Peter Elkind is a reporter covering government and business.
Prior to joining ProPublica in 2017, Elkind worked at Fortune for 20 years. He wrote such stories as “The Trouble with Steve Jobs,” about how the CEO of Apple concealed his bout with pancreatic cancer; “Hack of the Century,” about how a cyber-invasion brought Sony Pictures to its knees and terrified corporate America; “Citizenship for Sale,” about a massive scandal in America’s controversial EB-5 visa-for-sale program; “Inside Elon Musk’s $1.4 Billion Score,” about how the Tesla CEO dazzled his way to epic state incentives for a giant battery plant in the Nevada desert; “Business Gets Schooled,” revealing corporate America’s troubled involvement in the war over Common Core; and “Inside Pfizer’s Palace Coup” (co-authored with Jennifer Reingold), which won the 2012 Gerald Loeb Award for magazine writing.
In addition to his magazine work, Elkind co-authored the national bestseller “The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron” and has written two other books, “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer” and “The Death Shift: The True Story of Nurse Genene Jones and the Texas Baby Murders” (an updated edition of the Death Shift, including new reporting on the case for ProPublica, will be published in November). A 2005 documentary based on the Enron book was nominated for an Academy Award. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the NewYorker.com, and the Washington Post. Elkind is a former staffer at Texas Monthly and former editor of the Dallas Observer. He lives in Texas.