Rebecca Ballhaus

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Rebecca Ballhaus
Alma materBrown University
Years active2011-present
EmployerThe Wall Street Journal

Rebecca Ballhaus (born July 1991) is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist who covers the White House for The Wall Street Journal.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ballhaus was born in New York to German cinematographer Florian Ballhaus and screenwriter Pamela Katz. She is the granddaughter to the famous German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus. She attended Berkeley Carroll School and received a B.A. in Political Science from Brown University in 2013.[2]


Ballhaus began her journalism career as an intern at the Huffington Post while still an undergraduate at Brown.[3] She later became the managing editor of The Brown Daily Herald, the university newspaper.[4]

Ballhaus joined The Wall Street Journal as a summer intern in 2013. She was made a full-time reporter at the Washington bureau three months later, and covered the 2016 election as a national political reporter.

Since 2017, Ballhaus has covered the White House and money in politics.[5] She has frequently appeared on CNN[6], MSNBC[7] and NPR[8] as a political analyst. In 2019, along with other members of the Wall Street Journal, Rebecca won a Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of Trump's direction of payments from Michael Cohen to Stormy Daniels.[9]

In 2023, she was awarded her second Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of conflicts of interest arising from stock trading among federal officials.[10][11] She is the youngest journalist ever to receive multiple Pulitzers, receiving this honor at 31.


  1. ^ "Rebecca Ballhaus - News, Articles, Biography, Photos -". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  2. ^ "Rebecca Ballhaus '09 Speaks about Journalism at World Affairs Breakfast Club". Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "Rebecca Ballhaus". HuffPost. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  4. ^ "Rebecca Ballhaus". Brown Daily Herald. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  5. ^ Prokop, Andrew (November 9, 2018). "A new report says Trump was directly involved in campaign finance crimes". Vox. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  6. ^ "White House Goes on Attack after House Democrats Launch Sweeping Investigation into All Things Trump". Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  7. ^ "Trump inaugural committee subpoenaed by federal prosecutors: WSJ". Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  8. ^ Ballhaus, Rebecca. "Federal Prosecutors Investigate Whether Trump's Inaugural Committee Misspent Funds". All Things Considered (Interview). Interviewed by Audie Cornish. NPR. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  9. ^ Trachtenberg, Jeffrey A. (April 15, 2019). "WSJ Wins Pulitzer for Investigation into Trump Hush-Money Payments". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 22, 2022.
  10. ^ Joseph De Avila (May 8, 2023). "The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post Win Pulitzer Prizes". The Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Wikidata Q118221115. Retrieved May 8, 2023.
  11. ^ Rebecca Ballhaus; Coulter Jones; James V. Grimaldi (April 27, 2023). "Congress Pushes to Police Stock Trading by Federal Officials". The Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Wikidata Q118221450. Retrieved May 8, 2023.

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