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.

A backlog of Chemical Safety Board investigations hinders the agency's ability to help prevent future accidents, a new IG report concludes.

Chemical industry groups are pursuing hearings and legal fights challenging a government cancer report — part of a growing rift with HHS.

IMPACT: Companies exempted from some safety inspections under an OSHA program will face automatic removal after work-related deaths.

An exemption carved out two decades ago allows some fertilizer and other chemical facilities to skirt stricter rules and inspections.

A survey of refinery workers found deep concern about the handling of hydrofluoric acid and recommends safer alternatives

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which probes chemical accidents, is under attack for its slow investigative pace.

Senators propose tighter workplace safety rules, targeting breakdowns highlighted in Center for Public Integrity reports.

House Democrats are pushing a bill requiring safety steps to curb combustible dust explosions -- a hazard examined in a 2012 Center report.

Regulators should launch an enforcement blitz of companies using large numbers of contingent workers, a nonprofit group concludes.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis leaves behind a department advocates say increased enforcement but left worker safety rules unfinished.

Following jobsite fatalities, OSHA vows crackdowns -- but sometimes collects nothing, a Center investigation found.

In a recent enforcement blitz, federal inspectors cited more than a dozen mines for problems that could expose workers to the disease.

A conflict in Detroit symbolizes a larger national debate over oil company plans to step up refining of heavier, dirtier crude from Alberta.

Companies exempt from some inspections under a special OSHA program should face tighter scrutiny, a report finds, echoing a Center series.

Research supports proposal to reduce coal miners’ exposure to dust that causes deadly disease, a GAO report found.

One of the nation’s largest impoundments of the often-toxic byproducts of burning coal must stop accepting waste by 2016.

House Republicans have inserted language in a budget bill that would kill a proposed rule to protect coal miners from deadly dust.

Government experts are considering ways to step up coal mine dust enforcement after a CPI-NPR investigation.

Despite decades-old law, cheating, legal loopholes expose miners to deadly dust.

After bureaucratic hurdles, industry pushback and political calculations, there is no fix in sight.

Those living in the shadow of an Iowa corn processing plant allege damage from years of air pollution.

Energy Department didn't involve Treasury Department until loan to now-bankrupt company was largely finalized, report says

Following years of citizen complaints about polluted air, the EPA alleges repeated violations at Iowa corn processing plant.

EPA proposes caps for new power plants in rule that could move nation away from coal.

Federal investigators are back at a Texas oil refinery that had a close call three years ago

Labor's Inspector General will examine a federal 'model workplaces' program highlighted in Center investigation

A proposed EPA list of 'chemicals of concern' has been under review by the White House budget office for 638 days

Regulators have done little to protect the public from BPA, critics say

The EPA hopes releasing new data will help reduce emissions of substances contributing to climate change

As communities battle toxic air, industry shapes EPA and state regulation.