Mike Perlstein has worked as investigative reporter at WWL-TV since 2009. As a member of the Eyewitness Investigates team, Mike has covered a wide range of stories, uncovering a traffic court judge driving a city car with illegal accessories, revealing a false police report that led to a guilty plea by the complainant, and exposing supplemental insurance purchases by New Orleans judges – a series that sparked a state audit declaring the perks illegal.
Mike moved to New Orleans in 1986 to work as a staff writer at The Times-Picayune. He cut his journalistic teeth covering Plaquemines Parish, immersing himself in the region’s spicy politics, hard-edged crime-and-punishment and target-rich environment for investigative reporting.
During Mike’s distinguished 20-year career at the newspaper, he wrote extensively about the criminal justice system, earning a slew of national, regional and local journalism awards. Mike was part of the team that was awarded Pulitzer Prizes for Breaking News and Public Service for coverage of Hurricane Katrina during the summer of 2005.
Mike has shared his front-line reporting experiences and insights with hundreds of aspiring journalists. As an educator, Mike has taught at Southern University at New Orleans, Dillard, Tulane and Loyola, where he was a Visiting Assistant Professor from 2006-2009. During his full-time stint in academia, he wrote freelance articles for The New York Times, Washington Post, New Orleans Magazine and others.
Mike has a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree from Reed College. In his spare time, he coaches the soccer and basketball teams of his three children.