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Center for Public Integrity staff

Peter Bale

Chief Executive Officer 

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. He is on the board of the Global Editors Network and has been a regular presenter for Speakers for Schools, a British nonprofit aimed at inspiring young people. A Reuters correspondent and editor for 15 years, Bale worked with the international news agency in Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and held senior roles in London. He left Reuters to pursue internet journalism and was a founder of FTMarketWatch, an award-winning site from the Financial Times and MarketWatch. He was later Online Editorial Director of The Times and The Sunday Times in London. He also spent more than four years at Microsoft, where he was Editorial Director of MSN in the UK and then International Programming Director, responsible for content on more than 40 MSN sites around the world. More about Peter Bale

Rachel Baye


Rachel Baye is a reporter for the Center’s Consider the Source project. Before joining the Center as an American University fellow, 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 and public affairs from American University and earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, where she led the school’s award-winning student newspaper. She has also held internships at Philadelphia’s public radio station, WHYY, and with CNN’s investigative team. More about Rachel Baye

Michael Beckel

Politics reporter 

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. Federal Election Commission and McCutcheon v. FEC. Earlier, he completed a yearlong editorial fellowship with Mother Jones magazine, wrote for two alternative newsweeklies in Colorado and performed legislative research at Project Vote Smart. Beckel is a 2005 graduate of Colorado College. More about Michael Beckel

Eleanor Bell

Multimedia Editor 

Eleanor Bell is an investigative reporter as well as a video journalist, broadcaster and multimedia producer. She joined the team in April 2014 as the Center’s Multimedia Editor. Originally from New Zealand, Eleanor worked for many years at the ABC, Australia’s national public broadcaster where, in 2011, her investigative multimedia report into urban social disadvantage was awarded Australia’s highest journalism honor, the Walkley Award. In 2012 she was an award judge. Another investigation exposed unlawful and predatory behavior by mobile phone carriers in minority communities and was used as evidence by Australia’s consumer watchdog to prosecute the company. Her multiplatform report into the emerging practice of gene patents sparked a Senate inquiry and was nominated for a UN Environmental Reporting award.  Eleanor has received a coveted UN Media Peace Award for her digital journalism and was named the 2011 Australian Council of Deans of Education Young Journalist of the Year.  More about Eleanor Bell

Jared Bennett

Digital Editor 

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 

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. Betts is a Trustee of the Board of East Friendship Baptist Church, where she directs a scholarship program that since its inception in 1978, has assisted approximately 40 students financially through college. She also volunteers with the North Michigan Park Civic Association. More about Dorothy Betts

Douglas Birch

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. At the Baltimore Sun, he was an enterprise, feature and science writer. Birch was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2002 for his series on the abuse of human subjects in drug trials. A graduate of Columbia University and its graduate journalism school, he was also a Knight science journalism fellow at MIT. Birch lives in Baltimore with his wife, Jane, who works for a Baltimore charitable foundation. His daughter Alison is an architect living in Charleston, S.C.   More about Douglas Birch

Talia Buford


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.  She earned a master’s degree in the study of law from Georgetown University Law Center and studied print journalism at Hampton University. Her work has been recognized by the Rhode Island Press Association, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Foundation.  More about Talia Buford

Alexander Cohen

Data Reporter 

Alexander Cohen rejoined the Center in 2013 after serving as Reuters’s campaign data reporter for the 2012 election. At Reuters, he analyzed contributions from top technology companies to the Obama and Romney campaigns, served as the lead reporter on a story revealing that Romney's national energy adviser made political contributions exceeding federal legal limits, and uncovered links between the Republican Party and a group of special operations “spies and commandos” formed to criticize Obama's national security record. Before Reuters, he served on the staff at Public Citizen, where he was chief investigator for the White House For Sale project, which examined the top bundlers and donors to the 2008 presidential candidates, and worked for the Center, where he analyzed classified documents stemming from the investigation of abuses at Abu Ghraib. While at the Center, he participated in its investigation of the Oil and Gas industry, winning a Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Outstanding Online Reporting award from the Society of Environmental Journalists. More about Alexander Cohen

Mina Devadas

Director, Development Operations 

Mina Devadas joined the Center for Public Integrity in March 2011. She has served as a non-profit executive and development officer for a range of academic, health, and human services organizations, including The New School, the State University of New York, the Children’s Defense Fund, and the National Childhood Cancer Foundation. A Washington, D.C. native, she received her bachelor’s in fine art at Maryland Institute College of Art. More about Mina Devadas

Emily Dufton

ACLS Public Fellow, Engagement Analyst 

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. Her writing has appeared in numerous academic and commercial outlets, including the Atlantic and History News Network, and she has appeared as an expert on the History Channel.  More about Emily Dufton

John Dunbar

Deputy Executive Editor 

John is director 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. Prior to the Workshop, he reported on media and technology issues and the financial meltdown for the Washington bureau of the Associated Press. He spent seven years at the Center where he created the Well Connected project, an investigation of the political ties of the media and broadband industries. Between jobs with AP and the workshop, he led the Who's Behind the Financial Meltdown investigation into the subprime lending industry for the Center. Prior to his work with the Center, Dunbar was chief investigative reporter with the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. More about John Dunbar

Susan Ferriss


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. She won a first-place investigative prize from the national Education Writers Association for her 2012 series revealing how thousands of Los Angeles school police citations were pushing mostly Latino and black kids, almost half younger than 14, into courts for minor infractions. She is also a two-time Casey journalism award finalist for her police stories and an investigation into excessive expulsions of students in Kern County, California’s “expulsion capital.” In 2014, she won Columbia University’s Tobenkin national journalism award for reporting on discrimination for “Throwaway Kids.” This report documented how Latino farmworker kids were forced to attend alternative schools in California so far away from home they either dropped out, or only attended one day a week while enrolled full time on paper. As a reporter at the Sacramento Bee, Susan produced prize-winning immigration stories and covered state government and politics. And as a Latin America correspondent for nearly a decade with Cox Newspapers, Susan covered everything from indigenous rights movements and death squads in Colombia to transnational migration and drug trafficking. Her series on failed economic reforms in Mexico won top honors from the Overseas Press Club and the Inter-American Press Association and was a Loeb business reporting finalist. Susan is co-author of The Fight in the Fields, a history of Cesar Chavez and the farmworker movement and producer of The Golden Cage, a documentary about farmworkers. She was a Knight fellow at Stanford University and is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and UC Berkeley. More about Susan Ferriss

Alison Fitzgerald

Managing Editor, Politics and Finance 

Alison Fitzgerald is managing editor in charge of politics, finance and broadband coverage. She joined the Center in April 2013 to lead its financial and business reporting. Her first major project, "After the Meltdown" was honored with the 2013 George Polk Award. She previously spent more than a decade at Bloomberg News, where she wrote about the convergence of politics, government and economics. Her coverage of the 2008 financial crisis and ensuing government bailout won her several awards, including the 2009 George Polk Award, the Sidney Hillman Prize for social justice reporting, and the "Best of the Best" from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Prior to joining Bloomberg, she worked at The Associated Press in Boston and New York, the Palm Beach Post, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University. She is co-author of In Too Deep: BP and the Drilling Race that Took it Down, an examination of BP’s troubled safety history and corporate culture that lead, almost inevitably, to the 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. More about Alison Fitzgerald

William Gray

Media Relations Specialist 

William Gray works to increase the visibility and impact of CPI’s investigative reporting and the journalists producing that work. 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. He contributed to the networks’ 2012 Road to the White House coverage before becoming an operations producer, handling breaking news and both live and overnight coverage for each of the three C-SPAN networks. While at C-SPAN, Gray was a 2012-2013 Paul Miller Fellow with the National Press Foundation and an assistant editor for the online literary magazine TalkingWriting. He is a graduate of Centre College and earned a Master’s Degree after studying journalism at Harvard University’s Extension School. Gray is also the creator and curator of the award-winning archive Floor Charts that tracks and tags the props, charts and posters used by politicians and government officials. TIME named the archive one of the “30 Tumblrs to follow in 2013.” More about William Gray

Julia Harte


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. Her reporting has appeared in National Geographic, Al Jazeera America, Foreign Policy, The World Policy Journal, Global Post, and Inside Climate News, among others. At the Center, she looks forward to reporting on national security issues such as arms control in the Middle East, immigrant detention policy in the U.S., and cybersecurity. More about Julia Harte

David Heath

Senior Reporter 

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. He's won five national journalism awards since coming to the Center in 2010, including awards from the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Association of Health Care Journalists and the National Press Club. He previously worked at the Huffington Post Investigative Fund and The Seattle Times, where he co-authored an investigation of conflicts of interest surrounding clinical cancer research at a Seattle hospital. The series won the Harvard University’s Goldsmith Prize, the George Polk award, the Gerald Loeb award, the Scripps Howard Foundation’s public service award, the Associated Press Managing Editors’ public service award and the Newspaper Guild’s Heywood Broun award. Heath’s expose on congressional earmarks was recognized by the National Press Foundation with the Everett Dirksen award for best coverage of Congress. Heath was featured twice on Bill Moyers Journal for his work on earmarks. He is a graduate of Grinnell College and was a 2006 Harvard Nieman Fellow. He has taught journalism at the University of Washington and Harvard's summer school. More about David Heath

Candace Hollingsworth

Chief Financial Officer 

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. Prior to joining the Center, Candace consulted with public sector organizations (nonprofits and federal agencies) in early childhood, healthcare and international development to help drive social change via business process improvement, technology enhancements and strategic planning.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University in nonprofit management and social policy. More about Candace Hollingsworth

Allan Holmes

Senior Reporter 

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. He has covered technology regulations and government for 20 years, and he is a three-time national winner of the American Society of Business Publication Editors' best government coverage and website award. He also was a two-time Neal Awards finalist, including an honor for a report on Maine's botched Medicaid payment system that threatened the state's health program for the poor. Holmes was a finalist for the Preventive Journalism Award, established by Washington Monthly founder Charles Peters, for an article on the U.S. Census Bureau's failed handheld computer program, which threatened to delay the 2010 decennial census. Holmes received a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master's in Public Policy from Duke University.  More about Allan Holmes

Jamie Smith Hopkins


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. Her coverage of the housing market, before and after the 2008 economic crash, drew awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. SABEW also honored a 2011 data-driven investigation into a pervasive property-tax break that left neighbors with identical homes paying dramatically different tax bills. Hopkins was the valedictorian of her class at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. More about Jamie Smith Hopkins

Jackie Hryncewich

Individual Giving Coordinator 

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. Jackie received her bachelor’s degree in government and politics from University of Maryland, College Park and participates in several pro bono activities related to immigration. More about Jackie Hryncewich

Maryam Jameel

W. K. Kellogg Reporting Fellow 

John Ketchum

Engagement Editor 

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 

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. Several pieces detailed how corporate interests have sought to influence national policy through the states, including a shadowy push by insurance agents and brokers to pass state laws that restricted federal health care reform. Before joining the Center, Kusnetz was a Reporting Fellow at ProPublica, where he covered fracking. He's written about energy, the environment and politics for Bloomberg Businessweek, The Nation, High Country News and other publications. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. More about Nicholas Kusnetz

Carrie Levine

Politics Reporter 

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. Carrie previously worked as a reporter and associate editor for The National Law Journal, where she covered the inner workings of lobbying firms and lobbyists’ strategies. Carrie also previously reported for The Charlotte Observer, The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Mass., and The Sun (Lowell, Mass.). She is a graduate of Boston University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. More about Carrie Levine

Dave Levinthal

Senior Reporter 

Dave Levinthal joined the Center for Public Integrity in 2013 and leads its reporting team investigating the influence of money in federal politics. Under his direction, the Center's Primary Source politics blog won an Editor & Publisher EPPY Award in 2014 as the nation's best political blog. For two years prior to joining the Center, Dave reported on campaign finance and lobbying issues for Politico and co-wrote the daily Politico Influence column. He also edited from 2009 to 2011. From 2003 to 2009, Dave worked for The Dallas Morning News, primarily covering Dallas City Hall also reporting on national elections and aviation security. From 2000 to 2002, he covered the New Hampshire Statehouse for The Eagle-Tribune of Lawrence, Mass. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Dave graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in newspaper journalism and political philosophy and edited The Daily Orange. Dave has won numerous awards for his reporting and has appeared on dozens of television and radio networks and stations, including National Public Radio, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, C-SPAN and Al Jazeera America. Beyond politics, he is also a two-time winner of Canada’s Northern Lights Award for his travel writing about the arctic. More about Dave Levinthal

Erik Lincoln

Web Developer 

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. He graduated from Mesa State College in 2007 with a degree in mass communications and a minor in political science. He worked for two years as the front-page designer and a copy editor at The (Grand Junction, Colorado) Daily Sentinel. More about Erik Lincoln

Kristen Lombardi

Senior Reporter 

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 recently, Lombardi was a staff writer and investigative reporter at the Village Voice, where she provided groundbreaking coverage of the 9/11 health crisis. Her investigative reports as a staff writer for the Boston Phoenix were widely credited with helping to expose the clergy sexual-abuse scandal in that city. Her work for the Center has been honored by the Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Press Foundation, the Association of Health Care Journalists, the John B. Oakes Environmental Prize, and the Society of Environmental Journalists. She was one of 24 journalists awarded a Nieman Fellowship in Journalism at Harvard University, in 2011-2012. She also won a fellowship from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma for her coverage of child sexual abuse, and is active in the Dart Society. Lombardi graduated with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley, and has a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University. More about Kristen Lombardi

Gita Miller

James R. Soles Fellow 

Jim Morris

Managing Editor, Environment 

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. Oakes award for environmental reporting from Columbia University in 2011 and an IRE Medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He also led projects on worker hazards at oil refineries and lingering air toxics problems in U.S. communities that won honors from the National Press Foundation, the National Association of Science Writers, Harvard University and Hunter College, among other organizations. In April 2013, Morris and two colleagues received the Edgar A. Poe award for national reporting from the White House Correspondents’ Association for “Hard Labor, a series on health and safety threats to American workers. Morris has worked for a number of newspapers in Texas and California as well as publications such as U.S. News & World Report and Congressional Quarterly in Washington. More about Jim Morris

Reity O'Brien


Reity O’Brien is a reporter for the Center's "Consider the Source" money-in-politics coverage, and was the Center’s 16th James R. Soles Fellow. She graduated from University of Delaware in May 2012 with an Honors degree in political science and economics and minors in Spanish and journalism.  She worked for The Review, the university’s student-run newspaper, where she served as city editor and covered Delaware’s turbulent Senate contest in 2010. Reity has been the recipient of awards from the Maryland Delaware DC Press Association and the William P. Frank Scholarship Fund. She has held internships at Fortune Small Business Magazine, The Cecil Whig and The Philadelphia InquirerMore about Reity O'Brien

Kimberley Porteous

Chief Digital Officer 

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. Under her leadership the Center has won recognition from many of the industry’s top digital journalism awards, including the Online News Association award for General Excellence in Online Journalism and the EPPY Award for Best News Website. Her reporting for ICIJ's "Secrecy for Sale" project contributed to an IRE award, an Overseas Press Club Award, a Scripps Howard Foundation Award, and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. Her multimedia for ICIJ's "Skin and Bone" investigation earned a Sigma Delta Chi Award and a SABEW Best in Business Award, and received an honorable mention in the National Press Club Awards. Porteous is the former digital editor of The Canberra Times and multimedia editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. Her digital journalism has been awarded Australia’s highest journalism prize, the Walkley Award, three times, and has been a finalist six times.  More about Kimberley Porteous

Wendell Potter

Freelance Analyst 

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. He has testified before Senate and House committees, briefed several members of Congress and their staffs, appeared with lawmakers at several press conferences, spoken at more than 100 public forums, and has been the subject of numerous articles in the U.S. and foreign media. Potter is the author of Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans and Obamacare: What’s in It for Me? What Everyone Needs to Know About the Affordable Care Act. More about Wendell Potter

Erin Quinn


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. As an undergraduate, Erin studied political science while abroad in Ghana and participated in a political communication cross-cultural exchange with students in the United Arab Emirates. A recipient of the Ross Mayhew Memorial Scholarship for journalism, she held internships at the Newark Post and the Philadelphia Inquirer. More about Erin Quinn

Fred Schulte

Senior Reporter 

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. Schulte has received the George Polk Award, two Investigative Reporters and Editors awards, three Gerald Loeb Awards for business writing and two Worth Bingham Prizes for investigative reporting. The University of Virginia graduate is also the author of Fleeced!, an exposé of telemarketing scams. More about Fred Schulte

R. Jeffrey Smith

Managing Editor, National Security 

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. Smith was also a finalist with other Post reporters for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting in 1999 (from Kosovo), and a finalist with others for the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting in 2005 (about Abu Ghraib and military prisoner abuse). In his first ten years at the Post, Smith wrote about defense, intelligence and foreign policy matters, including policymaking at the State Department, Pentagon, and White House. He also focused on conflict and terrorism in the Middle East; politics and military affairs in Asia; and arms proliferation. Prior to that, he was a senior writer for the News and Comment section of Science Magazine where he won a National Magazine Award in 1986 for writing about arms control. More about R. Jeffrey Smith

Peter Newbatt Smith

Research Editor 

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

Daniel Wagner


Daniel Wagner came to the Center in 2013 from The Associated Press in Washington, D.C. He was on the Center team that produced After the Meltdown, a series showing the lack of accountability for perpetrators of the financial crisis, which was honored with a George Polk Award and Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Previously at The AP, Dan received two Best in Business awards from the Society for American Business Editors and Writers (2010) for stories on banks’ use of bailout money and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s close relationships with bankers. He won a third SABEW award for feature writing (2012) for profiling a little-known Treasury Department office that oversees and protects the alcohol and tobacco industries. Prior to the AP, Dan was a business reporter for Newsday, covering real estate, land use and the mortgage industry. His team’s early work on the mortgage crisis in 2007 won a National Headliner Award (2008). Dan, a native of West Virginia, graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude with a degree in Folklore and Mythology. More about Daniel Wagner

Kytja Weir

Project Manager 

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. She previously wrote for The Charlotte Observer and The Boston Globe. Weir received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and earned a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. More about Kytja Weir

Liz Essley Whyte

American University fellow  

Liz Essley Whyte is the 2014-2015 American University fellow working on the Consider the Source state politics team. She was previously 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. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Virginia Press Association, as well as spurred the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to demand reform at the authority. She graduated summa cum laude from Hillsdale College, where she led her college newspaper to multiple awards, and is currently earning her master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University. More about Liz Essley Whyte

Ben Wieder

CAR Reporter 

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. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, where he worked in the database library of the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Amherst College. More about Ben Wieder

Richard Wilson

IT Manager 

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. Bureau of the Census, one of the world’s largest data organizations; the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation; and Truland Systems, one of the largest electric contractors in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Richard’s leading-edge technical skills in hardware, operating systems, networks, and IT applications are critical for keeping IT systems up-to-date, operational, secure, and trouble-free to support the Center’s staff. More about Richard Wilson

Gordon Witkin

Executive Editor 

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. Starting in January 2003, he served four and a half years as the news magazine’s national affairs editor. Witkin then spent a year as social policy editor at Congressional Quarterly, supervising coverage of health care, legal affairs, education, immigration, housing, and labor. He began his career at The Indianapolis Star, and has been a freelance contributor to Planning magazine and Tennis magazine. At the Center, much of his work has focused on Congress and the appropriations process, health care, state government and juvenile justice. Witkin’s work has been honored by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the American Bar Association, the National Press Club, Sigma Delta Chi, Scripps Howard, Columbia Journalism School and the University of Maryland College of Journalism. More about Gordon Witkin

Chris Young


Chris Young is a reporter for the Center’s Consider the Source project, where he covers Washington, D.C.’s “misinformation industry.” Before joining the Center as an American University Fellow in September 2012, he worked for five years as a reporter for Pittsburgh City Paper, the Steel City’s alternative weekly newspaper. A staffer since he graduated from Duquesne University in 2007, Chris covered education, neighborhoods and politics for the paper. A number of his stories won first-place awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, including an investigative piece that revealed problematic billing practices at the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority and a story that documented the difficulties of diagnosing and treating bipolar disorder in children. Chris earned his master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University in August 2013. More about Chris Young

Lisa Zuba

Director of Leadership Giving 

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. She left to pursue a 15-year career in finance, after which she owned a business coaching practice helping business owners achieve their personal and professional best. In 2012, she received her master’s degree in Philanthropy and Strategic Fundraising from Bay Path College. More about Lisa Zuba

Chris Zubak-Skees

News Developer 

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. Projects he contributed to have won Loeb, Goldsmith and Philip Meyer awards, as well as a bronze at Malofiej. His work at the Center focuses on communicating investigative journalism through data-driven apps and graphics. More about Chris Zubak-Skees

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists staff

Gerard Ryle


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. He uncovered some of the biggest stories in Australian journalism, winning that country’s highest journalism award four times. He is a former deputy editor of The Canberra Times and a former Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. He is the author of a critically acclaimed book, Firepower: the most spectactular fraud in Australian history, based on one of his former investigations and has contributed to two other books on journalism, published in the U.S. and Australia. More about Gerard Ryle

Marina Walker Guevara

Deputy Director  

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. In March 2006 she was awarded the European Commission Lorenzo Natali Prize (Latin America and the Caribbean region) for her reporting about environmental damage caused in Peru by a U.S.-based mining company; that investigation also won her the 2006 Reuters-IUCN Media Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting. She graduated magna cum laude from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina, with a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences, and earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. More about Marina Walker Guevara

Michael Hudson

Senior Editor 

Michael Hudson is a senior editor at ICIJ. His two decades of work on mortgage and banking fraud has prompted media critics to call him the reporter "who beat the world on subprime abuses" and the "guru of all things predatory lending." He previously worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and as an investigator for the Center for Responsible Lending. Hudson has also written for Forbes, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Mother Jones. His work has won many honors, including a George Polk Award for magazine reporting, a John Hancock Award for business journalism and accolades from the National Press Club, the White House Correspondents’ Association, the American Bar Association and the New York State Society of CPAs. He edited the award-winning book Merchants of Misery and appeared in the documentary film Maxed Out. His latest book, THE MONSTER: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America—and Spawned a Global Crisis, was named 2010 Book of the Year by Baltimore City Paper and called "essential reading for anyone concerned with the mortgage crisis" by Library Journal. His recent series of stories for the Center, "The Great Mortgage Cover-Up," has been selected to appear in Columbia University Press's Best Business Writing, 2012. More about Michael Hudson