Mark Schleifstein

Reporter, | The Times-Picayune

Twitter: @MSchleifstein
Mark Schleifstein is the environment reporter for The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate |, and a member of its Louisiana Coastal Reporting Team. Schleifstein’s reporting is part of the “Polluter’s Paradise” series on the state’s petrochemical industry, published in the paper and online on and ProPublica. The series won awards in 2020 from the National Association of Science Writers, the Society of Environmental Journalists and the Society of News Design. His stories on Hurricane Katrina were among the Times-Picayune’s stories honored with 2006 Pulitzer Prizes for Public Service and Breaking News Reporting. He’s the co-author of the 2006 book “Path of Destruction: The Devastation of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms,” about Katrina. He’s co-author of the award-winning 2002 series, “Washing Away,” which warned that New Orleans could be flooded by hurricane storm surge. He also was co-author of the 1996 series, “Oceans of Trouble: Are the World’s Fisheries Doomed?”, which won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Two other series he co-authored were Pulitzer finalists: “Home Wreckers: How the Formosan termite is devastating New Orleans,” published in 1998, for national reporting; and “Louisiana in Peril,” published in 1991, for explanatory journalism.