Margaret Engel is executive director of the Alicia Patterson Foundation, the nation’s second oldest journalism foundation. She directs a program that awards fellowships to some of the country’s best reporters, editors and photographers. She also served as managing editor of the Newseum, the nation’s only interactive museum of news.
She is a board member of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and was a reporter and editor at The Washington Post. She formerly reported on state government and health issues for the Des Moines Register, before being named to the paper’s Washington bureau. She began her career at The Lorain Journal.