David Heath

Senior Reporter  The Center for Public Integrity

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.

To the chemical industry's chagrin, a National Academy of Sciences review found that formaldehyde causes cancer.

Study by the National Institutes of Health found levels of arsenic similar to what some people consume caused cancer in mice.

A ban on arsenic-containing pesticides was lifted after a lawmaker disrupted a scientific assessment by the EPA.

Millions of Americans unwittingly consume arsenic, a potent carcinogen also linked to IQ deficits in children, in their drinking water.

AMG Services, a Kansas firm started by race-car driver Scott Tucker, may be ordered to repay tens of millions of dollars to borrowers.

A ruling by a federal judge represents a huge blow to a business run by Scott Tucker, who has used his earnings to finance a racing team.

Small Smiles, under federal scrutiny for performing unnecessary dental treatments on children, could be barred from the Medicaid program.

New NIH conflict rules don't do enough, senator says, to weed out conflicts between researchers and industry: A UC Berkeley case study.

A late UC Berkeley dean pushed public health reforms — while also working for industry, revealing the deep reach of corporate science.

Small Smiles should be removed from Medicaid for encouraging dentists to perform unnecessary treatments to boost profits, investigators say.

Center's 'Dollars and Dentists' investigation brings about new Texas law.

An often-cited study finds no cancer cluster in Hinkley, Calif. But it fails to focus on people who drank poisoned water.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced new steps Friday to help reveal potential conflicts of interest in scientific review panels.

Tens of millions of Americans drink tap water tainted with chromium. But industry pushback has made it hard for the EPA to regulate.

The removal of a respected Maine toxicologist from a panel six years ago reveals industry influence on EPA's IRIS program

An EPA panel appointed to study hexavalent chromium included scientists who had consulted for industry in lawsuits.

GOP legislator in Texas says its time to end "outrageous activities" of corporate dental chains.

Court agreement ends practices feds said were deceptive, illegal

Fred Humphries, who helped initiatiate the invetigation of Patraeus, praised for his interrogations of suspected terroists

11 patients file a class action lawsuit against the corporate dental chain Aspen Dental alleging deception and violating laws in 22 states.

Sen. Charles Grassley says the business model of corporate dental chains has led to overtreating patients medicaid patients.

Joint investigation with PBS FRONTLINE finds pressure to meet production goals may have compromised treatment of poor young patients.

How corporate dentistry mines profits from patients short on cash.

Auto racer Scott Tucker accused of deceptive lending practices.

Judge admits he 'misunderstood' evidence of tribal blame in Scott Tucker's online payday lending operation

State AG drops inquiry into two tribes accused of shielding online payday lender Scott Tucker

Sale of payday-loan business to Indian tribe made to avoid state oversight, attorneys general say

Rep. Dicks, University of Washington challenge accuracy of report by the Investigative Fund

Some members of Congress funnel tax dollars for businesses through universities and nonprofits

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