Stephanie McCrummen is a national enterprise reporter for The Washington Post. She was a leading member of the team that won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting on the U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, which included exposing an attempted sting aimed at undermining the work. That coverage also won a George Polk award for Political Reporting and the Robin Toner Prize for National Reporting. Stephanie has also won national awards for long-form narratives including An American Void, about the people who hosted the mass killer Dylann Roof, and others concerning mental illness. Prior to joining the national staff, she was the paper’s East Africa bureau chief. She was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and lives in Washington, D.C.
INVESTIGATING THE INVESTIGATORS
THE NEW ONLINE CULTURE WARS
From the rise of an internet-fuelled alt-right to the therapeutic language of trigger warnings and safe spaces on the left, the new online culture wars are rapidly advancing into what remains of the mainstream media. In this viciously partisan new environment thick with wild conspiracies, anonymous accusations, and the weaponised investigation of one’s political opponents, how should journalism, with its traditional concern for the truth, respond?