2000 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year

Russell Carollo


Russell Carollo

Russell Carollo, born 1956, is an American journalist, and special projects reporter with The Sacramento Bee. Along with Jeff Nesmith, he won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and the 1996 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting at the Dayton Daily News for uncovering mismanagement in military healthcare.

He is a native of suburban New Orleans who graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University. He was a University of Michigan journalism fellow. In addition to the Dayton Daily News, he was also a reporter at the Los Angeles Times.

Russell Carollo is a  Pulitzer Prize winning journalist whose specialties include computer-assisted reporting, FOIA, public records, the military and long-term investigative projects. He's been a Pulitzer finalist four times, most recently in 2002. His series on medical malpractice in the military won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, and he's won numerous other national awards.  Some of these include Harvard University's Goldsmith Award, two White House Correspondent's Association awards and six Investigative Reporters & Editors awards. Three awards were personally presented to him by U.S. presidents (George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford).

During his 30-year career, Carollo reported from at least 17 countries. He has a bachelor's degree in history from Southeastern Louisiana University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Louisiana State University, which inducted him into its Journalism Hall of Fame in 2009. He also is a former Michigan Journalism Fellow. Carollo worked as a special projects reporter for the Dayton Daily News, Sacramento Bee and Los Angeles Times, and he's taught journalism at Colorado College and Oklahoma State University. He is a consultant, retrieving public records (including databases) through FOIA and state public records laws, analyzing data and doing other research for clients including media.

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