Our Staff

Paul Cheung

Paul Cheung
Chief Executive Officer

Paul Cheung leads The Center for Public Integrity as CEO to reverse the effects of inequalities with investigative journalism. Previously, he managed a multimillion dollars investment portfolio at the Knight Foundation to scale the use of artificial intelligence, improve business sustainability solutions, and combat misinformation. Read more

Kate Myers
Chief Operating Officer

Kate Myers is a creative and experienced leader and coach in the online journalism industry. She is passionate and committed to building the next generation of successful news organizations. Read More

Matt DeRienzo

Matt DeRienzo

Matt DeRienzo is editor-in-chief of the Center for Public Integrity. Previously, he was vice president of news at Hearst’s newspapers in Connecticut, and served as the first full-time executive director of LION, a national nonprofit that supports local independent online news publishers. He has also written a monthly column about the media industry for Editor & Publisher magazine. Read More 

Alexia Fernández Campbell
Senior Reporter
Inequality, Opportunity and Poverty

Alexia Fernández Campbell writes about workers’ rights. Before joining the Center in 2019, Alexia reported on labor issues at Vox, where she used FOIA documents to show how the Trump Organization made minimal efforts to hire American workers before applying for foreign guest workers. Read More

Ashley Clarke

Ashley Clarke
Engagement Editor

Ashley is Audience engagement editor for the Center for Public Integrity. She believes that journalism is a powerful tool to connect people from all walks of life. Previously, Ashley worked at NBC4 in Washington as a production assistant and weekend assignment editor. Read More

Elaina Di Monaco

Elaina Di Monaco
Philanthropy Specialist


Elaina Di Monaco (they/them) is a development professional based in Philadelphia. Hailing from Tampa, Elaina brings a background in theatre directing and producing, with an emphasis on developing new work. They are passionate about ethical and impactful storytelling, intentional wealth redistribution, and journalism that serves the people. Read More

Amy DiPierro
Data reporter


Amy DiPierro is a data journalist at the Center for Public Integrity. She previously reported for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif. and BusinessDen in Denver, Colo. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Stanford University, where she was a Knight-Hennessy Scholar and a fellow at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation. Read More

Susan Ferriss
Senior Reporter
Inequality, Opportunity and Poverty

Susan Ferriss is a prize-winning former foreign correspondent who has been investigating treatment of children by the U.S. justice and immigration system, law enforcement and the school-discipline process. Read More

Melissa Hellmann


Melissa Hellmann is an award-winning reporter who covers racial, gender and economic inequality. Prior to joining the Center for Public Integrity in August 2021, she covered marginalized communities for The Seattle Times. She previously worked at Seattle Weekly, the Associated Press, YES! Magazine, TIME Asia, and SF Weekly. Read More

Kristen Holmes
Senior Finance and Operations Manager


Kristen Holmes joined the Center for Public Integrity in 2019 as the grants accountant on the development team. Holmes brings a wealth of accounting experience from her 14 years at The Washington Post Company, where she oversaw budgets for several Post-targeted products, including, the Washington Post Magazine and El Tiempo Latino, previously the Post’s Spanish language weekly publication. Read More

Jamie Smith Hopkins


Jamie Smith Hopkins is an editor and senior reporter for the Center for Public Integrity. She joined Public Integrity in 2014. Previously, she spent 15 years as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. Read More

Janeen Jones
Design Editor

Janeen Jones is the design editor for the Center for Public Integrity. Before joining the Center, she worked as a graphic designer at The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and POLITICO. She has also worked at various newspapers as a copy editor, reporter and news editor. Read More

Jennifer LaFleur
Senior Editor

Jennifer LaFleur joined CPI from the Investigative Reporting Workshop where she was data editor. She also teaches data journalism at American University. LaFleur previously was a senior editor for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where she managed an award-winning team of data journalists, investigative reporters and fellows.  Read More

Carrie Levine
Senior Reporter

Money and Democracy

Carrie Levine joined the Center for Public Integrity in October 2014 as a reporter investigating the influence of money in politics. For four years before joining Public Integrity, she worked as research director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, where she managed a five-person staff that exposed the activities of politically active “dark money” nonprofits and uncovered instances of congressional self-dealing. Read More

Lisa Yanick Litwiller
Director of Audience


Lisa Yanick Litwiller is the director of audience for the Center for Public Integrity, previously serving in the same capacity for Hearst Community Newspapers. As Hearst Connecticut’s investigative systems editor in 2019, Lisa led a team of reporters in a six-month investigation of sexual abuse spanning decades connected to Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. Read More

Corey Mitchell
Senior Reporter


Corey Mitchell writes about racial, gender and economic inequality in education. Before joining the Center for Public Integrity in 2021, Corey was an associate editor at Education Week. Read More

Pratheek Rebala
News Developer

News developer Pratheek Rebala spent three-and-a-half years as an interactive graphics intern in the D.C. bureau of Time magazine while simultaneously completing a degree in international affairs at George Washington University. Read More

April Simpson
Senior Reporter
Racial Equity

April Simpson joined the Center for Public Integrity in October 2020 as a senior reporter covering racial equity. She was previously the rural issues reporter at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Read More

Peter Newbatt Smith
Research Editor

Before coming to the Center for Public Integrity, Peter Smith was employed as a law clerk at the firm of Gaffney & Schember, P.C., in Washington, D.C. He received his bachelor’s degree in medieval European history from Harvard University and his law degree from American University. Read More

Mc Nelly Torres


Mc Nelly Torres is an award-winning, investigative journalist based in South Florida and a former investigative producer for NBC6 in Miami. In 2010, Torres co-founded the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR.org). Before that her consumer stories at the Sun-Sentinel won state, regional, and national awards. Read More

Liz Essley Whyte
Senior Reporter

Money and Democracy

Liz Essley Whyte is a reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, where her investigative work has won awards from the National Press Club, Editor & Publisher, the Association of Health Care Journalists and more. Read More

Joe Yerardi
Data Reporter

Joe Yerardi is a data reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, reporting on a broad range of topics. In this role, he combines traditional reporting techniques with data analysis, visualization and programming to tell investigative stories. Read More

Shane Yost
Director of Individual Giving

Shane Yost joined the Center for Public Integrity in November 2019 as the Director of Individual Giving. In that role, he builds and develops relationships with people who are committed to investigative journalism. He has sixteen years of fundraising experience with a focus on individual giving. Read More

Sophie Austin
American University fellow


Before joining Public Integrity, Sophie Austin wrapped up a local news internship with The Dallas Morning News. She previously interned at PolitiFact, a fact-checking organization. Read More