Neil Barsky is the founder and chairman of the Marshall Project, a Pulitzer prize winning news outlet, intended to shed light on the United States criminal justice system. He has been a newspaper reporter (The Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News), equity research analyst (Morgan Stanley), hedge fund manager (Midtown Capital, Alson Capital) and documentary film director (“Koch”). Barsky is the chairman of the Columbia Journalism Review board of advisers and sits on the board of trustees of Oberlin College. Barsky is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He reported extensively on the business career of Donald Trump, and was awarded the 1991 Loeb Award for "coverage of the collapse of Donald Trump's financial empire." In his 1997 book, Trump: The Art of the Comeback, Trump wrote "Of all the writers who have written about me, probably none has been more vicious than Neil Barsky of the Wall Street Journal."
At a TEDx in Prisons event at San Quentin State Prison, Neil Barksy talked about why he, a financial journalist turned hedge fund manager, started a nonprofit media company devoted to reporting on criminal justice.
I want to talk about how we engage the world and how we educate the world about criminal justice so that it is as important an issue as health care, or the economy, or the Middle East