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Center for Public Integrity staff

Peter Bale

Chief Executive Officer The Center for Public Integrity

Peter Bale joins the Center after three years as Vice President and General Manager of Digital at CNN International, where he ran and other digital products outside the United States. The International edition of the CNN site recorded double-digit growth in users, engagement and revenue during his tenure heading teams in Atlanta, London, Dubai and Hong Kong. Bale is a frequent speaker on media and the impact of the internet on journalism.... More about Peter Bale

Ashley Balcerzak

American University Fellow The Center for Public Integrity

Ashley Balcerzak is a fellow from American University, where she is currently working on her master’s degree in journalism and public affairs. Before joining the Center, Ashley wrote for Atlantic Media Strategies, the digital consultancy of the Atlantic, Men’s Health and The Huffington Post. At the Medill Watchdog Initiative, Ashley worked on investigations focused on local government transparency and freedom of information laws.... More about Ashley Balcerzak

Rachel Baye

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Rachel Baye is a reporter for the Center’s Consider the Source project. Before joining the Center as an American University fellow in August 2013, she spent two years at The Washington Examiner covering Washington, D.C.’s Maryland suburbs and education. Rachel has a master’s degree in journalism from American University and a bachelor's from the University of Pennsylvania, where she led the school’s award-winning student newspaper.... More about Rachel Baye

Michael Beckel

Politics reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Michael Beckel joined the Center for Public Integrity as a politics reporter in February 2012, where his focus is on super PACs, politically active nonprofits and the influence of money on elections. He previously worked for three years as the money-in-politics reporter for the Center for Responsive Politics. Beckel's exploits have taken him inside the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, including the oral arguments of the landmark campaign finance cases Citizens United v.... More about Michael Beckel

Eleanor Bell

Multimedia Editor The Center for Public Integrity

Eleanor Bell is an investigative reporter as well as a video journalist, broadcaster and multimedia producer.... More about Eleanor Bell

Jared Bennett

Digital Editor The Center for Public Integrity

Jared Bennett is the Center's digital editor. He worked as a digital producer at WBUR, in Boston, before joining the Center's digital team in the summer of 2014. Jared graduated with a master's degree in multimedia journalism from Emerson College in 2014 and a bachelor's degree in English literature from SUNY Geneseo in 2011.... More about Jared Bennett

Dorothy Betts

Executive Assistant The Center for Public Integrity

With 35 years of administrative experience, calm demeanor and excellent judgment, Betts is an integral part of the Center's operations. Her previous role at the Management Assistance Group included overseeing MAG's day-to-day financial operations, managing payroll and accounts payable, maintaining consulting files and liasing with clients. In addition to her work, she is a leader in her community.... More about Dorothy Betts

Douglas Birch

The Center for Public Integrity

Veteran foreign correspondent Douglas Birch has reported from more than 20 countries, covered four wars, a dozen elections, the death of a pope and the hunt for a malaria vaccine. He formerly served as the Moscow bureau chief for the Associated Press and spent 22 years at the Baltimore SunBirch was the AP’s diplomatic and military editor in Washington, following his work in Moscow from 2001 to 2005 and from 2007 to 2010.... More about Douglas Birch

Talia Buford

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Talia Buford is a reporter in the Center's environment and labor team. She spent three years as an energy reporter for Politico, where she covered natural gas and the Interior Department and authored the daily Afternoon Energy newsletter. Previously, Buford spent five years at The Providence (R.I.) Journal as a legal affairs and municipal reporter.... More about Talia Buford

Alexander Cohen

Data Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Alexander Cohen rejoined the Center in 2013 after serving as Reuters’s campaign data reporter for the 2012 election.... More about Alexander Cohen

Deborah Dubois

Chief Development Officer The Center for Public Integrity

Deborah joined the Center in July 2015 as its Chief Development Officer and oversees its revenue generating activities. She joined the Center after a two and half year stint at Justice at Stake as its Deputy Executive Director for Development.... More about Deborah Dubois

Emily Dufton

ACLS Public Fellow, Engagement Analyst The Center for Public Integrity

Emily Dufton (Ph.D., George Washington University, 2014) is an ACLS Public Fellow and serves as the Center's Engagement Analyst. Her work will include creating an outreach strategy to reach new readers, strengthening relationships with digital communities, and building supporter numbers among younger readers. She will also focus on partnering with other offline organizations and social communities in order for the Center's stories to reach their broadest possible audience.... More about Emily Dufton

John Dunbar

Deputy Executive Editor The Center for Public Integrity

John is the creator of Consider the Source, the Center's ongoing investigation of the impact of money on state and federal politics. He returned to the Center in 2011 after spending two years as director of the "Connected" project at the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University where he investigated the political influence of the telecommunications and media industries.... More about John Dunbar

Susan Ferriss

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Susan Ferriss is a prize-winning former foreign correspondent who has been investigating treatment of children by the U.S. justice and immigration system, law enforcement and the school-discipline process. She joined the Center in 2011.... More about Susan Ferriss

William Gray

Media Relations Specialist The Center for Public Integrity

William Gray works to increase the visibility and impact of the Center's investigative reporting and the journalists producing that work through traditional media bookins and strategic partnerships with other organizations. A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., Gray comes to the Center from the public affairs network C-SPAN. Starting his broadcast television career as a C-SPAN intern, he began by working on its morning program, Washington Journal.... More about William Gray

Julia Harte

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Julia Harte comes to the Center after completing a U.S. News summer internship at The Wall Street Journal. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a B.A. in History and received a Master’s degree in 2014 from the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University. In between, she was based in Istanbul, Turkey, reporting on politics, immigration, human rights, energy policy, and environmental issues.... More about Julia Harte

David Heath

Senior Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Heath is a veteran investigative reporter who writes about the environment and scientific integrity. While at the Center, his work has appeared on PBS Frontline, PBS NewsHour, the CBS Evening News, Mother Jones, the Huffington Post, and Scientific American. His work has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize three times and he was an Emmy Award nominee for his work with Frontline on corporate dentistry.... More about David Heath

Candace Hollingsworth

Consultant Finance Officer The Center for Public Integrity

Candace Hollingsworth joined the Center in January 2013. She has successfully managed funding portfolios ranging from $3.2M -$18M from a diverse group of funders including NIH, DOD, MDA, NSF, EPA, USDOL, USAID, private foundations and corporation-sponsored clinical trials.... More about Candace Hollingsworth

Allan Holmes

Project Manager, Business in Politics The Center for Public Integrity

Allan Holmes joined the Center in 2013 to cover broadband and Internet governance. He previously worked for three years at Bloomberg News, where he led a team of technology reporters and analysts writing about telecommunications, cybersecurity and privacy policies. In 2008, Holmes launched the technology website Nextgov at Atlantic Media, and covered federal and state technology policy for CIO Magazine.... More about Allan Holmes

Jamie Smith Hopkins

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Before joining the Center's environment and labor team, Jamie Smith Hopkins worked for 15 years for the Baltimore Sun, where she spent most of her time as a business reporter.... More about Jamie Smith Hopkins

Jackie Hryncewich

Individual Giving Coordinator The Center for Public Integrity

As the Individual Giving Coordinator, Jackie is responsible for managing the operations of the Center’s direct response fundraising using direct mail, on-line appeals, and individual cultivation efforts. Prior to working at the Center, she served as the Administrative Services Manager of a health-care organization in Western Maryland.... More about Jackie Hryncewich

Maryam Jameel

W. K. Kellogg Reporting Fellow The Center for Public Integrity

John Ketchum

Engagement Editor The Center for Public Integrity

John Ketchum joined the Center from NPR where he worked for Morning Edition. Before that he was at Marketplace as part of a four person team dedicated to covering the income divide in America. John blogged and ran social media strategy for the team. John is excited to break down complex topics in a way that people can understand in the social space. He believes that now more than ever, people want to understand the world around them. This means meeting them at the mediums they use.... More about John Ketchum

Nicholas Kusnetz

Project Manager and Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Nicholas Kusnetz writes about accountability and corruption in state government and runs the Center's State Integrity Investigation, which was a 2013 finalist for Harvard's Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. His stories have examined state lawmakers who moonlight as lobbyists, the influence of oil companies in North Dakota and the nationwide debate over arming school staff.... More about Nicholas Kusnetz

Carrie Levine

Politics Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Carrie Levine joined the Center for Public Integrity in October 2014 as a federal politics reporter investigating the influence of money in politics. For four years before joining the Center, she worked as research director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, where she managed a five-person staff that exposed the activities of politically active “dark money” nonprofits and uncovered instances of congressional self-dealing.... More about Carrie Levine

Dave Levinthal

Senior Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Dave Levinthal joined the Center for Public Integrity in 2013 and leads its federal politics reporting team. Under Dave's direction, the Center's Primary Source politics blog won an Editor & Publisher EPPY Award in 2014 as the nation's best political blog.... More about Dave Levinthal

Erik Lincoln

Web Developer The Center for Public Integrity

Erik Lincoln built and maintains the Center's Drupal content management system, which runs Originally from western Colorado, Lincoln joined the Center in July 2009.... More about Erik Lincoln

Kristen Lombardi

Senior Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Kristen Lombardi is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the Center for Public Integrity since 2007. She has been a journalist for more than 19 years. Her investigation into campus rape cases for the Center won the Robert F. Kennedy Award and the Dart Award in 2011, as well as the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in 2010, among other recognitions.... More about Kristen Lombardi

Patrick Malone

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Patrick Malone joined the Center for Public Integrity in May 2015 to cover national security. He spent 20 years reporting on justice, politics and deep investigations for newspapers in Colorado and New Mexico, most recently at The Santa Fe New Mexican.... More about Patrick Malone

Jim Morris

Managing Editor, Environment The Center for Public Integrity

Jim Morris is managing editor for environment and labor at the Center for Public Integrity. A journalist since 1978, Morris has won more than 60 awards for his work, including the George Polk award, the Sidney Hillman award, several Sigma Delta Chi awards, and five Texas Headliners awards. He directed a global investigation of the asbestos industry that won the John B.... More about Jim Morris

Kimberley Porteous

Chief Digital Officer The Center for Public Integrity

Kimberley Porteous was appointed the Center for Public Integrity's Chief Digital Officer in 2013 after creating the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists' digital presence and working on two of their major projects.... More about Kimberley Porteous

Wendell Potter

Freelance Analyst The Center for Public Integrity

Following a 20-year career as a corporate public relations executive, Potter left his position as head of communications for CIGNA, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, to show the world the dark inner workings of the insurance industry.... More about Wendell Potter

Yue Qiu

News developer The Center for Public Integrity

Yue is a news developer at the Center. She was a Google Journalism Fellow and news application fellow at ProPublica before joining the Center in 2015. Yue graduated from Columbia University with a dual degree in journalism and international relations from the Graduate School of Journalism and the School of International and Public Affairs.... More about Yue Qiu

Erin Quinn

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Erin Quinn is a reporter for the Center’s Consider the Source project, covering Washington, D.C.’s “misinformation industry.” She was previously the Center’s 17th James R. Soles Fellow. She graduated in 2013 from University of Delaware with an honors degree in international relations and English and a minor in journalism. She served as managing news editor for The Review, the student-run newspaper.... More about Erin Quinn

Fred Schulte

Senior Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Schulte is a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, most recently in 2007 for a series on Baltimore’s arcane ground rent system. Schulte’s other Pulitzer-nominated projects exposed excessive heart surgery death rates in veterans’ hospitals, substandard care by health insurance plans treating low-income people and the hidden dangers of cosmetic surgery in medical offices. He spent much of his career at the Baltimore Sun and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.... More about Fred Schulte

Peter Newbatt Smith

Research Editor The Center for Public Integrity

Before coming to the Center, Peter Smith was employed as a law clerk at the firm of Gaffney & Schember, P.C., in Washington, D.C. He received his bachelor’s degree in medieval European history from Harvard University and his law degree from American University.... More about Peter Newbatt Smith

R. Jeffrey Smith

Managing Editor, National Security The Center for Public Integrity

Smith worked for 25 years in a series of key reporting and editorial roles at The Washington Post, including national investigative editor, national security correspondent, national investigative correspondent, and a foreign staff bureau chief based in Rome. In 2006, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, along with two colleagues at the Post, for articles on House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and lobbyist Jack Abramoff.... More about R. Jeffrey Smith

Kytja Weir

Project Manager The Center for Public Integrity

Kytja Weir joined the Center in 2013, where she is project manager and reporter for the Consider the Source state politics team. For four years before joining the Center, she was a local news reporter for The Washington Examiner. Her work there investigating safety and management problems in the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority earned honors from the D.C. Society of Professional Journalists and the Maryland/Delaware/D.C. Press Association.... More about Kytja Weir

Liz Essley Whyte

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Liz Essley Whyte is a reporter for the Consider the Source state politics team. Before joining the Center in 2014 as an American University fellow, she was the managing editor of a quarterly magazine focused on philanthropy, and prior to that, she covered local government and transportation for The Washington Examiner. Her scoops on insider deals at the local airports authority earned her top awards from the D.C.... More about Liz Essley Whyte

Ben Wieder

CAR Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Ben Wieder is the Computer Assisted Reporter for the Consider the Source project, which tracks the influence of money on state and federal politics. He worked previously at Stateline and interned at the Center in the Summer of 2011. He has also written for the Chronicle of Higher Education and Newsday.... More about Ben Wieder

Richard Wilson

IT Manager The Center for Public Integrity

Richard Wilson brings more than 20 years of experience managing information technology systems for large businesses and government agencies. This includes managing help desks and large IT networks, as well as planning and implementing mission critical business enterprise and IT security systems for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; the U.S.... More about Richard Wilson

Gordon Witkin

Executive Editor The Center for Public Integrity

Gordon Witkin joined the Center in September 2008 following a long career at U.S. News & World Report and a shorter stint at Congressional Quarterly. At U.S. News, Witkin served as a regional correspondent in Detroit and as bureau chief in Denver, before coming to Washington in 1987. He covered criminal justice for 11 years, before joining the management ranks as chief of correspondents in 1998.... More about Gordon Witkin

Lisa Zuba

Director of Leadership Giving The Center for Public Integrity

As the Director of Leadership Giving, Lisa helps secure high-impact gifts from individuals to support the Center for Public Integrity in its mission. Lisa has served in management roles in both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Most recently Lisa served as Director of Major Gifts for Father Martin’s Ashley, an alcohol and drug addiction treatment center. She began her non-profit career at the National Organization on Disability.... More about Lisa Zuba

Chris Zubak-Skees

News Developer The Center for Public Integrity

News developer Chris Zubak-Skees is equal parts coder and journalist. A graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology with a journalism and computer science education, he served as a reporting fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, and as online production manager, reporter and news editor at RIT Reporter magazine.... More about Chris Zubak-Skees

Cady Zuvich

Soles Fellow The Center for Public Integrity

Cady Zuvich is the 19th James R. Soles Fellow, covering money in federal politics. A native to Delaware, she graduated for the University of Delaware in May 2015 with a degree in political science with a minor in journalism. As an undergraduate, Cady was the executive editor of the student-run newspaper of The Review, where she spearheaded several investigative projects and increased digital presence. She is a recipient of the Edward A. Nickerson and Lindsey Marie Bonistall awards.... More about Cady Zuvich

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists staff

Gerard Ryle

Director International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Gerard Ryle leads the ICIJ’s headquarters staff in Washington, D.C., as well as overseeing the consortium’s 100 member journalists in more than 50 countries. Before joining as the ICIJ’s first non-American director in September 2011, Ryle spent 26 years working as a reporter, investigative reporter and editor in Australia and Ireland, including two decades at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers.... More about Gerard Ryle

Hamish Boland-Rudder

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Sasha Chavkin

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Will Fitzgibbon

Reporter International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Marina Walker Guevara

Deputy Director  International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Marina Walker Guevara is ICIJ’s deputy director. A native of Argentina, she has reported from a half-dozen countries and her investigations have won and shared more than 12 national and international awards. Over a ten-year career, she has written about environmental degradation in Latin America by multinational corporations; shadowy U.S. government HIV/AIDS prevention programs in Africa, and the cigarette mafia in the Tri-Border Area of South America, among other topics.... More about Marina Walker Guevara

Michael Hudson

Senior Editor International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Michael Hudson is a senior editor at ICIJ.... More about Michael Hudson

Cécile Schilis-Gallego

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Cécile Schilis-Gallego is a data journalist for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. She joined ICIJ in 2014 after graduating with a master's degree in investigative journalism from Columbia University.... More about Cécile Schilis-Gallego