He began his reporting career covering downstate Illinois graft and corruption for Illinois Times in Springfield. His 2007 story about a Staten Island boiler-room that defrauded investors out of millions was awarded a silver medal in the investigative news category from the Alliance of Area Business Publications.
His work have won numerous awards over the years, including from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Alliance of Area Business Publications and the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award.
Elstein holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from Kalamazoo College and a masters degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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