do as journalists. That makes him a perfect match with the AP.”
Hudson, a Virginia native, lives in Brooklyn, New York. He will join AP in November.