In terms of staffing news, ProPublica has been a notable bright spot in a media season plagued by sizeable layoffs that have hit a number of different types of publications.
The good news at ProPublica continues with three more hires, two at its headquarters in New York and another at its first regional venture in Chicago and its fast-assembling team.
In New York, Nicholas Varchaver joins as a senior editor and Peter Elkind joins as a senior reporter, where both will cover the Trump administration and the president’s business dealings.
The pair had both been longtime Fortune staffers.
Varchaver, whose most recent position there had been investigations editor, had been at Fortune for 17 years, racking up a number of awards and citations for his journalism, including a Loeb career achievement award this year for his work as an editor of financial and business journalism.
Elkind had been there for two decades and was editor at large before departing in November of last year. He is also the author of a number of books, including Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, The Death Shift: The True Story of Nurse Genene Jones and the Texas Baby Murders and The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron, which he co-authored with Bethany McLean and which was later turned into a documentary movie.
“Peter and Nick are known for digging deeply into and explaining big, complex issues – skills that have produced some of the biggest investigative blockbusters of the past decade,” said ProPublica managing editor Robin Fields. “We are delighted to bring their talents and passion for accountability journalism to our editorial team.”
Over at ProPublica’s Chicago newsroom, longtime Chicago Tribune staffer Steve Mills joins ProPublica Illinois as deputy editor. Mills had been part of the Chicago Tribune staff for 23 years, where he focused on investigative reporting, most recently as a reporter covering the criminal justice system. His stories have included an investigation, with Maurice Possley, into the faulty forensic evidence that led to the execution of a man convicted of killing his daughters in an arson fire.
“Steve is a master of investigative journalism,” said ProPublica Illinois editor in chief Louise Kiernan. “His addition to our team will help carry out our mission of producing accountability journalism that spurs real-life impact.”