Liz Kowalczyk is an investigative reporter with a background in covering medical care, hospitals, medical culture, and mental health. She came to the Boston Globe in 2000 as a health care reporter for the business section and has since worked for Metro and for the Spotlight team. Kowalczyk is a graduate of Cornell University. After college, she worked as a reporter at the Patriot Ledger in Quincy, MA, and at the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, CA, before coming to the Globe. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 as part of a team for national reporting on a pharmacy whose contaminated products killed and injured dozens of people. She won first place in 2014 for beat reporting from the Association of Health Care Journalists. In 2015, she was a Scripps Howard Foundation finalist for investigative reporting as part of a team that wrote about concurrent surgery. She was also a Pulitzer Prize Finalist in 2018 as part of the Spotlight team for a series on race in Boston. Her story focused on segregation at the city's world-class academic medical centers. She lives in Boston with her family.