Paul Steiger was elected as a Knight Foundation trustee in 2006. He is a member of the Governance, Nominating and Program committees.
He is the executive chairman of ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that performs investigative journalism in the public interest.
Steiger was the managing editor of The Wall Street Journal from 1991 to 2007, working with a newsroom staff that won 16 Pulitzer Prizes during his tenure. From 2008 through 2012 he was the founding editor-in-chief, president, and CEO of ProPublica, whose staff won two Pulitzer Prizes in that time.
Steiger served six years as chairman of the Knight Foundation-supported Committee to Protect Journalists and nine years on the Pulitzer Prize Board, the last as its chairman. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior adviser to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
His awards include the Columbia Journalism Award, the American Society of News Editors Leadership Award, the Gerald Loeb Award for lifetime achievement from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard Kennedy School, the University of Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism, and the Fourth Estate Award from the National Press Club.
Steiger worked 15 years as a reporter, the Washington economics correspondent, and the business editor for the Los Angeles Times, and for 26 years as a reporter and editor for The Wall Street Journal. As a reporter, Steiger earned three Gerald Loeb awards and two John Hancock awards for economics and business coverage. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Yale University in 1964 and an honorary doctor of laws from Columbia University in 2013.
He is the co-author of the book, “The ’70s Crash and How to Survive It” (World Pub. Co., 1970).