Cezary Podkul

Cezary Podkul

Cezary Podkul
Class of 2002
East Leyden

Cezary Podkul is a reporter at ProPublica covering finance. Previously, he worked as a reporter at Reuters specializing in data-driven news stories. His work with Carrick Mollenkamp for Reuters’s “Uneasy Money” series was a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. He has covered energy and commodities and the private equity industry, among other beats, after leaving investment banking in 2008 to pursue journalism. Cezary Podkul graduated from East Leyden as Class Valedictorian in 2002. Cezary earned a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is a 2011 alumnus of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, where he won the Melvin Mencher Prize for Superior Reporting. He is fluent in Polish.

His message to Leyden students: "Do not be afraid of failure because the most important thing is not whether you fail at something but what you learn from it and how you use it as an opportunity for the next chapter of your personal or professional life. Every failure in life is also an opportunity. "