John Solomon

The 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.

As Fannie, Freddie flounder, six top execs receive handsome rewards

By John Solomon and Julie Vorman

New details of investigation of a hotel maid's charge that she was sexually assaulted by IMF chief

By John Solomon

EPA releases utilities' plans to make coal ash storage safer

By John Solomon

Assistant attorney general's office approved wiretap in controversial gun probe

By John Solomon and David Heath

The relentless pursuit of Osama bin Laden changed over 10 years

By John Solomon

Gun shy: Firearms dealer worried ATF would let weapons slip to bad guy

By John Solomon

Right story, wrong reaction

By John Solomon

Memo suggests FBI had mole inside ABC News in 1990s

By John Solomon and Aaron Mehta

Border agents unwittingly freed suspects near border with weapons from federal sting

George H.W. Bush — Revisited

By John Solomon

Grassley asks for independent investigator to probe ATF

By John Solomon

Mexico demands information on controversial ATF gun investigation

By John Solomon

ATF orders immediate review of gun-running operation

By John Solomon

ATF let hundreds of U.S. weapons fall into hands of suspected Mexican gunrunners

By John Solomon, David Heath and Gordon Witkin

Public housing, private frustration

By Brian Ross, Avni Patel, John Solomon and Laurel Adams

Obama speech: Ambitious goals overshadow spending restraints

By John Solomon

Pearl Project analyzed network behind crime with software developed for intelligence agencies

By John Solomon

Government printer can’t locate laptops with sensitive e-passport information

By John Solomon

EPA reminds Republicans cap-and-trade used to be GOP idea — and it worked for acid rain

By John Solomon

Big polluters freed from environmental oversight by stimulus

By Kristen Lombardi and John Solomon

Treesaver e-reader debuts With ICIJ's Looting the Seas investigation

By John Solomon

Audit says legal aid boss charged taxpayers for club, car

By John Solomon and Laurel Adams

Watchdog interference: Inspectors General say agencies hinder investigations

By John Solomon and Amy Biegelsen

Stimulating hypocrisy: Scores of Recovery Act opponents sought money out of public view

By John Solomon and Aaron Mehta

States slow to spend stimulus energy efficiency money, investigators find

By John Solomon

Congress investigates treatment of Michigan oil spill victims

By Aaron Mehta and John Solomon

Oxygen-starved “dead zones” in U.S. waters growing, report warns

By John Solomon

Green groups see red in recent administration actions

By Laurel Adams and John Solomon

Undercover feds able to easily obtain fraudulent e-passports

By John Solomon

Haphazard firefighting might have sunk BP oil rig

By Aaron Mehta and John Solomon

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