Aaron Glantz is California bureau chief and a senior editor at The Fuller Project. Based in San Francisco, he manages globally-resonant coverage about women and girls that’s deeply rooted in the nation’s most populous state.
Aaron is a two-time Peabody Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, who produces journalism with impact. His work has sparked dozens of Congressional hearings and investigations by the FBI, DEA, Pentagon inspector general, and the United Nations Special Rapporteur for extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary execution. One project prompted the second largest redlining settlement in Justice Department history, against Warren Buffett’s mortgage companies. Another expose, which revealed predatory practices by the University of Phoenix led to the largest settlement with a for-profit college in the FTC’s history. His reporting has prompted Congress to pass laws mandating the FBI’s international war crimes unit be kept open and reformed opioid prescription practices by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
As senior investigations editor for NPR's California Newsroom, he built an investigative collaboration for 17 public radio stations in partnership with NPR national. Their work led to the enactment of two state laws and propelled more than $2 billion in additional funds for affordable homeownership, climate mitigation, and compensation for fire victims. His team exposed the largest giveaway to Wall Street hedge funds in the history of corporate bankruptcy and won a national Murrow Award for documenting the gaming of school attendance figures during COVID lockdowns.
A longtime senior reporter at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting prior to joining NPR’s California Newsroom, Aaron’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and a host of other print and broadcast outlets, including ABC News, NBC News, and the PBS Newshour, where he has received three national Emmy Award nominations as a correspondent.
Projects Aaron wrote or edited have also received the Selden Ring, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, two Sigma Delta Chi Awards, two Military Reporters and Editors awards, three National Headliner Awards, a SABEW Award, Online Journalism Award, and Overseas Press Club Citation.
Aaron has reported from more than a dozen countries across Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. He was an unembedded journalist in Iraq during the April 2004 siege of Fallujah. Aaron is author of three books How America Lost Iraq (Penguin); The War Comes Home: Washington’s Battle Against America’s Veterans (UC Press); and Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Sucked Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream (HarperCollins), which the New York Times said “skillfully tells a bigger story about American housing that’s tortuous, confounding and ultimately enraging.” He is also co-author, with Iraq Veterans Against the War, of Winter Soldier Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations (Haymarket).
Aaron has been a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, a DART Ochberg Fellow at Columbia University and a visiting professor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. As executive-in-residence at the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, he is helping to mentor a new generation of investigative journalists of color.