Location: Washington, D.C.
Started at AP: 2002
Originally from: Chapel Hill, N.C.
Adam Goldman graduated from the University of Maryland in 1995 and then moved to Israel where he interned at The Jerusalem Report. Since then he has covered crime/local government for The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va., and The Birmingham News in Birmingham, Ala. Today he is a reporter on the investigative team in Washington, D.C., where he has focused on national security since 2010. In 2012, Goldman and three other AP reporters were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for their series documenting the New York Police Department's secret surveillance of Muslim and minority neighborhoods since the 9/11 terror attacks. The NYPD series won several other awards including a George Polk Award, Harvard's Goldsmith Award and the Edgar A. Poe Award from the White House Correspondents' Association.
What has been your career path at AP?
I worked in Las Vegas for three years beginning in 2002 as a business reporter covering gambling and tourism. I transferred to the New York City bureau and worked there as a general assignment reporter covering everything until landing a job in the Washington, D.C., bureau in 2010 as a national security reporter.
What do you do?
I get people to tell me things. When I've learned enough about what I am pursuing, I write a story. My days vary. I spend a lot of time meeting sources. I've traveled to many states for stories: Mississippi for Katrina; Alaska to investigate former Gov. Sarah Palin; Chicago to investigate the Gov. Blagojevich; San Francisco to interview Obama's old roommate, Sohale Siddiqi. At first he refused to talk but I flew out there and got him to talk and on the record. I've also reported from Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Dubai. I am sure there are others but it's a blur.
What's the most exciting part of your job?
The best part of my job is getting someone to talk after pursuing that person for a long time. I rarely take no for an answer. I enjoy bringing a good story to the AP. Working with other AP reporters, I have helped break many terrorism-related stories such as identifying a man who died at the hands of the CIA in Afghanistan and of the courier who led the CIA to Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan and the lack of accountability at the spy agency. Every day I get to work on a team with some really smart, talented colleagues in the Washington, D.C. bureau.
Tell us about winning a Pulitzer Prize.
The NYPD series came as a result of making sources on my beat and working closely with other AP reporters who knew a lot about national security and were more knowledgeable in many areas than me. It was rewarding to see all that hard work come together in that first NYPD story that led to the Pulitzer. All those meals, coffee and out-of-the-way meetings paid off. My colleagues worked hard. We never stopped reporting. I was proud to win the Pulitzer for the AP and to be on that stage with Matt Apuzzo, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley. The AP backed the team's reporting despite fierce push back from the NYPD. The AP never blinked and that was important as a reporter doing tough work. The Pulitzer hasn't changed the way we do our jobs. I don't think it influences whether people talk to us or not. It doesn't make the stories any easier; it just makes it easier to find us on Google.
Any advice for a budding reporter?
If you want to succeed in this business don’t take no for an answer. Make it happen. You can either give elbows or take them. Bring stories to your editor, not the other way around. You're supposed to know what's going on. Get out on the street and do your job and you will find good stories. You won't find them sitting at your desk.
© 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Terms and conditions apply. See AP.org for details.