Sarah Kleiner joined the Center for Public Integrity’s federal politics team in 2017 after 13 years with daily newspapers. Kleiner has reported on a range of topics: state politics, city government, education, mental health, criminal justice and real estate. Her awards include the 2016 Virginia Press Association Journalistic Integrity and Community Service award for her investigation into the death of a mentally ill jail inmate. In 2015, Kleiner’s series about the lasting effects of toxic Chinese drywall in Hampton Roads received top awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and she was a runner-up in the 2015 Best American Newspaper Narrative Contest. Kleiner graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 with a degree in journalism.
"We have no choice but to take direct action to put our bodies on the line because petitions, sign-waving, and chanting—we tried that for the past 50 years and it hasn't worked, and we're out of time," said one arrested activist.