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Kristen Lombardi

Staff Writer  The Center for Public Integrity

Kristen Lombardi is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the Center for Public Integrity since 2007. She has been a journalist for more than 17 years. Her investigation into campus rape cases for the Center won the Robert F. Kennedy Award and the Dart Award in 2011, as well as the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in 2010, among other recognitions. More recently, Lombardi was a staff writer and investigative reporter at the Village Voice, where she provided groundbreaking coverage of the 9/11 health crisis. Her investigative reports as a staff writer for the Boston Phoenix were widely credited with helping to expose the clergy sexual-abuse scandal in that city. Her work for the Center has been honored by the Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Press Foundation, the Association of Health Care Journalists, the John B. Oakes Environmental Prize, and the Society of Environmental Journalists. She was one of 24 journalists awarded a Nieman Fellowship in Journalism at Harvard University, in 2011-2012. She also won a fellowship from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma for her coverage of child sexual abuse, and is active in the Dart Society. Lombardi graduated with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley, and has a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University.

Facing a legal challenge from Earthjustice and others, the EPA agrees to set a plan by year's end to regulate coal ash.

President creates task force to help protect students from sexual violence

Environmental Protection Agency faces new pressure to regulate disposal of the toxic waste for the first time after a judge's decision.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants.

President Obama's climate plan, vital to his green agenda, is drawing close scrutiny — and sharp critiques — from powerful coal forces.

In Pennsylvania, state regulators say 'longwall mining' has permanently damaged several streams -- a finding with potentially deeper impact.

Over the years, the Clean Air Act has carved out loopholes involving 'upset' emissions from industry — leaving residents at risk.

Residents living along the chemical corridor of Texas and Louisiana often encounter 'upset' emissions -- triggering pollution, health fears.

Measure takes on issues raised by Center probe

Across the country, residents are challenging the health impact of coal ash ponds -- bringing lawsuits as EPA delays new rules.

Notre Dame case illustrates continuing struggles

Two weeks before the Deepwater Horizon explosion, BP was involved in another major pollution case in Texas.

Sexual Assault on Campus Shrouded in Secrecy

Troubling Discrepancies in Clery Act Numbers

A digital exploration of the environmental and human disaster caused by longwall coal mining.

Longwall mining is draining the water from the springs and streams of northern Appalachia

In northern Appalachia, longwall mines burrow beneath people’s land, water wells and houses.

Citizens concerned about toxic emissions near Buffalo tested the air themselves - forcing complacent regulators to act.

Defense secretary Leon Panetta says DOD leadership will come up with plans to fix substandard schools

There have been a flurry of requests from Capitol Hill to repair schools on military bases in the wake of an iWatch News probe

IMPACT: Bipartisan Senate group writes Panetta about military school conditions

The House has defeated an effort to cut funds aimed at repairing decaying schools on military bases

What's your experience with Defense Department schools?

The other casualty of war: Absences, aging schools hard on military children

While parents sacrifice, children endure deterioration and disrepair

A chilling case of sexual assault at Texas A&M

Students found “responsible” for sexual assault face modest penalties, while victims are traumatized

Obama administration hopes new policies will address problems raised by Center series.

The White House is taking on dirty sources of energy like coal. But the presidential convention could be financed from an unlikely source —

The massive coal ash spill in eastern Tennessee in late December is rekindling an old but contentious debate over just how to regulate coal

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