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