Center for Investigative Reporting


1400 65th Street, Suite 200
Emeryville, CA 94608
County: Out of State


Ms. Annie Chabel

Grant Amount


Program Area

Informed Communities


Grant Details

For a collaborative investigative reporting project that features innovative public engagement with the news through alternative storytelling practices, cross-sector partnerships, social media and community events.

Organization Background

Founded in 1977, The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) is the nation's first independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization dedicated to public service journalism. CIR empowers the public through groundbreaking investigative storytelling that sparks action, improves lives, and protects our democracy.


Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, CIR takes advantage of its proximity to Silicon Valley to pioneer creative and technological innovation with the highest standards for journalism: we deeply investigate a range of issues; meticulously create and share compelling open source data sets, data interactives, and tools; build first-of-their-kind collaborations with media and arts organizations; prioritize impact and the public's need to know over competition and exclusivity; strengthen the journalism field by building the capacity of others; take risks to smash the boundaries of where and how news is delivered; and track the results of our work.


CIR's credibility and impact is recognized by our peers as evidenced by the range of prestigious journalism awards we receive for our multiplatform journalism, among them: in 2015, an Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Reporting Award from the Online News Association, and an National Emmy for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast (shared with our partners at the PBS NewsHour).


In the past year alone, CIR has informed an audience of millions through our Reveal radio show (now airing on over 270 public radio stations), podcast, and website, as well as through partnerships with a wide range of media organizations, among them CNN, Univision, PBS Frontline, PBS NewsHour, ABC, and The Guardian U.S. The impact of our work has included new legislation and policy reforms sparked by our reports, criminal investigations, changes in the public conversation on key issues, and community organizing informed by the facts we uncover.

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