David Sirota is the newest contributor to The Young Turks as a news commentator. He is an award-winning journalist, a best selling author, and is the senior editor for investigations at The International Business Times. He has also written for The New York Times, Politico, Harper’s, Wired, Vice, The Nation, and Salon. Sirota also served as an investigative journalist for CNN and has done work with First Look Media to help journalists develop their work into television shows, films and documentary series.
His investigative reporting on Wall Street is credited for showing “that secrecy can hide high fees, low returns, excess risk and the identity of politically connected dealmakers,” by The New York Times. The newspaper has also called him a “populist rabble-rouser” with a “take no-prisoners mindset” in reviews of his writing. In recent years, Sirota’s investigative reporting has resulted in government corruption probes in New Jersey and Connecticut, and has won recognition from the Loeb Awards, Ithaca College’s Izzy Award and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
Sirota grew up outside of Philadelphia and received a degree in journalism and political science from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. After graduating in 1998, he worked as the chief spokesperson for then-U.S. Rep. Bernie Sanders and then for Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee. After 5 years in Washington, and then two and a half years in Helena, Montana, Sirota moved to Denver where he now lives with his wife, Emily, his son, Isaac, his dog, Monty, and a fridge stocked with his favorite Colorado microbrews.