Julie Patel

The Center for Public Integrity

Julie Patel joined the Center for Public Integrity in 2013 where she investigated political power brokers and how money affects federal elections and public policy. She previously worked as an investigative reporter for WAMU-FM 88.5, the National Public Radio affiliate in Washington, D.C., where she won an award for the best television or radio investigation or series from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for her “Deals for Developers” project. The five-day series also won third place in the National Headliner Awards competition and was an Online Journalism Awards finalist in the public service and investigative journalism categories. She spent most of her career at the South Florida Sun Sentinel and San Jose Mercury News. In Florida, her work included a series of stories revealing cozy ties between the state’s largest utility and its regulators. At the Mercury News, she worked on several award-winning projects, including a multimedia story that garnered a 2008 Emmy award. Julie earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and a master's degree from Stanford University. She was born in India and raised in Chicago. She left the Center for Public Integrity in 2014 and continues her career as a freelance journalist.

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