James V. Grimaldi is an investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal based in the Washington D.C. bureau, where he has covered a range of topics and specializes in government and political investigations. A Pulitzer Prize winner, Grimaldi recently won the 2017 Everett Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress.  

Grimaldi previously worked at The Washington Post, where he and two colleagues won the Pulitzer in 2007 for reports exposing the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. The stories also won the Selden Ring Award and the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting.  

Stories he co-authored about guns in America won the Freedom of Information Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors in 2010. And his work on a DC public schools investigation won a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism in 2008. He also worked on stories after the 9/11 attacks that were a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2002. 

Grimaldi has worked as Washington bureau chief of The Seattle Times and The Orange County Register, where he also was a participant in coverage that won the staff a Pulitzer for investigative reporting in 1996.  

He has been a Ferris Journalism Professor at Princeton University and is a frequent lecturer at the University of Maryland and George Washington, American and Georgetown universities. Grimaldi served as president and board member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and is a frequent panelist at IRE’s conferences. He currently is on the steering committee of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. 

He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and the Columbia University School of Journalism, where he was a Knight-Bagehot fellow for business and economics journalism. He was born in Kansas City, Mo., and lives on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.