Adam L. Penenberg (born July 27, 1962) is a U.S. investigative journalist, editor, and an associate professor of journalism at New York University. He is best known for his role in the affair surrounding The New Republic reporter Stephen Glass in 1998. He is currently the editor of technology news site PandoDaily.
Penenberg received his B.A. in Economics from Reed College.
In the summer of 1998, Penenberg, then a reporter with Forbes magazine's online arm, Forbes Digital Tool, came upon a story in The New Republic about a Silicon Valley firm which was hacked by a teenager, then hired the hacker as a security consultant. Amazed that The New Republic had somehow managed to scoop Forbes, Penenberg tried to verify it. Penenberg could not find any evidence that the company, Jukt Micronics, even existed. He also could not verify any of the events that Glass claimed resulted from the hacker's hiring, such as a radio spot from concerned Nevada state officials or several joint state efforts to combat hacking. After an internal investigation, The New Republic determined that Glass had fabricated the story and subsequently fired him.
- 1962-07-27) July 27, 1962 (age 57)