A team of leading investigative reporters, Columbia University faculty, postgraduate fellows, graduate students and others who produce deep investigations into urgent matters of public interest, without respect to specific beats. CJI tackles domestic investigations, while international investigations are conducted by its global branch, the Cross-Borders Data Project.
Funding is provided by the Investigative Reporting Resource and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
Additional reporting work on immigration is conducted through the Global Migration Project.
Director Kristen Lombardi
Director Kristen Lombardi heads Columbia Journalism Investigations and Columbia Journalism School’s postgraduate reporting program. Prior to joining the J-School full-time, she was an investigative reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, where her 2015 investigation in to the Environmental Protection Agency’s lackluster civil-rights record for CPI won the top investigative prize from the Society for Professional Journalists and a special citation by Columbia University’s Paul Tobenkin Award, among other recognition. Before joining CPI in 2007, she was an investigative reporter for the Village Voice, where she provided groundbreaking coverage of the 9/11 health crisis. Her investigative reports as a staff writer for the Boston Phoenix were credited with helping expose the clergy sex-abuse scandal in that city. Read Kristen Lombardi's full faculty profile »
Keith Cousins, '18 M.A. Politics
Keith Cousins, '18 M.A., is originally from Orange County, California. Prior to attending Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Keith worked at newspapers in Superior, Montana and Coeur d'Alene Idaho. Keith is passionate about investigating issues within the criminal justice system.
Catharina Felke, '18 Lede Program
Catharina Felke is an investigative reporter working with data, and graduated from the Lede Program for data journalism at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Before moving to New York, she worked as an investigative reporter at the data unit of the German public network broadcasting, and at the investigative desk of Sueddeutsche Zeitung. She is a strong advocate for freedom of information being originally from Vienna, Austria – one of the few remaining countries with no Freedom of Information Act.
Elisabeth Gawthrop, '18 M.S. Stabile
Elisabeth Gawthrop is a 2018 graduate of the Stabile program. Originally from Indiana, she has over a decade of experience in researching and communicating environmental science. Elisabeth enjoys finding ways to incorporate data into reporting and telling investigative stories.
Veronica Penney, '19 M.S. Data
Veronica Penney is an investigative journalist and graduate of Columbia’s M.S. Data Journalism program. Before joining CJI, she spent a summer reporting for the investigations desk at the Miami Herald, where she also built data visualizations for the newsroom. In addition, she covered food, business and cycling news for local publications in her home state of Colorado.
Elizabeth Naismith Picciani, '19 M.S. Stabile
Elizabeth Naismith Picciani is a 2019 graduate of Columbia Journalism’s M.S. degree at the Toni Stabile Center of Investigative Reporting, where she simultaneously worked as a research assistant on an investigation scheduled for publication with ProPublica. Prior to attending Columbia, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 with degrees in English, journalism and psychology and was co-editor-in-chief of a feminist literary magazine.
Dean Russell, '19 M.A. Science
Dean Russell, ’19 M.A Science., is a science writer and radio producer focusing on climate change and environmental policy. Before attending Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Dean worked for the NPR programs Here & Now and On Point in Boston.
Applying to the Fellowship
The Columbia Journalism Investigations postgraduate fellowship is an exclusive opportunity open only to recent M.A. and M.S. graduates of the Columbia Journalism School. Those interested in applying should contact Career Services for application instructions and deadlines.