James B. Steele is an American investigative journalist and contributing editor of Vanity Fair. Together with his collaborator Donald L. Barlett, he is one of the most awarded journalists in US history. Steele and Barlett have won more than 50 national journalism awards, among them two Pulitzer Prizes and two National Magazine Awards. The pair have pioneered the use of computers to analyse data on crucial public issues. Steele’s most recent article, “A Wing and A Prayer” about the outsourcing of airline maintenance, appeared in the December 2015 Vanity Fair.