Joy Lukachick Smith


GateHouse Media

Joy Lukachick Smith is a special projects reporter for GateHouse Media Iowa. For nearly a decade, she uncovered corruption and wrote about crime and politics in Chattanooga, Tennessee for the Times Free Press. In 2017, Smith was a Pulitzer finalist for a series she co-wrote on Chattanooga's rising income inequality.

In 2014, Smith received the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting for her series on murders and corruption in Georgia's state prison system. She currently lives in Burlington, Iowa with her husband, daughter and a spoiled cat. 


We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.