Kristen Lombardi is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the Center for Public Integrity since 2007. She has been a journalist for more than 19 years. Her investigation into campus rape cases for the Center won the Robert F. Kennedy Award and the Dart Award in 2011, as well as the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in 2010, among other recognitions. More recently, Lombardi was a staff writer and investigative reporter at 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 widely credited with helping to expose the clergy sexual-abuse scandal in that city. Her work for the Center has been honored by the Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Press Foundation, the Association of Health Care Journalists, the John B. Oakes Environmental Prize, and the Society of Environmental Journalists. She was one of 24 journalists awarded a Nieman Fellowship in Journalism at Harvard University, in 2011-2012. She also won a fellowship from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma for her coverage of child sexual abuse, and is active in the Dart Society. Lombardi graduated with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley, and has a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University.
Talia Buford is a reporter in the Center’s environment and labor team. She spent three years as an energy reporter for Politico, where she covered natural gas and the Interior Department and authored the daily Afternoon Energy newsletter. Previously, Buford spent five years at The Providence (R.I.) Journal as a legal affairs and municipal reporter. She earned a master’s degree in the study of law from Georgetown University Law Center and studied print journalism at Hampton University. Her work has been recognized by the Rhode Island Press Association, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Foundation.
Ronnie Greene joined the Center in 2011 after serving as The Miami Herald’s investigations and government editor. He was project editor for Breathless and Burdened, an investigative series by Chris Hamby describing how the coal industry beat back miners’ claims for black lung benefits, honored with the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. Greene led Center investigations into contracts and connections at the Department of Energy, was part of the reporting teams for Poisoned Places, Hard Labor and Toxic Clout, and edited Mystery in the Fields, exposing rare kidney deaths among laborers. His Center investigations earned an Emmy Award and the Harvard Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, in partnership with ABC News, and honors from the White House Correspondents’ Association, Columbia University, Sigma Delta Chi, IRE and Gerald Loeb. At The Miami Herald, Greene was lead editor for Neglected To Death, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist investigation exposing abuses in Florida group homes. He was part of four Herald reporting teams awarded the Pulitzer Prize (twice) or named finalists (twice), and spent nine years as an investigative reporter exposing slave-like conditions in Florida’s farm fields, deadly air cargo plane crashes and public corruption. Greene received a Master’s in Nonfiction Writing from the Johns Hopkins University, a journalism degree from VCU, and taught graduate journalism at the University of Miami. He is author of Night Fire: Big Oil, Poison Air, And Margie Richard’s Fight To Save Her Town. Greene left the Center in 2014.