MARGARET (PEGGY) ENGEL

Peggy Engel, Los Angeles 2009

Margaret Engel directs the Alicia Patterson Journalism Foundation, which gives grants to journalists in the name of Alicia Patterson, the founder of Newsday

She was a reporter for the Washington Post, Des Moines Register and Lorain (OH) Journal and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard, studying worker health and law. 

She is chair of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism awards board and is a longtime member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Op-Ed Mentoring Project. 

She serves on the board of the Nieman Foundation and of Spotlight-DC and is an advisory board member of the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

She has co-authored books on baseball, American regional food companies, and clothing re-use. Her book “Food Finds” became a nine-year television series on The Food Network. She and her identical twin wrote widely-produced plays about two American journalists, Molly Ivins and Erma Bombeck.