He has specialized in law enforcement and intelligence matters for more than a decade, though there have been occasional dalliances with international football, college football, Wall Street and the environment.
In 2018, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, along with a team of Times journalists, "for deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the President-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration."
Also at the Times, he revealed the hidden, long-term psychological effects of American torture and brutal interrogations in the years after 9/11.
He previously was a reporter with The Associated Press. There he received the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 2012 for showing how the New York Police Department, working with the CIA, systematically spied on Muslim Americans. That work led to the book "Enemies Within," which he co-authored with longtime colleague Adam Goldman. Apuzzo and Goldman also revealed that an American citizen who disappeared in Iran had been secretly working for the CIA, and that the United States government had lied about it for years.
He covered the mass shootings at Virginia Tech and in Newtown, Conn., as well as numerous federal investigations. Before moving to Washington, he was part of an AP team in Connecticut that exposed corruption in state government. He began his career as a reporter for the Standard-Times in New Bedford, Mass., where he covered corruption, drug trafficking and organized crime in America’s busiest fishing town.
He has flown in a Blackhawk, slept in his car after Hurricane Katrina, successfully argued a motion from the gallery in federal court, and generally had more fun than he anticipated when it became clear he would never get into medical school.