Tim Schwab

Journalist in Washington, DC

Tim Schwab

Journalist in Washington, DC

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@timothywschwab

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I'm currently writing a book for Metropolitan Books (Henry Holt) about Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation. My book builds on an investigative series I've published over the last year, which was funded through an Alicia Patterson reporting fellowship. This series won an Izzy Prize (from the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College) and a Deadline Club Award (from the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists), and was a finalist for a Mirror Award (from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University). The Nation nominated my series on Gates for a Pulitzer.

My reporting on Gates has appeared in The Nation, Columbia Journalism Review and the British Medical Journal, and represents some of the only investigative journalism ever published on Gates. One focus of my writing has been to interrogate the weak public debate surrounding the foundation, which stems in part from the fact that Gates funds many of its would-be critics in journalism (here and here) and academia. I have also examined the dearth of government regulations and oversight over the Gates Foundation, even as the charity sometimes acts almost like a government, for example playing an outsize and controversial role in the pandemic (here, here and here) and in climate change.

My reporting on Gates proceeds from other reporting I've published on the interface of private interests and public policy (here and here and here and here), and the failures of journalism to scrutinize structures of power (here and here and here).

Earlier in my career, I worked as a journalist for two daily newspapers and as a researcher for the watchdog group Food & Water Watch.