Peter Elkind is an editor at large at Fortune magazine and an award-winning investigative reporter. Elkind is co-author of the national bestseller “The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron,” author of “The Death Shift: The True Story of Nurse Genene Jones and the Texas Baby Murders,” and “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer”. He has written for The New York Times Magazine and The Washington Post, was an associate editor at Texas Monthly, and is a former editor of the Dallas Observer.
His work for Fortune includes such in-depth pieces as “The trouble with Steve Jobs”, about how the CEO of Apple concealed his bout with pancreatic cancer, “The Fall of the House of Grasso,” about former NYSE chairman Dick Grasso’s $140 million pay package, and “The Incredible Half-Billion-Dollar Azerbaijani Oil Swindle,” detailing the story of wheeler-dealer Viktor Kozeny, known as “The Pirate of Prague,” and “Inside Pfizer’s Palace Coup” (co-authored with Jennifer Reingold), which won the 2012 Gerald Loeb Award for magazine writing.
The 2005 documentary based on the Enron book was nominated for an Academy Award. The Eliot Spitzer saga is also the topic of a documentary by Alex Gibney. Elkind collaborated with Gibney, an Oscar-winning filmmaker, on both projects. He has been a guest on numerous radio and television programs, including The Today Show, Nightline, CNN Newsnight, and The Charlie Rose Show. Elkind graduated from Princeton University in 1980. He lives with his family in Fort Worth, Texas.