Jerry Kammer's Biography

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Jerry Kammer, a nationally recognized journalist, is a Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). The Center is a Washington, DC-based research institute that examines the impact of immigration on American society.

Prior to joining the Center in 2009, Mr. Kammer spent over 30 years as a journalist. He began his work in journalism in 1974 as a reporter with the Navajo Times. In 1986, Mr. Kammer became the Northern Mexico correspondent for the Arizona Republic, where his work was honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Award for humanitarian journalism. As a member of the Republic’s investigative team, he received both the National Headliner Award and the Gerald Loeb Award for his coverage of the national savings and loan scandal, whose central figure was Phoenix financier Charles Keating.

In 2002 Mr. Kammer joined the Washington bureau of the Copley News Service, specializing in immigration and US-Mexico relations. He received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and the George Polk Award for his work in helping uncover the bribery scandal whose central figure was Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham.

Mr. Kammer holds a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame and a Masters in American Studies from the University of New Mexico. He later studied at Harvard University as a Nieman Journalism Fellow.