Our Staff

Jim Morris
Acting CEO

Managing Editor, Environment and Workers Rights
@JimGMorris
jmorris@publicintegrity.org

Jim Morris is managing editor for environment and workers’ rights at the Center for Public Integrity. A journalist since 1978, Morris has won more than 80 awards for his work, including the George Polk award, the Sidney Hillman award, three National Association of Science Writers awards, two Edward R. Murrow awards and five Texas Headliners awards. Read More

Gordon Witkin
Executive Editor

@gwitkin
gwitkin@publicintegrity.org

Gordon Witkin joined the Center in September 2008 following a long career at U.S. News & World Report and a shorter stint at Congressional Quarterly. At U.S. News, Witkin served as a regional correspondent in Detroit and as bureau chief in Denver, before coming to Washington in 1987. Read More

Nesima Aberra 
Audience Engagement Editor

@NesimaAberra
naberra@publicintegrity.org

Nesima Aberra is the Audience Engagement Editor at the Center for Public Integrity, where she works on editorial strategy, social media content, and membership cultivation. She joined the Center in September 2017 after completing her graduate degree in International Media at American University. Read More

Ashley Balcerzak
Federal Politics Reporter
@abalcerzak
abalcerzak@publicintegrity.org

Ashley Balcerzak joined the federal politics team in 2017, her second stint at the Center for Public Integrity after covering state and local politics as an American University Fellow in 2015-2016. Read More

Lateshia Beachum
Federal Politics Reporter
@lateshiabeachum
lbeachum@publicintegrity.org

Lateshia Beachum is a reporter on the federal politics team. She joined the Center for Public Integrity in 2016 as a Kellogg Investigative Reporting Fellow for the Center’s Economic Injustice and No Way Up projects. Read More

Jared Bennett
Business Reporter
@jaredtbennett
jbennett@publicintegrity.org

Jared Bennett is the Center’s business reporter. Previously at the Center he worked as digital editor and reporter. Read More

Dorothy Betts
Executive Assistant

dbetts@publicintegrity.org

With 35 years of administrative experience, calm demeanor and excellent judgment, Betts is an integral part of the Center’s operations. Her previous role at the Management Assistance Group included overseeing MAG’s day-to-day financial operations, managing payroll and accounts payable, maintaining consulting files and liaising with clients. Read More

Madeline Buiano
Soles Fellow

@MadelineBuiano
mbuiano@publicintegrity.org

Madeline Buiano is the 2018 James R. Soles Fellow, working with the immigration team. She recently graduated from the University of Delaware earning a B.A. in English with a concentration in journalism. Read More

Susan Ferriss
Immigration Project Manager

@susanferriss
sferriss@publicintegrity.org

Susan Ferriss is a prize-winning former foreign correspondent who has been investigating treatment of children by the U.S. justice and immigration system, law enforcement and the school-discipline process. Read More

Zachary Fryer-Biggs
National Security Reporter

@zachFB
zbiggs@publicintegrity.org

Zach joined the Center for Public Integrity in 2018 as a national security reporter. Since 2011, Zach has covered national security and intelligence, reporting from the Pentagon and internationally most recently for Newsweek where he wrote for both the publication’s print magazine and website. Read More

Kristian Hernández
State Politics Reporter

@kristianreports
khernandez@publicintegrity.org

Kristian Hernández joined the Center in 2017 as the American University Fellow working with the Consider the Source state politics team. Before joining the Center, he worked for The Monitor newspaper in McAllen, Texas, where he covered crime and immigration. Read More

Allan Holmes
Business in Politics Project Manager

@ATHolmes
aholmes@publicintegrity.org

Allan Holmes heads up business and finance reporting at the Center and is currently working on a project about the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. He previously reported on broadband and internet governance. Read More

Jamie Smith Hopkins
Environment Deputy Editor and Senior Reporter

@jsmithhopkins
jhopkins@publicintegrity.org

Jamie Smith Hopkins is a reporter and deputy editor on the Center for Public Integrity’s environment and labor team. Her work includes “America’s Super Polluters” — which revealed that facilities pumping out the largest amounts of toxic air pollution are frequently also the biggest emitters of climate-warming greenhouse gases — and an investigation of government inaction that has allowed a decades-long string of deaths from widely available paint removers to continue unabated. Read More

Maryam Jameel
Workers Rights Reporter

@mrym_jml
mjameel@publicintegrity.org

Maryam Jameel is a reporter on the environment and labor team. She joined the Center for Public Integrity in 2014 as a Kellogg Investigative Reporting Fellow after working with KQED’s public affairs program Forum in San Francisco and Al Jazeera’s documentary series Fault Lines. Read More

Sameea Kamal
Digital Editor

@sameeakamal
skamal@publicintegrity.org

Sameea Kamal is the digital editor at the Center for Public Integrity. She joined the Center in November 2017. She previously worked on the digital team at the Los Angeles Times, serving as the politics bureau liaison.  Read More

Rui Kaneya
State Politics Reporter

@ruikaneya
rkaneya@publicintegrity.org

Rui Kaneya is a reporter on the Center for Public Integrity’s state politics team. Before joining the Center in 2018, he was an investigative reporter for Honolulu Civil Beat, covering criminal justice, immigration and other social justice issues. Read More

Sarah Kleiner
Federal Politics Reporter

@sarahkleiner9 
skleiner@publicintegrity.org

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. Read More 

Rachel Leven
Environment Reporter

@rachelpleven
rleven@publicintegrity.org

Rachel Leven joined the Center for Public Integrity in 2017 to report for its environment and labor team. Before that, she worked for Bloomberg BNA’s environment desk covering issues from pipeline safety to environmental justice. Read More

Carrie Levine
Senior Political Reporter
@levinecarrie
clevine@publicintegrity.org

Carrie Levine joined the Center for Public Integrity in October 2014 as a federal politics reporter investigating the influence of money in politics. For four years before joining the Center, she worked as research director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, where she managed a five-person staff that exposed the activities of politically active “dark money” nonprofits and uncovered instances of congressional self-dealing. Read More

Dave Levinthal
Federal Politics Editor and Senior Reporter
@davelevinthal
dlevinthal@publicintegrity.org

Dave Levinthal joined the Center for Public Integrity in 2013 and leads its federal politics reporting team. Under Dave’s direction, the Center’spolitical coverage has earned numerous honors, including two 2018 Edward R. Murrow Awards, a 2018 Editor & Publisher EPPY Award and two 2017 National Headliner AwardsRead More

Patrick Malone
National Security Reporter
@pmalonedc
pmalone@publicintegrity.org

Patrick Malone joined the Center for Public Integrity in May 2015 to cover national security. He spent 20 years reporting on justice, politics and deep investigations for newspapers in Colorado and New Mexico, most recently at The Santa Fe New Mexican. Read More 

Marcia Maziarz
Director of Foundations
mmaziarz@publicintegrity.org

Marcia joined the Center in May 2016 as Director of Foundations and oversees its foundation portfolio, including prospect research and management, proposal writing, and grant reporting.  An editor and writer, she has more than 20 years of development and fundraising experience. Read More

Mark Olalde
American University Fellow

@markolalde
molalde@publicintegrity.org

Mark Olalde is the 2018 American University Fellow and is working with the state politics team. He spent the past several years as a freelance journalist, most recently reporting on the underfunding of coal mine cleanup across the U.S. on a McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism. Read More

Trina Ramsey
Chief Development Officer
@TrinaForJustice
tramsey@publicintegrity.org

Trina Ramsey became the Center’s Chief Development Officer in April 2018. Trina joined the team in May 2016 as Director of Annual Giving where she led the Center’s strategy for attracting, retaining and upgrading individual and major donors. Read More

Pratheek Rebala
News Developer
@pratheekrebala
prebala@publicintegrity.org

News developer Pratheek Rebala spent three and a half years as an interactive graphics intern in the D.C. bureau of Time magazine while simultaneously completing a degree in international affairs at George Washington University. Read More

Peter Newbatt Smith
Research Editor
psmith@publicintegrity.org

Before coming to the Center, Peter Smith was employed as a law clerk at the firm of Gaffney & Schember, P.C., in Washington, D.C. He received his bachelor’s degree in medieval European history from Harvard University and his law degree from American University. Read More

R. Jeffrey Smith
Managing Editor, National Security

@rjsmithcpi
jsmith@publicintegrity.org

Smith worked for 25 years in a series of key reporting and editorial roles at The Washington Post, including national investigative editor, national security correspondent, national investigative correspondent, and a foreign staff bureau chief based in Rome. In 2006, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, along with two colleagues at the Post, for articles on House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Read More

Abeo Venzor
Senior Manager, Membership/Development Operations

@AbeoEncouraged
avenzor@publicintegrity.org

Abeo joined the Center in September 2015 as the Development Database Administrator, and was soon promoted to the position of Senior Manager, Membership/Development Operations. Read More

Kytja Weir
State Politics Editor

@kytja 
kweir@publicintegrity.org

Kytja Weir joined the Center for Public Integrity in 2013 and leads its state politics team, which seeks to uncover who is trying to influence state governments around the nation. Stories produced under her direction have won multiple honors including from the National Press Club, Editor & Publisher, the Online News Association, Gerald Loeb Awards, Scripps Howard and the Association of Health Care Journalists Award. Read More

Liz Essley Whyte
State Politics Reporter
@l_e_whyte 
lwhyte@publicintegrity.org

Liz Essley Whyte is a reporter for the Consider the Source state politics team, where her investigative work has won awards from the National Press Club, Editor & Publisher, the Association of Health Care Journalists and more. Read More

Joe Yerardi
Data Reporter
@JoeYerardi
jyerardi@publicinterity.org

Joe Yerardi is a data reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, focusing primarily on state politics and policy. In this role, he combines traditional reporting techniques with data analysis, visualization and programming to tell investigative stories. Read More

Jie Jenny Zou
Environment Reporter

@jiejennyzou
jzou@publicintegrity.org

Jie Jenny Zou has been an investigative reporter with the Center’s award-winning environment and workers’ rights team since 2015. Her work includes deep dives on the influence of the fossil-fuel industry, as well as scientific integrity and conflicts of interest. Read More

Chris Zubak-Skees
Data Editor
@zubakskees
czubakskees@publicintegrity.org

Data editor Chris Zubak-Skees is a computational journalist who works at the intersection of media, technology and design. Projects he contributed to have won Loeb, Goldsmith and Philip Meyer awards, as well as a bronze at Malofiej. Read More