Juvenile Law Center

Stephen Labaton, Esq.

Stephen Labaton is a partner at RLM Finsbury, a leading global public affairs firm, where he provides expertise on issues related to corporate reputation, issues management, M&A and corporate governance, public affairs, and other areas. Mr. Labaton previously worked at Georgetown Policy Advisers, LLC, which he founded in 2010 following a 23-year career at The New York Times, where he was a senior writer in the Washington Bureau. 

In 2009 Mr. Labaton was part of a small team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for a Times series, "The Reckoning," on the causes of the market crisis. He won a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism that year for the series. In 2003 Mr. Labaton won a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in the category of beat reporting for his coverage of the Securities and Exchange Commission. That year he was part of a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the national reporting category. In 2008 Mr. Labaton won the Futrell Award for excellence in communication and journalism, an award presented annually by Duke University's Terry Sanford Institute.

Mr. Labaton joined the business section of The Times in 1986 as a clerk and became a legal affairs correspondent in New York in 1987 for the business section. In the fall of 1990, he was transferred to the Washington bureau of The Times.

Mr. Labaton was for many years a board member (and one term chairman) of the Steering Committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, a preeminent organization devoted to protecting the legal rights of journalists. Mr. Labaton received a B.A. in political science and philosophy from Tufts University in 1983, graduating magna cum laude. He earned an M.A. in philosophy from Duke University and a J.D. degree from Duke University School of Law, both in 1986. He is a member of the bar in New York and Connecticut.

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