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Food- and Scoop-Hungry Post Gets Freegan Tips, Pulitzer Winner

In good news for scavenging Post employees, new Twitter account @WaPoFreeFood is now sending tweets about free food available near the newspaper's 15th Street NW office. So far, the account has broken news about the above chicken and some cupcakes.

"Now no one can complain that I didn't tell them where the cupcakes were," tweets account creator Katie Myrick, a designer at the paper.

One person who could soon be getting scouting reports from @WaPoFreeFood is new hire and double Pulitzer winner Mike Sallah, although he can probably afford to buy lunch. Sallah, currently a reporter and editor at the Miami Herald, was hired with funds from a $500,000 investigative reporting grant the paper received in July from the Ford Foundation. (The paper has said the grant will pay for four new hires.)

"Mike will continue to work as a player-coach, leading investigations as a reporter as well as helping to edit and mentor younger reporters," reads the memo from editor Marcus Brauchli and managing editors Liz Spayd and John Temple.

Read the memo (about Sallah, not @WaPoFreeFood) after the jump.

Mike Sallah, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and editor with the Miami Herald, is joining The Post in the same dual roles. Mike will be part of the Investigative Unit, reporting to Investigations Editor Jeff Leen. He is the first of several hires we expect to make under a grant from the Ford Foundation to support government accountability reporting

Over the past decade, Mike has distinguished himself with a rare double achievement: winning Pulitzers for investigative reporting as both a reporter and an editor.

In 2003, while at the Toledo Blade, Mike joined with two other reporters to produce “Buried Secrets, Brutal Truth,” a series on the Tiger Force, an elite U.S. Army platoon investigated for atrocities at the end of the Vietnam War. The series won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 2004. Mike later coauthored the book, “Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War.”

Mike joined The Miami Herald as investigations editor in 2005. There, he supervised “Blind Eye,” an investigation into breakdowns in the nation’s hurricane tracking system that sparked a $25 million congressional allocation to repair the storm-warning program. It was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting in 2006. That year he edited “House of Lies,” an investigation by Debbie Cenziper that exposed massive corruption in the Miami-Dade housing program, which paid millions to developers who failed to produce a single house. The reporting resulted in the arrests of two developers and a federal takeover of the local housing authority. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting in 2007.

As an editor or reporter at the Herald, Mike also worked on investigations of sexual predators, deadly safety breaches in the air cargo industry, and the state’s failure to screen thousands of people with felony histories from becoming mortgage brokers and scamming countless consumers.

Last year, he was one of three reporters on “Neglected to Death,” an investigation of Florida’s assisted living program that led to the shutdown of 13 facilities, a grand jury investigation and a governor’s task force to toughen penalties and overhaul state law. The series was a finalist for this year’s Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Meritorious Public Service.

At The Post, Mike will continue to work as a player-coach, leading investigations as a reporter as well as helping to edit and mentor younger reporters.

He graduated from St. John’s Jesuit High School in Ohio and the University of Toledo, where he obtained his undergraduate degree in journalism. He will start here in October. Please join us in welcoming him to The Post

Marcus Liz John

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