Alison Fitzgerald

Senior reporter  The Center for Public Integrity

Alison Fitzgerald is a finance and investigative reporter who 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.

Despite playing a central role in the economic collapse, firms that gave inflated ratings to toxic bonds remain untouched by reforms.

Sixty-three documents that tell the story of a year-long influence campaign.

Industry campaign cash flows to pro-bank activists in Congress, yielding big returns.

Big banks say new regulation is unnecessary thanks to Dodd Frank reforms.

Janet Yellen comments on the role of the Fed, devastating unemployment and Congress in selected quotes from 2013.

Obama's campaign — and 38 others — have not returned political money from Ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford

Will investment firms that deal in U.S. Treasury securities regret their support of GOP congressmen who are flirting with default?

Lawyer recovering funds for victims in Stanford Ponzi scheme spends $124 million to recover $235 million.

Wall Street CEOs at a glance

Five years after the financial crisis, the bank CEOs at the center of the crisis still live large.

Former regulators profit from their experience with jobs, book deals and speaking fees.

CEOs of banks that fueled the subprime crisis that led to the economic meltdown largely avoid consequences.

Executives from the mortgage finance division that helped sink Bear Stearns have similar jobs at major Wall Street banks.

Janet Yellen, President Obama’s intended nominee for Federal reserve chief, may prove to be tougher on banks.

Bank leaders, PACs made prospective housing agency leader a top recipient of campaign cash.