Sarah Kleiner

Federal Politics Reporter  The Center for Public Integrity

Sarah Kleiner joined the Center for Public Integrity’s federal politics team in 2017. During her 13-year journalism career, Kleiner has reported on a range of topics: state politics, city government, education, mental health, criminal justice, real estate and financial services. Her work has won numerous awards — most recently, the 2016 Virginia Press Association Journalistic Integrity and Community Service award for her investigation into the death of a mentally ill jail inmate. In 2015, as a reporter for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia, Kleiner’s series about the lasting effects of toxic Chinese drywall received top awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors and Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and she was a runner-up in the 2015 Best American Newspaper Narrative Contest. Kleiner also wrote last decade for two Texas newspapers: the Abilene Reporter-News and the Midland Reporter-Telegram. In May 2011, Sarah was inducted into the E.W. Scripps Hall of Fame for her reporting in Abilene. A native Texan, Kleiner graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 with a degree in journalism. She has two lovely children.