Nice to meet you.

I'm an investigative journalist at the Center for Public Integrity covering federal money and politics.  It's my second stint here; I previously focused on state politics from a national perspective. 

I also reported at the Center for Responsive Politics, better known as OpenSecrets.org, where I learned way more than I ever thought I would about campaign finance. 

Other fun facts: I worked with the Washington Post's investigative team to help research, analyze documents and interview sources for long-term investigative pieces. I contributed to the Pulitzer Prize-winning database on police shootings. 

I also worked for the Investigative Reporting Workshop, Atlantic Media Strategies (the digital consultancy of The Atlantic,) Men's Health and The Huffington Post. I graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, where I focused on magazine and multimedia journalism, and received my master's degree at American University in journalism and public affairs. My work has also been published in magazines such as Slate, NBC, TIME Magazine, The Atlantic and The Daily Beast, and local newspapers such as the Columbus Dispatch, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Santa Fe New Mexican. 

I became a journalist in order to give a voice to the voiceless and hold those in power accountable. Email me with any tips at balcerzakashley@gmail.com.