2021, 2022 RAINFOREST INVESTIGATIONS FELLOW (UNITED STATES)
Andrew W. Lehren is a senior editor on the NBC News investigations team. He has reported on the pandemic and economic relief efforts, and led work on five International Consortium of Investigative Journalists collaborations, including the Implant Files, China Files, and the FinCEN Files. His work on people injured by foul balls led Major League Baseball to extend protections at all its stadiums.
He previously spent almost 13 years as a reporter at The New York Times, working on a range of national, international, and investigative stories.
He was one of the newspaper’s lead reporters analyzing the WikiLeaks trove of diplomatic cables, Afghanistan and Iraq war logs, and Guantanamo detainee dossiers. Those stories were compiled into a bestselling book, Open Secrets.
He contributed to the Pulitzer Prize-winning series that examined substandard Chinese chemicals tainting U.S. pharmaceuticals.
He has also covered President Trump’s finances, the BP oil spill and other environmental disasters, Olympic sports, mining disasters, and abuses in railroad disability pensions. He contributed to the bestselling book Losers: Dispatches from the Other Side of the Scoreboard. Before joining The Times, he was an investigative producer at NBC News, covering 9/11 and terrorism.
Lehren’s investigative documentaries examined racially biased policing, defective automobiles, and how a major insurance company created an elaborate system to defraud its own customers.
He has won numerous awards, including a Polk, Peabody, two duPont-Columbia batons, two Gerald Loeb Awards, three Edward R. Murrow investigative Awards, Emmys, three Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards, two Overseas Press Club honors, and two Daniel Pearl Awards.
He is the director of investigative reporting for the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, where his students have twice won the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for best student investigation in the nation. He also teaches at the Columbia Journalism School.
While working for Investigative Reporters and Editors, he oversaw its computer-assisted reporting operation. He has written for Reuters, the Philadelphia Daily News, JazzTimes, and The National Law Journal.
He earned degrees from the University of Missouri and Lehigh University.
As a Pulitzer Center Rainforest Investigations Network Fellow, he has reported on how products by Tesla, Toyota, Adidas and others have contributed to the destruction of tropical rainforests.