Alison Fairbrother


Alison Fairbrother is the director of the Public Trust Project, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to amplifying the voices of scientists conducting industry-independent research, and investigating and reporting on misrepresentations of science by corporations and government. She is a regular contributing writer/reporter for the Washington Spectator, and formerly for Politics Daily, focusing on corporate accountability and women’s issues. Prior to starting the Public Trust Project, Alison worked in Ethiopia for African Services Committee, a non-profit organization that provides HIV testing, counseling, and care. She helped design ASC’s pediatric case management program, and founded their microcredit initiative. In Uganda, she worked as a program evaluator for the Virigina Gildersleeve International Fund, analyzing their women’s empowerment programs. She has been a film editor, a communcations associate for the first participatory budgeting trials in the U.S. in Chicago’s 49th ward, a fiction intern at the New Yorker and the Kenyon Review, and a civics teacher with Generation Citizen. She holds a BA from Brown University in Development Studies. Alison is a native New Yorker, recently transplanted to Washington, DC. She can be reached at


Sebastian Jones

Investigative Researcher

Sebastian Jones is an investigative researcher with the Public Trust Project. Previously, he served as an editor at The Washington Monthly and his work has appeared in publications like The Washington Post, USA Today and The Nation.


Robert Trussell

Blog Editor

Robert Trussell is the theater critic for the Kansas City Star, where he’s covered music, movies, pop culture, arts funding, politics and hard news. He helped cover the Hyatt Regency Hotel sky-walk collapse, for which the Kansas City Star and the Kansas City Times earned a Pulitzer Prize in 1982. In 2009 he won first place in the arts-and-entertainment feature category from the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors for “Drama for Hard Times,” an account of a professional actress working with inmates in the mental health unit at the Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas. He lives in Kansas City with his wife, Donna Trussell.

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