Amy Goldstein is a staff writer for the Washington Post, where she writes about national social policy issues. Her pieces focus on health care reform, housing, Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security, welfare, and the strains put on the social safety net by the recent recession. During two decades at the Post, she has covered the White House and many notable news events of recent times.
At the Radcliffe Institute, Goldstein will explore ways in which high levels of unemployment and underemployment, a defining quality of the United States in the early 21st century, are transforming Americans’ lives and reshaping our national identity. Weaving together quantitative data with narrative reporting and writing, she will examine both the private sphere—providing a ground-level view of the impact on people all along the socioeconomic ladder—and the public realm. How, she will ask, has the recent economic crisis altered family relationships, job retraining, mental health, political alignment, state fiscal policies, and more?
Goldstein was part of a team of Washington Post reporters awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for the newspaper’s coverage of 9/11 and the government’s response to the attacks. She was also a 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting for an investigative series she cowrote on the medical treatment of immigrants detained by the federal government. Goldstein is a visiting research professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. She holds an AB in American civilization from Brown University and was a 2005 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.