Our Staff

Susan Smith Richardson

Susan Smith Richardson is the chief executive officer for the Center for Public Integrity. She was previously the editorial director of Newsroom Practice Change at Solutions Journalism Network, a New York-based nonprofit that seeks to increase civic engagement and strengthen democracy. Read More

Matt DeRienzo

Matt DeRienzo

Matt DeRienzo is editor-in-chief of the Center for Public Integrity. Previously, he was vice president of news at Hearst’s newspapers in Connecticut, and served as the first full-time executive director of LION, a national nonprofit that supports local independent online news publishers. He has also written a monthly column about the media industry for Editor & Publisher magazine. Read More 

Jim Morris
Executive Editor


Jim Morris is the executive editor of the Center for Public Integrity. A journalist since 1978 and former managing editor for the Center’s environment and workers’ rights team, 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

Mei Fong
Director of Communications and Strategy


Mei Fong joined the Center for Public Integrity in 2019. As a Wall Street Journal China correspondent, she won multiple awards, including a shared Pulitzer for international reporting. Her first book, on China’s one-child policy, was critically acclaimed and winner of a non-fiction award by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. When tightening censorship led to a scrapping of a Chinese edition of her book, Fong released a free digital version in Chinese, paying for it through an innovative crowd-funding initiative. Her efforts led to her being named a Top 50 influencer on U.S.-China relations by Foreign Policy magazine. Read More

Earnest Offley

Earnest Offley
Human Resources Manager


Earnest Offley is human resources manager at the Center for Public Integrity. He has helped create diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces at companies including Boston Public Schools, Cambridge Housing Association and Building Hope, a charter schools facility fund based in Washington, D.C. Read More

Marcia Maziarz
Chief Development Officer

Marcia joined the Center for Public Integrity 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

Zachary Fryer-Biggs

National Security

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

Alexia Fernández Campbell
Senior Reporter
Inequality, Opportunity and Poverty

Alexia Fernández Campbell writes about workers’ rights for the Inequality, Opportunity and Poverty team. Before joining the Center in 2019, Alexia reported on labor issues at Vox, where she used FOIA documents to show how the Trump Organization made minimal efforts to hire American workers before applying for foreign guest workers. Read More

Susan Ferriss
Senior Reporter
Inequality, Opportunity and Poverty

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

Allan Holmes


Allan Holmes is an editor at the Center for Public Integrity. He previously reported on broadband and internet governance. Read More

Kristen Holmes
Grants Accountant


Kristen Holmes joined the Center for Public Integrity in 2019 as the grants accountant on the development team. Holmes brings a wealth of accounting experience from her 14 years at The Washington Post Company, where she oversaw budgets for several Post-targeted products, including, the Washington Post Magazine and El Tiempo Latino, previously the Post’s Spanish language weekly publication. Read More

Jamie Smith Hopkins
Deputy Editor and Senior Reporter


Jamie Smith Hopkins is a deputy editor and senior reporter for the Center for Public Integrity. She joined Public Integrity in 2014. Previously, she spent 15 years as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. Read More

Janeen Jones
Design Editor

Janeen Jones is the design editor for the Center for Public Integrity. Before joining the Center, she worked as a graphic designer at The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and POLITICO. She has also worked at various newspapers as a copy editor, reporter and news editor. Read More

Rui Kaneya
Senior Reporter

Money and Democracy

Rui Kaneya is a senior reporter at the Center for Public Integrity. 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
Senior Reporter

Inequality, Opportunity and Poverty

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 

Carrie Levine
Senior Reporter

Money and Democracy

Carrie Levine joined the Center for Public Integrity in October 2014 as a reporter investigating the influence of money in politics. For four years before joining Public Integrity, 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

Pratheek Rebala
News Developer

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

April Simpson
Senior Reporter
Racial Equity

April Simpson joined the Center for Public Integrity in October 2020 as a senior reporter covering racial equity. She was previously the rural issues reporter at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Read More

Peter Newbatt Smith
Research Editor

Before coming to the Center for Public Integrity, 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

National Security

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

Mc Nelly Torres


Mc Nelly Torres is an independent, award-winning, investigative journalist based in South Florida and a former investigative producer for NBC6 in Miami. In 2010, Torres co-founded the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR.org). Before that her consumer stories at the Sun-Sentinel won state, regional, and national awards. Read More

Liz Essley Whyte

Money and Democracy

Liz Essley Whyte is a reporter for the Center for Public Integrity’s money an democracy 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

Joe Yerardi is a data reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, reporting on a broad range of topics. In this role, he combines traditional reporting techniques with data analysis, visualization and programming to tell investigative stories. Read More

Shane Yost
Director of Individual Giving

Shane Yost joined the Center for Public Integrity in November 2019 as the Director of Individual Giving. In that role, he builds and develops relationships with people who are committed to investigative journalism. He has sixteen years of fundraising experience with a focus on individual giving. Read More

Alex Eichenstein
James R. Soles Fellow

Alex Eichenstein is the 2019 James R. Soles Fellow and is working with the communications team. She graduated from the University of Delaware in June with an Honors degree in English, women and gender studies, and political science. Read More

Taylor Johnston

Taylor Johnston
Data Fellow

Taylor Johnston is a fellow at the Center for Public Integrity and is working with the data team to utilize and build upon her skills in journalism, data analysis and design. She recently graduated with two bachelor’s degrees from Ohio University, where she studied journalism at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and interactive information design in the School of Visual Communication. Read More

Kimberly Cataudella

Kimberly Cataudella
AU Fellow

Kimberly Cataudella is the 2020 American University Fellow working on the data team while completing her master’s in investigative journalism. Previously, she was a data researcher for the Investigative Reporting Workshop. Read More