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Jim Morris

Senior Reporter  The Center for Public Integrity

Jim Morris is a senior reporter and editor at the Center for Public Integrity and co-leader of the environment and labor team. A journalist since 1978, Morris has won more than 60 awards for his work, including the George Polk award, the Sidney Hillman award, several Sigma Delta Chi awards, and five Texas Headliners awards. He directed a global investigation of the asbestos industry that won the John B. Oakes award for environmental reporting from Columbia University in 2011 and an IRE Medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He also led projects on worker hazards at oil refineries and lingering air toxics problems in U.S. communities that won honors from the National Press Foundation, the National Association of Science Writers, Harvard University and Hunter College, among other organizations. In April 2013, Morris and two colleagues received the Edgar A. Poe award for national reporting from the White House Correspondents’ Association for “Hard Labor, a series on health and safety threats to American workers. Morris has worked for a number of newspapers in Texas and California as well as publications such as U.S. News & World Report and Congressional Quarterly in Washington.

State-funded study projects dramatic increase in emissions from oil and gas development by 2018.

A new study finds that common air monitoring methods are all but useless in capturing intense, short-term emissions from gas development.

Air pollution rules adopted last month in Colorado may have an impact on oil and gas drilling in Texas.

The White House is requesting an additional $2 million from Congress for its overworked, understaffed Office of Administrative Law Judges.

As a drilling boom continues in Texas and beyond, a new study spotlights a missing ingredient: A full assessment of public health impact.

Texas regulators didn't make it easy to determine the environmental impacts of drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale.

In partnership with InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel, Center examines oil industry exploitation of Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale.

The number of judges overseeing a federal worker compensation program has fallen, even as worker caseloads rise.

A federal worker compensation program once viewed as a model now suffers rising caseloads — but fewer judges, triggering frustration.

A decades-long spate of bladder cancer at a Goodyear plant in Niagara Falls, N.Y. spotlights limits of regulation over dangerous chemicals.

Facing 60,000 asbestos claims over a product it once sold, Georgia-Pacific responded with a legal pushback — and secretive science.

A study released today examines greenhouse-effect-causing methane emissions from natural gas drilling sites.

Citing concerns over the deadly lung disease silicosis and lung cancer, OSHA on Friday proposed a rule to control worker exposure to silica.

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

The EPA wants to release a list of 'chemicals of concern' for public comment, but the list remains locked up with the White House OMB.

Amid reports of high injury rates for temporary workers, OSHA announces new measures aimed at training and safety.

Worker deaths rose slightly in 2011, though the jobsite fatality rate fell, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

The Fertilizer Institute has fought legislation that would require chemical facilities to consider using safer substances and processes

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

More than 50 countries have banned asbestos, a toxic mineral linked to cancer and other diseases. The United States isn't one of them.

Most farms are exempt from federal workplace safety rules. Given ongoing grain entrapment problems, some say they shouldn't be.

The 2010 deaths of a 14-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man in an Illinois grain bin highlight unsafe practices, spotty enforcement.

A new federal report urges enhanced research into potential environmental triggers of breast cancer.

The EPA’s inspector general has begun a review of the agency's use of internal watch lists of alleged chronic polluters nationwide.

A federal judge ruled Thursday that Walmart can be added to a lawsuit alleging widespread wage theft at a Southern California warehouse.

A chemical discharge in a Chicago-area factory kills a worker — and exposes the dangers faced by temp workers across the U.S.

Warehouse laborers, citing oppressive conditions and unpaid wages, contend Walmart is among those responsible.

A study linking higher rates of breast cancer for women in the auto plastics industry triggers anger among workers.

Researchers cite breast cancer risks in Canadian plastic auto parts factories — with potential implications in the U.S. and beyond.

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

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