About CIR

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About CIR

Founded in 1977, the Center for Investigative Reporting is the nation's oldest nonprofit investigative news organization, producing multimedia reporting that has impact and is relevant to people's lives. Building on our long track record of award-winning print, broadcast and web reporting, CIR is now seeking to help lead the way in transforming journalism for the 21st century. 

We are living in an age of upheaval, institutional collapse, and historic unforeseen change. And journalism is not immune. The only “business” protected by the Constitution, the business of informing the public, has been eviscerated in recent years. The role that journalism plays in a functioning democracy—informing the public and holding the powerful accountable—is at serious risk. Major issues affecting the very fabric of this nation and the world go uninvestigated. As we struggle to find solutions to two wars, climate change, immigration, a recession, and myriad other global issues, a thriving media is more important than ever.

CIR is working to ensure that high-quality, credible, unique journalism does not die, but flourishes. Our innovative new model relies on in-depth collaboration with other news organizations, journalists, public policy organizations and universities, and fully exploits new storytelling technologies, to provide citizens—local and global—with critical, actionable information that impacts their lives. Important to this model is our search for new revenue streams that can help sustain high-quality journalism in a digital age.

CIR’s newest venture is California Watch, a major new reporting initiative to produce in-depth, high impact multimedia journalism specific to California and to engage the public on issues of critical importance to the state.

Press Room

For press inquiries, please contact Christa Scharfenberg at cscharfenberg@cironline.org or 510-809-3171.

Download our press kit [PDF]:

CIR fact sheet California Watch fact sheet
CIR history California Watch team
CIR staff

News about CIR:

CIR adds technology leadership to its board
November 10, 2011

CIR, California Watch win 2 Society of Professional Journalists awards
October 19, 2011

Chakarova Wins Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting
October 17, 2011

CIR, San Francisco Film Society present "Behind the Story: Under Suspicion"
October 4, 2011

'Reinventing Journalism' recounts executive director's trials, tribulations in new journalism business model
October 4, 2011

CIR, NPR release ‘Under Suspicion,’ a look into private counterterrorism efforts
September 7, 2011

CIR, California Watch named finalists in online news awards
September 1, 2011

Newsrooms combine forces to cover high-speed rail
August 11, 2011

On eve of 2nd birthday, California Watch set to open Southern California bureau
July 14, 2011

Torture of Irani Women is Focus of PBS NEWSHOUR, Center for Investigative Reporting Exclusive
June 10, 2011

CIR Promotes Mark Katches and Chase Davis to New Leadership Positions
April 29, 2011

California Watch releases “On Shaky Ground” – a 19-month investigation into seismic safety at public schools in California
April 7, 2011

California Watch publishes and distributes “Ready to Rumble” coloring and activity book to help prepare kids ages 5 to 10 for an earthquake
April 7, 2011

California Watch releases myFault app for the iPhone
April 7, 2011

CIR brings on award-winning FRONTLINE/World producer
February 22, 2011

California Watch launches media network
January 28, 2011

David Logan, longtime supporter of investigative reporting, dies at 93
January 24, 2011

CIR's California Watch project wins prestigious Online Journalism Award
November 2, 2010

Center for Investigative Reporting joins Public Insight Network
October 29, 2010

CIR responds to FBI decision to close unsolved civil rights cases
March 4, 2010

Center for Investigative Reporting and Paperny Films Announce Launch of the Civil Rights Cold Case Project
January 19, 2010

Class size report reaches diverse communities
December 7, 2009

California Watch and KQED announce editorial collaboration
November 9, 2009

Media organizations team together to host Data Camp and Data Contest
October 1, 2009

California Watch story on KGO and two dozen other outlets around the state
September 11, 2009

The Center for Investigative Reporting Hires High-Profile Journalist for its New California Watch Reporting Team
July 31, 2009

Editorial Director named for California reporting project
June 10, 2009

CIR in the News:

Tracking the Names
American Journalism Review | March/April 2011

The newsonomics of a single investigative story
Nieman Journalism Lab | April 21, 2011

California Watch is Watching
Columbia Journalism Review | April 15, 2011

Collective, Non-Profit Investigative Journalism Takes Spotlight at Logan
Mediashift | April 10, 2011

Berkeley Journalists Shake Up California’s Public Schools
FishbowlLa | April 8, 2011

California Watch finds a new consumer group for its “On Shaky Ground” investigation: kids
Nieman Journalism Lab | April 8, 2011

Logan Symposium: New Era of Collaboration?
Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism | April 17, 2010

The new investigators
Columbia Journalism Review | May/June 2010

Can Newspaper Muckraking Carry On in Nonprofits?
NY Times | January 17, 2010

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Contact Us:

Center for Investigative Reporting
2130 Center Street, Suite 103
Berkeley, CA 94704
T: 510.809.3160
F: 510.849.1813


For press inquiries, please contact Christa Scharfenberg at cscharfenberg@cironline.org or 510-809-3171.