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
Kristen Lombardi heads Columbia Journalism Investigations, where she has the privilege of helping produce great investigative stories while training the next generation of investigative reporters. Under her editorial leadership, CJI fellows have dug into worker heat deaths, the mental-health toll of climate-fueled disasters and online-dating companies’ response to sexual assaults, and CJI investigations have won accolades from the South Carolina Press Association, the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Peabody Awards.
Before joining the J-School in August 2018, Kristen spent 11 years as an investigative reporter at the nonprofit newsroom the Center for Public Integrity, covering environmental and social justice issues. She has been a journalist for 26 years and has received numerous national and regional awards, including the Robert F. Kennedy Award, the Dart Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service. In 2013, President Barack Obama signed a law addressing problems exposed by her 2009-10 CPI investigation, “Sexual Assault on Campus.” She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and an Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and has a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University. She has taught investigative skills classes at Columbia and serves as a master’s adviser for students in the Stabile investigative reporting program.
Zak Cassel, '20 M.S. Stabile
Zak Cassel is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School’s Stabile investigative program. Since graduating in 2020, he has contributed to The Intercept, Montana Free Press and the New York Times’s coronavirus tracking project, where he focused on nursing home clusters. Zak’s work seeks to examine complex institutional breakdowns, harm and neglect by combining public records, data and human stories.
Olga Loginova, '19 M.A. Science
Olga Loginova is a Belarusian-American journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker. She holds an MA in science, health and environmental reporting from Columbia University, as well as a Master’s in broadcast and cinematic arts from Central Michigan University. Her recent documentaries include “COVID-19 Diaries” for VICE News, and “Bratva MC, Brooklyn, NY” for Eurasianet. Olga Loginova is the IWMF and European Cross-Border Grant awardee. Currently, besides working on the CJI’s Hidden Epidemics 2.0 team, she is finishing a feature documentary about the deforestation of medicinal trees in Brazil.
Alex Lubben, '21 M.A. Science
Alex Lubben is a 2021 graduate of the Science M.A. program at Columbia University. He reports on climate change and environmental policy and previously was a reporter for Vice News. His work has been published by The Nation, NBC News, Jewish Currents, The Awl, and other outlets.
Julia Shipley, '20 M.A. Arts & Culture
Julia Shipley is a 2020 graduate of the Arts and Culture M.A. program at Columbia Journalism School, where she won the prize for the best thesis. She received her bachelor's degree in Environmental Education and her reporting on Vermont's rural Northeast Kingdom has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Seven Days: Vermont's Independent Weekly.
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.