David Barstow is an American journalist who currently works for The New York Times as an investigative reporter. He started his career as a reporter for The Rochester Times-Union in upstate New York and began to work for The St. Petersburg Times in 1990, reporting on a wide range of issues. While there, he was a finalist for three Pulitzer Prizes. In 1999 Barstow joined The Times where he covered the presidental election in 2000, particularly the Florida recount and wrote about financial aid for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. In 2002 and 2003, Barstow reported on workplace safety in America, leading a team of journalists that produced two series for The Times and a documentary for the PBS program Frontline. The two series, Dangerous Business and When Workers Die, were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2004. In 2009 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. His piece 'Message Machine: Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon's Hidden Hand' revealed how some retired generals, working as radio and television analysts, had been co-opted by the Pentagon to make its case for the war in Iraq.