Louise Story is a journalist with a passion for great storytelling and incisive reporting that impacts the world.
Louise has spent more than a decade at The New York Times. During this span, she has helped lead multimedia and strategy initiatives and has been a leading investigative reporter.
Currently, she is executive producer of the Times’ live interactive journalism. She is helping the Times create this new medium, which is aimed at the Facebook Live audience and has an emphasis on interactivity, visual journalism and transparency into Times journalism. In 2015, she worked on a committee studying the Audience of the Times. In 2013-2014, she was a member of the Innovation Committee, which authored the Innovation Report. In 2012, she hosted and helped The Times create a live video news program for its web site. From 2009 until 2012, she produced live radio segments about business topics for “The Takeaway,” a national radio program that was partnered with The Times.
Over this same time span, Louise’s investigative reporting work has spurred major reforms and law enforcement cases.
From 2014-2015, she worked on a project about the rising use of shell companies to purchase high-end real estate. That project, which traced shell companies to places as far and wide as Malaysia, Russia, Mexico and China, can be read here. Louise was honored by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and her work resulted in: a federal program to track high-end real estate buyers, changes in New York City real estate regulations, a federal complaint in the U.S. against family members of a Chinese politician and a $1 billion Department of Justice kleptocracy case involving friends and family of Malaysia’s prime minister.
In 2012, she worked on a project about state and local business subsidies that was awarded the Silver Barlett & Steele award and helped lead to major reforms in financial reporting standards for local governments, requiring them to publicly disclose subsidies for the first time.
From 2008-2012, Louise wrote about Wall Street and finance and was one of the lead reporters in chronicling the financial crisis of 2008. Her articles about Wall Street also spurred change. One series on the advantages bankers enjoy over other investors and customers led to a major SEC case against Goldman Sachs and also to a $1.87 billion settlement paid by banks in the derivatives industry. Another series was on the lack of prosecutions related to the financial crisis.
While covering Wall Street, Louise contributed to a project that was a finalist for the 2010 Emmy Awards and to one that was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. She was also a finalist three times for the Gerald Loeb Award and was named one of the Huffington Post’s Game Changers for 2010.
Prior to covering Wall Street, Louise wrote about advertising and marketing for the Times. In 2005, she spent several months studying the motherhood plans of Ivy League female students and wrote an article on that topic that became the most e-mailed story of that year.
She has also written hundreds of articles for other news outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Orlando Sentinel and The Hartford Courant.
Louise earned a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University and an M.B.A. as well as a B.A. in American Studies at Yale University. She lives in New York City with her husband and two small dogs. In her free time, she bikes, runs marathons and is a rock climber.