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. »
Brian Edwards, '20 M.S. Stabile
Brian Edwards comes to Columbia Journalism Investigations after working with the team throughout the last year for his master's project about how online dating applications handle complaints of sexual assault. He is a 2020 graduate of the school's Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting. Before coming to New York for grad school, he covered city and county politics at the Montgomery Advertiser in Alabama for two years. He grew up in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota, where he started his journalism career at the Minnesota Daily, his undergrad newspaper.
Jackie Hajdenberg, '20 M.S.
Jackie Hajdenberg is a multimedia journalist and reporter focusing on voter access issues. She is a 2020 graduate of the M.S. program at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and graduated from Barnard College in 2019 with a major in political science. Before joining CJI, she wrote for Alma, Honeysuckle Magazine and NBC. In addition to reporting on democracy and society, she also enjoys reading and writing satire.
Sofia Moutinho, ’20 M.A. Science
Sofia Moutinho is a Brazilian journalist who has been covering science, health and the environment for the last nine years for different Latin American publications. Her professional background is in magazine and website writing, and she enjoys working with different multimedia platforms and using data to tell investigative stories.
Scooty Nickerson, '20 M.S. Stabile
David "Scooty" Nickerson is a 2020 graduate of the Stabile program for investigative journalism at Columbia Journalism School. Nickerson received his bachelor's degree in history at Tufts University and previously worked as a journalist in rural Plumas County, California. Scooty pursues data-driven investigative stories that unearth systemic socioeconomic and racial inequities.
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 Journalism School, Dean worked for the NPR programs Here & Now and On Point in Boston.
Aseem Shukla, '20 M.S. Data
Aseem Shukla is a data journalist and a 2020 graduate of the Data degree program. Before Columbia Journalism School, Shukla was employed as a data scientist at a financial technology company in the Bay Area where he worked on designing (and communicating the workings of) recommendation models. At CJI, Aseem works on the Voter Access project, which hopes will shed light on the challenges to America's voting infrastructure in 2020.
Deadly Bacteria Lurk in Coastal Waters. Climate Change Increases the Risks. - Center for Public Integrity, co-published by Mother Jones
Disasters are Driving a Mental Health Crisis - The Center for Public Integrity
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.