Mr. Clifford J. Levy

  • 2003 winner, Investigative Reporting category
  • Member of the 2011 winning team, International Reporting category

Clifford J. Levy is an editor at The New York Times who was a reporter and foreign correspondent at the paper for 20 years. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and has also received numerous other awards. He specializes in investigative reporting, social media and video journalism.

Levy, a graduate of Princeton University, joined The Times in 1990 and first covered politics and government in the New York region. In 1999, he won a George Polk Award for his reports on the campaign finances of politicians in New York.

Levy then became an investigative reporter, conducting a one-year project, “Broken Homes,” that exposed the abuse of the mentally ill in state-regulated homes in New York City. The project won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, as well as a Polk award.

In 2006, Levy joined the foreign staff of The Times as Moscow bureau chief, covering Russia and the rest of the former Soviet Union. A project he did in 2008, “Kremlin Rules,” about the crackdown in democracy in Russia under Vladimir V. Putin, was widely hailed for its innovative use of translated texts to convey Russian public opinion to English-speaking readers.

In 2010, Levy and a Times colleague, Ellen Barry, wrote a series about human rights and freedom of speech in Russia, “Above the Law,” that received the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, as well as the Polk Award and the Overseas Press Club Award. The six videos that Levy did for the project were cited by the Pulitzer board for special recognition -- the first time that the board has noted the role of video journalism in an international award.

Levy became the deputy metro editor of The Times in 2011, where he oversees investigative projects and also specializes in social media.
Levy is married to Julie Dressner, a documentary filmmaker, and has three children.




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