Debbie Cenziper is an American investigative journalist who writes for The Washington Post. Previously, she worked as a reporter for The Miami Herald, The Charlotte Observer, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She won a 2007 Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles exposing corruption and waste in the Miami-Dade Housing Agency, which The Miami Herald published in 2006. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2006 for a series of stories on breakdowns in the nation's hurricane-forecasting system. She has also been awarded the Polk Award, the Robert Kennedy Award for Human Rights and the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting from Harvard University. She currently teaches at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs.
She is the co-author of the nonfiction book, "Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality". The book, published in 2016 by William Morrow, received a starred review by Booklist and was named a notable book of 2016 by The Washington Post.
She grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Florida, in 1992. She was named an outstanding young alumni by the University of Florida in 2008. She currently resides in Maryland with her husband and two sons.
- 2014 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
- 2014 American Society of Newspaper Editors, local accountability award
- 2009 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting
- 2008 Heywood Broun Award
- 2007 Gold Medal for Public Service, Florida Society of Newspaper Editors
- 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting
- 2006 finalist, Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, "for her deeply researched examination of breakdowns in hurricane forecasting"
- 2006 George Polk Award
- 2006 Sigma Delta Chi Award
- 2000 Outstanding Media Award: Investigative Reporting, NAMI
- 1999 National Awards for Education Reporting
- Cenziper, Debbie; Obergefell, Jim (2016). Love Wins:The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality. New York: William Morrow. ISBN 978-0062456083.
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- "Outstanding Young Alumni Award Winners - University of Florida Alumni Association". connect.ufalumni.ufl.edu.
- "Who We Are". rfkhumanrights.org.
- "ASNE Awards for 2013's best journalism!". asne.org.
- Harvard Kennedy School – Debbie Cenziper and Sarah Cohen of The Washington Post Win Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. Hks.harvard.edu (2009-03-18). Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
- The Newspaper Guild. Newsguild.org (2009-05-18). Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
- 2007 FSNE Awards list. Fsne.org (2007-06-22). Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
- "The 2007 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Local Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2011-02-18. With short biography and reprints of ten works (Miami Herald articles July 23 to December 17, 2006).
- "Explanatory Reporting". Retrieved 2013-11-09.
- "Sigma Delta Chi Awards - Society of Professional Journalists". www.spj.org.
- to Present Outstanding Media Awards at Annual Convention. NAMI. Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
- Education Writers Association: Education Reporting Awards: 1999 Winners Archived 2010-12-08 at the Wayback Machine. Ewa.org (2000-02-23). Retrieved on 2011-02-18.