THE CITY Expands Investigative Capacity

NEW YORK, March 2, 2023 – THE CITY, an independent, nonprofit newsroom dedicated to serving the people of New York, announced today a major expansion of its investigative reporting capacity by filling five new roles: Martin Gottlieb as Senior Editor for Investigations; Tom Robbins, Rosalind Adams and George Joseph as Senior Investigative Reporters; and Bianca Pallaro as Senior Data Reporter.

Led by Gottlieb, hired in January to lead THE CITY’s investigative efforts, Robbins, Adams and Pallaro join THE CITY with a mandate to produce in-depth reports focused on power, justice, courts, real estate and housing. They join George Joseph, recently promoted to senior investigative reporter at THE CITY earlier this year. Together, they bring extensive experience unearthing wrongdoings and misdeeds of those in power to THE CITY ‘s newsroom.

“We’re thrilled to welcome these talented journalists to our team as we continue to expand our investigative capacity,” said Gottlieb, senior editor of investigations. “Their experience and dedication to uncovering the truth will be invaluable as we strive to hold those in power accountable and shed light on important issues affecting New Yorkers.”

During a long career, Gottlieb has shepherded award-winning investigations while leading or serving in top editing roles at an array of major metropolitan area news organizations including The New York Times, the Daily News, the Village Voice, Newsday, and the Bergen Record. While leading The Record, the newsroom broke the Bridgegate scandal and consistently scooped the competition over two years.

Adams joins THE CITY from Barron’s, where she served as a senior investigative reporter focusing on corporate accountability. While at BuzzFeed News, she produced investigations exposing shocking conditions at institutions run by a powerful mental health care company and multi-million dollar consumer ripoffs enabled by the world’s largest credit card companies. 

Joseph came to THE CITY from WNYC February 2022 as the Brooklyn borough reporter. In that role, he co-reported a series of stories unveiling forged Board of Elections documents that led to an investigation by the Brooklyn District Attorney into the Brooklyn Democratic Party. His previous work on police misconduct has sparked numerous wrongful convictions lawsuits and multiple federal investigations, including a Department of Justice civil rights probe into the Mount Vernon Police Department.

Pallaro comes to THE CITY from USA Today, where she worked on the investigations team as a data reporter. Last year, she won a New York Press Club Award for her reporting on the dysfunction of Rikers Island, while working at The New York Times. At La Nacion, a prominent Argentinian newspaper, where she worked as a data reporter, her analysis and reporting helped lead to the prosecution of 73 officials, including a former president.

Robbins has led one of the most distinguished careers in New York City journalism as the editor of City Limits, an investigative reporter at The Village Voice and the Daily News, and a forceful and reflective writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker online. He and two Times reporters were named Pulitzer finalists for a series, produced jointly by The Times and The Marshall Project, on violence in New York prisons.

“Expanding our investigative capacity is a key priority for THE CITY, and we’re proud to bring on board such talented and experienced journalists,” said Richard Kim, editor in chief of THE CITY. “With their deep knowledge and passion for uncovering the truth, we’re confident that they will play a vital role in holding power to account and producing impactful journalism that serves the people of New York.”

Also at the beginning of the year, Alyssa Katz was promoted to executive editor. Katz, who joined THE CITY in 2019, now leads the accountability efforts across the newsroom and external partnerships.

Adams, Pallaro and Robbins begin their roles in March. 


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