Liz Essley Whyte

Reporter, Center for Public Integrity

Liz Essley Whyte is a reporter for the Consider the Source state politics team. In 2016, she was on the team that reported, The Politics of Pain which included this passage:

The makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids, the drugs at the heart of a crisis that has cost 165,000 Americans their lives and pushed countless more to crippling addiction.

The drugmakers vow they’re combating the addiction epidemic, but The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity found that they often employ a statehouse playbook of delay and defend that includes funding advocacy groups that use the veneer of independence to fight limits on the drugs, such as OxyContin, Vicodin and fentanyl, the narcotic linked to Prince’s death.”

Before joining the center in 2014 as an American University fellow, she was the managing editor of a quarterly magazine focused on philanthropy, and prior to that, she covered local government and transportation for The Washington Examiner. Her scoops on insider deals at the local airports authority earned her top awards from the D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Virginia Press Association, as well as spurred the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to demand reform at the authority.

She graduated summa cum laude from Hillsdale College, where she led her college newspaper to multiple awards. She earned a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University.

Whyte will be speaking at Covering the Opioid Crisis in New York on March 3.