His tireless analysis revealed that doctors and lawyers were willfully withholding evidence of black lung and denying miners’ benefits, uncovering a pattern of questionable ethical behaviors that were leading to destructive outcomes. Hamby’s resulting series of exposés earned him the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.
Hamby’s reports are pressuring state governments to enact remedial legislative efforts. And though he values winning the Pulitzer Prize and subsequent J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress book award, Hamby remains focused on the fact that his work is helping to bring these wrongdoings to an end.
Chris Hamby graduated from the University of Richmond in 2008 with a degree in journalism and subsequently received a master’s degree in the same field from University of Missouri. Since then, he has worked as a reporter at numerous organizations and is currently an investigative reporter at BuzzFeed News.