Joseph Rago '05 found dead Thursday evening

by The Dartmouth Senior Staff | 7/21/17 1:00pm

Joseph Rago ’05, an editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal, has died, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Rago was found dead in his apartment in Manhattan on Thursday evening. The New York Police Department went to check on Rago after he did not show up to work on Thursday, according to The Wall Street Journal. He was 34.

The cause of death has not yet been determined.

Rago won a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 2011 for his stories on health care policy, particularly ObamaCare. He wrote on topics ranging from privacy and security to Congress and energy regulation, and he was The Wall Street Journal’s primary editorial writer during the 2016 presidential election.

On campus, Rago served as editor in chief of the Dartmouth Review and was on the Review’s board of directors at the time of his death. He was also a member of Phi Delta Alpha fraternity. After graduating from the College in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in history, Rago joined The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page as an intern.