Rebecca R. Ruiz is a domestic correspondent for The New York Times covering the Justice Department in Washington. From 2015 to 2017, she was a sports investigative reporter focused on crime and cheating. She broke news about the United States’ sweeping corruption case focused on FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, and about Russia’s state-sponsored doping that had corrupted the standings of global competitions going back years. She won a George Polk award for her reporting.
Previously, as a business reporter for The Times, Ms. Ruiz worked as part of a team focused on autosafety in America to expose the government’s inattention to vehicle defects, resulting in stricter oversight of carmakers by federal regulators. She tied a fatal crash in Texas to the General Motors ignition switch defect, prompting a woman to be exonerated of criminally negligent homicide for the death of her boyfriend 10 years earlier. Ms. Ruiz previously worked as a researcher in the paper’s investigative unit and, before that, as a researcher for the paper’s opinion columnists. She joined The Times as an intern in 2007 and graduated from Cornell University.