Director, Postgraduate Fellowship Program
Kristen Lombardi is the director of the Columbia Journalism School's postgraduate reporting program, where she helps produce great investigative stories while training the next generation of great investigative reporters. She comes to the J-School after a decade as an investigative reporter at the nonprofit newsroom, the Center for Public Integrity, covering environmental and social justice issues. She's been a journalist for 23 years. Her 2015 investigation into 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. Her work for CPI has received 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, in 2011-12, and an Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, in 2003. She graduated with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley and has a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University. For the past seven years, she's served as an adjunct master’s adviser for students in the J-school’s investigative-reporting program; she's taught an investigative skills class since 2017.