Michael Sallah

Biography

 

Michael Sallah is an award-winning journalist and author who is now investigations editor for the Miami Herald.

He was the lead reporter for the Toledo Blade's investigations team that received the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for revealing the story of an elite U.S. Army platoon that massacred hundreds of unarmed men, women and children in the central highlands of South Vietnam in 1967. The case was substantiated by Army investigators but later buried by the Pentagon for three decades until Sallah obtained several records of the investigation in 2003.

In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, he and fellow reporter Mitch Weiss won the Medal by Investigative Reporters & Editors; and a first-place Sigma Delta Chi award for investigative reporting for the Vietnam series.

Sallah and Weiss recently turned the series into a book, Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War for Little, Brown and Company (Time Warner books), which is already being hailed by critics as one of the most important works about the Vietnam War in years.

Sallah has continued to lecture and write about the Tiger Force case, the Vietnam War, and the powerful parallels to another conflict: Iraq.

In his career, he has received numerous state and national awards for his investigative stories on white-collar crime, drug trafficking and clerical sex abuse. He is a graduate of St. John's Jesuit High School in Ohio and the University of Toledo.