As part of Sixth & I's Who Do You Think You Are? genealogy series, Bob Woodward and Washington Post senior editor Steve Luxenberg discuss the process and implications of applying investigative journalism to family history. In Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret, Luxenberg movingly reveals the substantial challenges and rewards of holding a microscope to the relationships we hold most dear.
Steve Luxenberg is an associate editor at The Washington Post, where he has worked for nearly 25 years. Luxenberg's journalistic career began at The Baltimore Sun, where he worked for 11 years. In 1991, he succeeded Bob Woodward as head of the investigative staff. Post reporters working with Luxenberg have won several major reporting awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes for explanatory journalism.
From 1996 to 2006, Luxenberg was the editor of The Post's Sunday Outlook section, which publishes original reporting and provocative commentary on a broad spectrum of political, historical and cultural issues. Luxenberg has given talks and workshops about journalism issues and nonfiction writing. He also has a television credit: Look carefully, and you'll see him as an extra in the fifth and final season of HBO's dramatic series, The Wire, which aired in 2008.
In his current role as a Post associate editor focusing on special projects, Luxenberg has directed coverage of in-depth stories on the causes and consequences of the financial crisis that unfolded in the fall of 2008. One of those projects, on the rise and fall of insurance giant AIG, was a 2009 Pulitzer finalist.
Luxenberg grew up in Detroit, where Annie's Ghosts primarily takes place. He and his wife, Mary Jo Kirschman, a school librarian, live in Baltimore. They have two grown children.
Bob Woodward is Assistant Managing Editor at the Washington Post.