Sac State

image_pasztorAndy Pasztor: Biography

After working for several metropolitan daily newspapers covering political issues, Andy Pasztor joined The Wall Street Journal almost 30 years ago in the Detroit bureau, initially covering the historic Chrysler Corp. federal bailout of the late 1970s. 

Moving to the Washington, DC bureau, he wrote about environmental issues and the Justice Department during the administrations of Ronald Reagan and first George Bush. His coverage of the Iran-Contra probes led to a stint covering the Pentagon, including extensive reporting from the Middle East during the Persian Gulf War.

His investigative reporting on the Justice and Defense Departments resulted in the 1995 publication of the book, When the Pentagon was for Sale, an authoritative and dramatic depiction of U.S. defense industry corruption before and after the fall of Communism.  Based on previously secret grand jury testimony, wiretap transcripts, and interviews with more than 130 people – from federal prosecutors to convicted felons – the book exposed exclusive details of the largest procurement scandal ever to hit the Pentagon. 

Assigned to the Los Angeles bureau in 1993, Andy now covers defense-related topics, white-collar crime, aviation safety, and the global satellite industry.  In 2004, he and two colleagues shared a prestigious national Gerald Loeb Award for “Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism,” for coverage of the criminal investigations and ethical scandals that rocked Boeing Co. and its top executives  

Andy’s most recent front page stories have ranged from an in-depth examination of China’s aviation safety record to the reasons behind Europe’s resurgent rocket industry to an investigation of hazards plaguing a popular brand of ride-on toys for children. 

Andy’s interest in uncovering corruption may stem from his family history.  Born in Budapest, Hungary, he was seven years old when his parents fled a country under Communist rule and emigrated to the United States.  Andy and his wife, Eileen Mayers Pasztor, a social work professor of child welfare and advocacy, are foster and adoptive parents.  Their family, residing in Manhattan Beach, California, includes three dogs and three cats.  


Upcoming Event


Thursday, February 14th, 2008
10:30 -- noon, Hinde Auditorium, University Union

Over the past two decades, Congress, the Pentagon and other Executive Branch agencies have created a torrent of laws and regulations to protect against corruption in acquisition decisions. But federal initiatives failed to solve many basic problems, and voluntary disclosure efforts by industry also have fallen short. What more can and should be done, particularly in the defense arena, to protect taxpayers, assure ethical behavior and produce meaningful competition?

Focusing on high-profile criminal probes and prosecutions of some of America’s most renowned companies -- including aerospace giant Boeing Co.-- Mr. Pasztor will offer insights based on his wide-ranging work as an investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal.  He will explore actual examples of multi-billion dollar contracts tainted by flagrant violations and scandals, as well as shortcomings in responses by corporate executives and government watchdogs. Participants also will be challenged to consider the question:  Is legal always ethical?