Chris Hamby

The Center for Public Integrity

Chris Hamby’s series Breathless and Burdened, describing how the coal industry beat back miners' claims for black lung health benefits, was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. The series was also honored with the Harvard Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and the White House Correspondents' Association Award, his second such honor. Hamby's reporting on the environment and labor has been recognized with awards from the National Press Foundation, the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Science Writers, among others. He has twice been a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists, as well as a finalist for awards from Harvard University, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Environmental Journalists and the Scripps Howard Foundation. His work includes computer-assisted reporting, and he previously worked at the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting’s database library. He has a master’s degree in journalism with a concentration in investigative reporting from the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Richmond. In 2010, he completed a yearlong examination of a controversial murder case, supported in part by an investigative reporting fellowship. His writing about policy, politics, the criminal justice system and public health has appeared online and in newspapers and magazines. Hamby left the Center in 2014.

Years after black lung claim was wrongly denied, coal miner gets his due

By Chris Hamby

How a coal miner's autopsy proved a top doctor wrong

By Chris Hamby

Bill aims to stop coal companies from denying benefits to miners with black lung

By Chris Hamby

Black lung disease surges to highs not seen since the '70s, research shows

By Chris Hamby

Black lung claims by 1,100 coal miners may have been wrongly denied

By Chris Hamby

Labor Department unveils rule to protect coal miners following Center investigation

By Chris Hamby

U.S. announces sweeping reforms to protect coal miners from black lung disease

By Chris Hamby

GAO report again finds black lung proposal supported by science

By Chris Hamby

Residents of polluted U.S. communities fear planned cuts in EPA enforcement

By Ronnie Greene and Chris Hamby

Labor Department unveils changes to aid miners in black lung benefits cases

By Chris Hamby

Delay of long-awaited refinery accident report signals divisions at Chemical Safety Board

By Chris Hamby

West Virginia chemical spill probe falls to overburdened Chemical Safety Board

By Chris Hamby and Ronnie Greene

Federal appeals court sides with law firm in black lung case, but finds actions 'hardly admirable'

By Chris Hamby

Congressmen call for federal investigation of black lung benefits program, citing Center-ABC reports

By Chris Hamby, Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk

Senators push reform of black lung program that 'failed' sick miners

By Chris Hamby, Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk

Johns Hopkins suspends black lung program after Center-ABC investigation

By Chris Hamby, Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk

As experts recognize new form of black lung, coal industry follows familiar pattern of denial

By Chris Hamby

A century of denial on black lung

By Chris Hamby

Inside a coal company exam

By Chris Hamby

Johns Hopkins medical unit rarely finds black lung, helping coal industry defeat miners' claims

By Chris Hamby, Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk

Consulting fees in black lung cases flow directly to Johns Hopkins

By Chris Hamby

Appeals court to weigh law firm strategy in black lung cases

By Chris Hamby

Behind the story: 'Breathless and Burdened'

By Chris Hamby

Coal industry's go-to law firm withheld evidence of black lung, at expense of sick miners

By Chris Hamby

'Breathless and Burdened' will examine coal industry's efforts to defeat black lung benefits claims

By Chris Hamby

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