Tom Robbins has been investigative journalist in residence at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY since February 2011. In March 2023, he started a new assignment as a senior investigative reporter for The City, the nonprofit digital news platform devoted to hard-hitting coverage of the Big Apple.
His series on violence in New York prisons, produced in collaboration with The Marshall Project and The New York Times, was named a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Investigative Reporting and won the 2016 Hillman Prize for Newspaper Journalism. The series included stories by Times reporters Michael Winerip and Michael Schwirtz.
Robbins has been a columnist and staff writer at the Village Voice, the New York Daily News, and The New York Observer.
His stories on political corruption and urban issues have been cited by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the New York Press Club, the Deadline Club, and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, which gave his political columns in the Voice its top award in both 2009 and 2010.
A former housing organizer, he is a past editor of City Limits Magazine. He was a Revson Fellow for the City of New York in 1985 and was the Jack Newfield Visiting Professor at Hunter College in 2007 where he taught investigative journalism.
He has lived in New York since 1968 and resides in Brooklyn.