Five Journos Head To Center for Public Integrity

From the release:

    The Center for Public Integrity has added two new editors and three new senior journalists to its editorial team, which will expand the Center’s scope of investigative journalism and incorporate more use of multimedia resources. The new hires possess a collective diversity of investigative journalism experience with expertise on national security, environmental, criminal justice, and energy issues. …

    The Center’s new managing editor, Gordon Witkin, joins the Center after a 26-year career at U.S. News & World Report. Witkin worked in bureaus in Detroit and Denver, and served as the magazine’s criminal justice writer before spending six years as an assistant managing editor. He most recently was the social policy editor at Congressional Quarterly. Witkin oversees and coordinates the Center’s day-to-day editorial activities.

    The Center’s new data editor, David Donald, is one of the country’s foremost computer-assisted reporting experts. Donald, who previously served as the training director at Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting, leads the Center’s data operations. Some of the best-known Center projects were derived by data-driven investigations.

    Michael Zuckerman, the Center’s new project director for the Land Use Accountability Project, has a 30-year journalism career that spans radio and newspaper reporting on national security and criminal justice issues. As one of the original founders of USA Today, Zuckerman was a rewrite desk chief, projects editor, Washington and foreign editor, and a senior correspondent working on investigative stories. He is a frequent lecturer at the National Defense University and the Defense Intelligence Agency, and serves as an adjunct professor of journalism at the George Washington University.

    The Center hired two new staff writers: Marianne Lavelle, previously a senior writer at U.S. News and World Report; and Kristen Lombardi, a staff writer and investigative reporter at The Village Voice, where she did groundbreaking work on the 9/11 toxic aftermath. Lavelle will be focusing on energy, environment, and climate change issues. Before joining U.S. News, she created The National Law Journal’s beat on federal regulation, covering the savings and loan collapse, and spearheading a groundbreaking investigative report on environmental justice, “Unequal Protection,” which won the George Polk Award and Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. …

    David E. Kaplan, who joined the Center in April, has been named the Center’s overall editorial director. Kaplan also remains director of the Center’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).