Lance Williams is a senior investigative reporter focusing on money and politics for California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting. He won the 2011 George Polk Award for medical reporting with reporting colleagues Christina Jewett and Stephen K. Doig at California Watch. He previously worked for the San Francisco Chronicle, where he helped break many of the newspaper’s exclusive stories on the BALCO steroid scandal. With Mark Fainaru-Wada, he wrote “Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports.” In 2006, the reporting duo was held in contempt of court and threatened with 18 months in federal prison for refusing to testify about their confidential sources on BALCO. The subpoenas were later withdrawn. Lance has been a reporter in California for 34 years. He won his first George Polk Award for the BALCO coverage while at the San Francisco Chronicle. He also has won the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment and the Gerald Loeb Award, among other honors. He graduated from Brown University and UC Berkeley. Before joining the Chronicle, he worked at the San Francisco Examiner, Oakland Tribune and Hayward Daily Review.
Political money; government ethics.