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 federal task force is conducting a “top-to-bottom review” of a program that exempts “model workplaces” from regular safety inspections.

Use of 'unapproved methods' by EPA put workers and public at risk of asbestos exposure, IG says

House Republicans are expected to approve a bill that would allow Congress to block major regulations.

The day after an article highlighted weak enforcement, Iowa's attorney general takes on a source of toxic emissions.

Worries about catastrophes at chemical plants prompts special inspection program, but some sites remain off-limits.

A polluter seemed to comply with the Clean Air Act while exposing citizens to toxics. An inspector tried for years to do something about it.

Living and working in Muscatine, Iowa

Prosecution level at its lowest among environmental cases

Secret government 'watch list' reveals failure to curb dangerous emissions

Agency admits some deaths at "model workplaces" missing from its list

OSHA unaware of some deaths at 'model workplaces'

Highly toxic acid used by refineries sends workers to hospital - again

Persistent hazards at a top U.S. employer underscore regulators’ mixed message — and inconsistent tactics

Company reports no chemical releases, but event underscores risks to nation's aging fuel factories

Event underscores delay by NRC in revising understated seismic risks to nuclear plants

'Model' workplaces avoid special scrutiny targeting hazardous industries

After 29 years, little evidence self-policing workplaces are safer

Deaths and preventable mishaps recur in 'voluntary protection' club

EPA reveals identities of potentially risky chemicals

Persistent black lung, scourge of coal, found in autopsies of Massey miners

As gas prices rise and politicians deliberate, energy execs rake it in

Mining industry urges feds to reward safety with fewer inspections

As climate change gases decline, data reveals natural gas increase

Amid health risks, worries about a threat to jobs and the economy

Energy cash fueled campaigns of Democrats defecting on EPA vote

Truth and fiction, from God’s role to the culpability of cows

Oil, gas and coal money favored Republican campaigns 4-to-1

Year after tragedy, government pleads for prevention

New oil refinery in South Dakota says it will use alternative to toxic acid

The company planning to build the nation’s first new major oil refinery in 35 years will use a safer technology as a substitute for a highly