Norm Alster

Norm Alster

Journalism Fellow with the Investigative Journalism Project
Norm Alster

Alster has worked for Forbes, Business Week and Investor’s Business Daily. In recent years, he has been a frequent contributor to the business pages of the New York Times. A graduate of Columbia College and the Columbia School of Journalism, Norm feels fortunate that his editors have generally given him the freedom to tackle a wide range of subjects. He has, for example, done original reporting on industrial espionage, the impact of financial speculation on oil prices and the lobbying influence of the high tech and banking industries. Norm issued timely warnings in advance of both the bursting of the tech bubble in 2000 and the financial crisis of 2008. He will examine how the inordinate influence of corporate interests led to errors of commission and omission at the FCC.

Investigative Journalism Fellow

Lab Fellow