Paul Pringle

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Paul Martin Pringle
Born1956 (age 65–66)
Alma materCalifornia State University, Northridge, Pennsylvania State University
Joanna E. Pringle (née Brooke Johnson)
(m. 1985)

Paul Pringle (born 1956) is an American investigative journalist for the Los Angeles Times[1] and author of the July 2022 book Bad City: Peril and Power in the City of Angels (Celadon Books, 2022).


He earned a B.A. from Cal State Northridge in 1978,[2] majoring in political science and journalism, and the next year received a master's degree in journalism from Penn State, where he was a columnist for The Daily Collegian.

Before joining the Los Angeles Times in 2001, Pringle worked as West Coast bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News from 1998 to 2001 and as Los Angeles bureau chief for Copley News Service from 1984 to 1998. He also worked as a stringer for The Tampa Tribune and taught journalism part-time at Cal State Northridge.


Pringle is an investigative reporter at the Los Angeles Times. He has covered stories that include the 2004 California wildfires, exposing corruption in the Service Employees International Union, misspending in Los Angeles's community colleges, corruption in Bell, California, abuses by the Coliseum Commission, drug use by former USC Keck School of Medicine Dean Carmen Puliafito and a subsequent lack of response by the Pasadena Police Department, and the alleged abuse of women by USC gynecologist George Tyndall.[3]

His book, Bad City: Peril and Power in the City of Angels, is a behind-the-scenes look at his investigation into Puliafito and the consequent exposure of corruption at USC, the Pasadena Police Department, and the Los Angeles Times. The book was published by Celadon Books in 2022. It describes his year-long struggle to get the story of Puliafito's drug-fueled sexual activities published. Pringle's reporting on the case began with a March 2016 overdose incident, but his superiors at the Times refused to publish the story, because they did not want to offend USC.[4] He and colleagues persisted, continuing to research the case, until the Times finally published the report in July 2017, long after Puliafito had resigned as dean.[5] Katie Benner of the New York Times said that "Pringle’s fast-paced book is a master class in investigative journalism," adding "Pringle delivers his account in a torrent of sharp storytelling and righteous score-settling that might seem petty if the stakes were not so grave."[4]



  1. ^ Paul Pringle (2009-05-31). "USC stays silent about NCAA investigation - latimes". Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  2. ^ Ali, Leena (April 22, 2019). "CSUN Alumnus Wins Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism". Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Paul Pringle". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ a b Benner, Katie (July 13, 2022). "Book review: U.S.C. Sex Scandals and the Paper That Tried to Cover Them Up". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  5. ^ "An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of a USC med school dean". Los Angeles Times. July 17, 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Pulitzer Prize Winners". Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  7. ^ Joe Mozingo (February 17, 2009). "Times' Paul Pringle wins George Polk Award for SEIU stories - latimes". Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  8. ^ "Paul Pringle wins Polk Award for labor reporting". 17 February 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  9. ^ "SPJ/LA Announces Journalism Award Winners « Society of Professional Journalists – Greater Los Angeles Chapter". 23 January 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-01-23. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  10. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes". Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  11. ^ "Los Angeles Times wins Bingham Prize for "Billions to Spend"". Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  12. ^ "The Los Angeles Times Wins 29th Annual Brechner Award – Brechner Center for Freedom of Information".