Judges : National
Deputy Managing Editor/Local and Business News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Adam Goodman is deputy managing editor of local and business news at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where he oversees the newspaper’s regional, financial and Washington coverage for print and online. Goodman has worked at the Post-Dispatch since 1987 in a variety of roles, including business reporter, environmental reporter, science editor, assistant business editor, metro editor and assistant managing editor.
As a reporter, Goodman has investigated major defense contractors such as McDonnell Douglas Corp. and General Dynamics Corp., covered several of St. Louis’ biggest business bankruptcies and profiled some of the city’s wealthiest and most publicity-shy private businessmen.
As an editor, Goodman has overseen numerous investigations, including those of fraud and mismanagement at the St. Louis Housing Authority and cover-ups of sexual abuse by priests in local dioceses of the Roman Catholic Church. He also has led the newspaper’s coverage in both print and online of major news events, including the tragic Kirkwood City Hall shootings, which was a 2009 Pulitzer finalist for breaking news coverage. And he has helped preserve the paper’s commitment to enterprise, watchdog and local reporting through various restructuring and redesigns in recent years.
Goodman, a native of Columbus, Ohio, graduated from Stanford University in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. However, he spent most of his waking hours in college working at The Stanford Daily, including a stint as editor in his senior year. After graduation, Goodman joined The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif., as a reporter before leaving for St. Louis three years later.
Goodman and his wife, Carolyn, a registered nurse, live in Chesterfield, Mo. They have two children, Lizzy and Josh.