Nicholas Kusnetz

Project Manager and Reporter  The Center for Public Integrity

Nicholas Kusnetz writes about accountability and corruption in state government and runs the Center's State Integrity Investigation, which was a 2013 finalist for Harvard's Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. His stories have examined state lawmakers who moonlight as lobbyists, the influence of oil companies in North Dakota and the nationwide debate over arming school staff. Several pieces detailed how corporate interests have sought to influence national policy through the states, including a shadowy push by insurance agents and brokers to pass state laws that restricted federal health care reform. Before joining the Center, Kusnetz was a Reporting Fellow at ProPublica, where he covered fracking. He's written about energy, the environment and politics for Bloomberg Businessweek, The Nation, High Country News and other publications. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

Charges against Silver highlight problems cited in Center probe.

Lobbying firm, advocacy organization did much of the work.

Governor cites Center’s State Integrity Investigation in announcing new initiative.

A Q & A with reporter Nicholas Kusnetz about the oil and gas industries growing influence in North Dakota.

Industry has transformed the state, but at what cost?

Critics fear Internet betting will lead to more problem gamblers.

Congress, states and a rich mix of characters argue over regulation.

Where online gambling is legal.

Proposed Health and Human Services Department rules may ignite more Obamacare litigation.

Legislators pass modest changes, but critics abound.

Governor uses budget address to call for more transparency.

McAuliffe executive order limits gifts.

A year after Newtown, communities searching for answers.

How Reporter Nicholas Kusnetz attempted to track down supporters of a secretive nonprofit.

Unelected business authorities operate on state funds, but disclose little.

Groups getting grants to help with Obamacare rollout facing political pressure.

Insurance agents talk state legislators into regulating Obamacare's consumer helpers.

New York scandals reveal corrupt ties between lawmakers, nonprofit groups

Time runs out on South Carolina legislative session

Good-government groups lament what's left out

Updated: Transparency laws at issue as governor deals with indictment stemming from gifts scandal.

Gov. Deal signs measure setting limits on lobbyists

Florida Gov. Scott signs bills reforming ethics and campaign finance

Alleged bribery scheme reinforces low marks from State Integrity Investigation

Sixteen states take Center's State Integrity Investigation to heart, initiate government reform

Legislation may overlap with business interests but part-time lawmakers vote anyway.

Watchdog calls ethics package a 'mixed bag.'

Calls for change followed F from State Integrity Investigation

Emails indicate Florida GOP worked with legislators in defiance of redistricting amendment