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.
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.
Hillary Flynn, '19 M.S. Stabile
Hillary Flynn was previously a corporate bond reporter at Thomson Reuters, and a tax reporter for Politico before working as a Stabile Fellow for Columbia Journalism School. She covered and broke critical stories about former House GOP Speaker Dennis Hastert paying off male students he molested when he was a high school wrestling coach and the investigation into former IRS director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner failing to give tax exempt status to certain political groups.
Bridget Hickey, '18 M.S.
Bridget Hickey is a 2018 graduate of the M.S. program. Prior to attending Columbia, she worked as a radio producer with the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC).
Ali Raj, '18 M.A. Arts & Culture
Ali Raj is a journalist reporting on the intersection of arts and culture and politics. He has more than seven years of experience in television and print journalism in Pakistan.
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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.