John SolomonThe Center for Public Integrity
Award-winning investigative journalist John Solomon joined the Center for Public Integrity in March 2010, as its first journalist-in-residence. During his quarter-century career in print and broadcast media, Solomon has covered a variety of issues, from the convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer to an in-depth look at teachers who returned to classrooms after child molestation convictions. In 2008 Solomon joined The Washington Times as executive editor. During his tenure, he oversaw more than 50 new products that expanded readership, such as creating a photo syndication service and a broadcast division. Under his leadership, the paper won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2008 and the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2009 National Public Service Award. Before joining the Times, Solomon was a national investigative correspondent at The Washington Post, where he uncovered former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s secret security firm clients, former Sen. John Edwards’ relationship with a controversial hedge fund, and the FBI’s misuse of an anti-terrorism tool that allowed agents to gather phone and computer records of Americans without court approval. While at the Post, he also produced its first joint project with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” exposing faulty decades-long FBI crime lab bullet analyses that were used to convict hundreds of people. The series won the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Award for domestic television in 2008 and the Society of Professional Journalists’ top award for investigative TV reporting. Solomon also spent 20 years as a manager and journalist for The Associated Press, where he oversaw a seven-member investigative team. It exposed Dubai Ports World’s deal to buy several major U.S. ports, which triggered political pressure forcing the company to re-sell the properties to an American firm. The team also uncovered a now-infamous Hurricane Katrina videotape contradicting President George W. Bush’s later claims that top government officials did not expect the storm surge to breach New Orleans’ levees. He left the Center in 2011.