DAVID SIROTA is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author living in Denver, Colorado. His work appears regularly on cable television networks and in 2013, his book Back to Our Future became the basis for the National Geographic Channel’s major miniseries on the 1980s. In 2014, Sirota won Ithaca College’s Izzy Award for Journalism and a Best In Business Award for investigative reporting from the Society for American Business Editors and Writers. He was also named a finalist for UCLA’s Gerald R. Loeb Award for financial journalism, and Syracuse University’s Mirror Award for Journalism. That year, the Denver Business Journal listed Sirota as one of the most influential Coloradans in the social media sphere.
Sirota is the Senior Editor for Investigations at The International Business Times. The New York Times has credited his Wall Street reporting for showing “that secrecy can hide high fees, low returns, excess risk and the identity of politically connected dealmakers.”
In 2014, Sirota’s investigative series for PandoDaily about public broadcasting compelled a PBS flagship station to return a $3.5 million contribution from a hedge fund billionaire. In response, PBS’s ombudsman called Sirota’s journalism “important,” and credited him for “shining a light on what seems (to) be ethical compromises in funding arrangements and lack of real transparency for viewers.” The ombudsman added that “nobody really knew (about the problem) until Sirota wrote about it.”
That same year, Sirota’s investigative reporting about pensions for PandoDaily and then for the International Business Times led the New Jersey state government to open a formal pay to play investigation and to divest state holdings in a venture capital firm. Sirota’s reporting for International Business Times also led San Francisco officials to delay a proposed $3 billion investment in hedge funds. In both cases, newspapers credited Sirota’s work for breaking the stories.
Along with his work at International Business Times, Sirota has also written for The New York Times Magazine, Politico Magazine, Harper’s, Wired, Vice, The Nation and Salon.com. Sirota also served as an investigative journalist for CNN’s Death Row Stories, which was produced by Robert Redford and Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney. In 2016, Sirota began working with First Look Media to help journalists develop their work into television shows, films and documentary series.
In reviews of his writing, the New York Times called Sirota a “populist rabble-rouser” with a “take-no-prisoners mind-set.” The legendary columnist Molly Ivins said, “Sirota is a new-generation populist who instinctively understands that the only real questions are ‘Who’s getting screwed?’ and ‘Who’s doing the screwing?’”
Nationally Syndicated Columnist
From 2007 until 2015, Sirota wrote a weekly newspaper column that was nationally syndicated by Creators Syndicate and ran in (among others) the San Francisco Chronicle, Portland Oregonian and Seattle Times. In total, the column appeared in newspapers with a combined daily circulation of more than 1.8 million readers. In 2008 and 2009, Sirota was named best columnist by 5280 magazine.
In his long-form writing work, Sirota has published three books. The first two, Hostile Takeover (Crown, 2006) and The Uprising (Crown, 2008), were both New York Times bestsellers. The third book, Back to Our Future (Ballantine, 2011), was met with strong reviews and a cover story in USA Today (see here). In 2013, Back to Our Future became the basis for the National Geographic Channel’s miniseries “The ’80s: The Decade that Made Us.”
Sirota is a frequent television guest on major cable networks, including MSNBC, CNN and Current TV. Additionally, in conjunction with the release of his books, he has appeared on (among other shows) Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly.”
Award-Winning Radio Host
From 2009 to 2012, Sirota was an award winning daily radio talk show host in Denver. For most of that time, he solo hosted the morning show host on KKZN AM760 in Colorado. In 2010, that program was named Readers’ Choice for best radio program by Westword and Editors’ Choice for best program by 5280 magazine. Sirota has also appeared as a guest on National Public Radio, and has done radio commentary for BBC World Service.
Previous Political Work
Before becoming a full-time journalist in 2006, Sirota was a political strategist serving as a senior campaign aide to Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Montana’s first Democratic governor in 16 years; a campaign adviser to Connecticut’s antiwar icon Ned Lamont, who defeated Sen. Joe Lieberman in the 2006 Democratic primary; and the press secretary for Vermont Congressman Bernard Sanders, the longest-serving independent in congressional history. He also worked at the Center for American Progress.
Sirota grew up outside of Philadelphia and received a degree in journalism and political science from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. After graduating in 1998, he lived for five years in Washington, D.C., and then for two and a half years in Helena, Mont., before moving to Denver where he now lives with his wife, Emily, his son, Isaac, his dog, Monty, and a fridge stocked with his favorite Colorado microbrews.
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