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CIR Staff | Update | February 7, 2012

Center for Investigative Reporting, The Bay Citizen announce a joint memorandum of understanding to pursue merger

 

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BERKELEY, CA and SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 – The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) and the Bay Area News Project (BANP), which operates The Bay Citizen, announced today that they have entered into a memorandum of understanding to pursue a potential merger. The agreement was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both nonprofit organizations.

The conceived merger will bring together The Bay Citizen, an award-winning nonprofit news organization focused on covering the San Francisco and Bay Area, and CIR, the nation's oldest nonprofit investigative news organization, which operates California Watch. The merger will create a more sustainable foundation for their shared missions: to provide high-quality journalism that is essential to an informed and engaged democracy. The proposed merger will bring together the collective expertise, reputations, and innovative talents of both organizations.

A transition team comprised of members of both organizations will conduct a thoughtful, thorough review process and will make recommendations about integration, which will be subject to approval by both boards.

The combined organization will have a board of directors that will include an equal number of voting members from both of the current Boards. Phil Bronstein, current President of the CIR Board, will serve as the Executive Chair of the merged organization and Robert J. Rosenthal, Executive Director of CIR, will be the Executive Director of the merged entity.

Rosenthal will be in charge of editorial and overall strategies and will be responsible for its day-to-day operations. Bronstein also will focus on overall strategy, as well as audience engagement, board functions, fundraising and overseeing a variety of approaches to support the nonprofit.

Together, Bronstein and Rosenthal will work with the Board and the merged organization to assure that it is at the forefront of creating unique, high-quality accountability journalism on multiple platforms. A crucial focus of the strategy will be to engage the Bay Area community in the organization’s new form of accountability journalism.

"This is an opportunity to take accountability journalism to an even higher level," said Rosenthal. “We will now be able to combine all the strengths of CIR and The Bay Citizen and have an outstanding team of journalists focused on the Bay Area. With California Watch, CIR does stories that have made a difference in the lives of people throughout California. We bring CIR stories to national and international audiences. The Bay Citizen has brought voice to local politics, community issues, and Bay Area news in an innovative manner. We will now be able to bring our combined strategies for engagement and accountability journalism to a region of the country that can best embrace it. Because it's the Bay Area, stories we do here will be of interest to audiences across the country and around the world.”

The Bay Citizen is a nonprofit, nonpartisan member-supported news organization that provides in-depth original reporting on Bay Area issues including public policy, education, the arts and cultural affairs, health and science, the environment, and more, online at baycitizen.org as well as in print in The New York Times Bay Area report on Fridays and Sundays.

Phil Bronstein, said, “I've been a journalist in the Bay Area my entire adult life and have deep roots and affection for the extraordinary and unique culture here. There is more innovation, activism, and civic involvement in this region than anywhere in the country. This is the basis for engaging people where we all live. With our unified nonprofit model, we can bring together combined talent, technology, investigative power and creative skills to serve the public in dynamic ways.”

Jeffrey Ubben, Chair of the Board of The Bay Citizen, expressed his support for the new entity. “The Bay Citizen and the Center for Investigative Reporting are each stellar news organizations. We look forward to working out the details and joining forces. Together, we will draw on the vision and talents of each of our high-caliber staffs, and ultimately become stronger and more effective than the sum of our parts. This merger bodes well for an informed and engaged Bay Area.”

Brian Kelley, Interim CEO of The Bay Citizen, acknowledged the recent transitions in leadership preceding this announcement. “The Bay Citizen was the vision of the late civic leader, Warren Hellman. He appointed Lisa Frazier, who in less than three years catapulted the organization from an idea to an award-winning news force. This new direction builds on the creative and generous initiative of Mr. Hellman and the excellent execution by Ms. Frazier.”

“The Bay Citizen was started as an experiment in journalism,” said Susan Hirsch, a founding member of The Bay Citizen’s Board of Directors and the philanthropic advisor to the late Warren Hellman. “My earliest discussion with Warren centered on the need to find innovative and creative ways to investigate and report the news. We believe the future of the free press is to be found in collaboration and cooperation between news outlets with differing strengths and this belief has led us to discussions with the Center for Investigative Reporting. From the beginning, The Bay Citizen has been committed to high quality journalism, progressive use of technology, and a strong business model. This potential merger is another step on that path.”

The transition team plans to spend approximately 30 days working out the details of the merged entity, including staffing, board membership, and location(s). The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including notifying the California Attorney General.

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About the Center for Investigative Reporting

Founded in 1977, the Center for Investigative Reporting is the nation's oldest nonprofit investigative news organization, producing unique, high-quality reporting that has impact and is relevant to people's lives. CIR’s newest venture, California Watch, is the largest investigative team in the state. The organization’s stories appear in hundreds of news outlets including NPR News, PBS Frontline, PBS NEWSHOUR, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Sacramento Bee, The Daily Beast, MinnPost and American Public Media’s Marketplace. CIR stories have received numerous journalism awards including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, George Polk Award, Emmy Award, and Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. Its reports have sparked state and federal hearings and legislation, United Nations resolutions, public interest lawsuits and changes in corporate policies. For more information, please visit www.centerforinvestigativereporting.org and www.californiawatch.org.

About The Bay Citizen

The Bay Citizen is a nonprofit, nonpartisan member-supported news organization that provides in-depth original reporting on Bay Area issues including public policy, education, the arts and cultural affairs, health and science, the environment, and more. The Bay Citizen's news can be found online at www.baycitizen.org as well as in print in The New York Times Bay Area report on Fridays and Sundays. For more information, please visit www.baycitizen.org.

Contact:
Sara Ying Rounsaville
415.733.8588, syk@sff.org

 

CIR Staff | Update: Abuse in Iran | June 10, 2011

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



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (June 10, 2011) – PBS NEWSHOUR marks the two-year anniversary of Iran’s “Green Movement” with an exclusive report about the government crackdown that followed the disputed presidential election. A collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting, the report airs tonight, Friday, June 10, 2011 and features the courageous work of an Iranian journalist and the first, heart-wrenching account of a female demonstrator who says after she was arrested, she was raped, beaten and tortured by the Iranian government.

Coverage continues online at pbs.org/newshour, with a web exclusive featuring “Samira”, a young Irani rap singer who uses her music to give voice to those who cannot speak out.

At centerforinvestigativereporting.org find an extended interview with “Leila”, a young woman who was tortured and raped while in detention for participating in the 2009 protests.

PBS NEWSHOUR is seen five nights a week on more than 315 PBS stations across the country and is also available online, via public radio in select markets and via podcast. The program is produced by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, in association with WETA Washington, DC, and WNET.org in New York. Major corporate funding for the PBS NEWSHOUR is provided by Chevron, BNSF Railway, Pacific Life and Intel, with additional support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.

The Center for Investigative Reporting is the nation's oldest nonprofit investigative news organization. CIR reports have reached the public through television, print, radio and the web, appearing in outlets such as 60 Minutes, PBS Frontline, NPR, The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Politico and U.S. News & World Report. CIR stories have received numerous journalism awards including the Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia University Silver Baton, George Polk Award, Emmy Award, Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, and a National Magazine Award for Reporting Excellence. More importantly, its reports have sparked congressional hearings and legislation, United Nations resolutions, public interest lawsuits and change in corporate policies. For more information, visit www.cironline.org.

Media Contacts:

Anne Bell
PBS NEWSHOUR
703-998-2175

Marlene Saritzky
Center for Investigative Reporting
415-713-1241.

 

CIR Staff | Update | April 29, 2011

CIR Promotes Mark Katches and Chase Davis to New Leadership Positions

 

BERKELEY, CA – April 29, 2011 – The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) today announced that Mark Katches has been promoted to editorial director, and Chase Davis is assuming a new role as director of technology. In addition, Hearst executive Phil Bronstein has been elected chairman of the board at CIR.

Founded in 1977, CIR is the nation’s oldest, nonprofit investigative news organization. CIR distributes its stories directly and through respected partners in television, print, radio and web outlets.

“Mark and Chase bring unique skills to their new roles. Their leadership will accelerate our evolution and innovation in all facets or our work,” said Robert J. Rosenthal, executive director of CIR. “Mark’s journalistic and management leadership as editorial director of our California Watch project has been successful beyond our expectations. Chase has a sophistication, curiosity and entrepreneurial mind-set that will be crucial as we meld technology into all we do around audience growth, revenue opportunities and engagement.”

As editorial director of CIR, Katches will oversee the combined California Watch and CIR reporting staffs, direct and help guide daily news coverage and work closely with the digital and web operations teams to help produce content that can be effectively distributed to news partners in California and around the globe on multiple platforms.

As director of technology, Davis will be responsible for technology strategy and digital entrepreneurship at CIR, including journalistic software development, database applications and technology-driven distribution and revenue strategies. He also will work with Rosenthal and the development team to build relationships with partners that better connect CIR to the Bay Area technology community.

As chairman of the board of directors of CIR, Bronstein will focus on sustainability, board development and outreach. He will provide strategic advice and counsel to the CIR team. He succeeds Jon Logan, who led the board during the last three years of growth and expansion. Logan remains on the board as a vice president.

“Phil and I got to know each other well when I came to San Francisco,” Rosenthal said. “At CIR we are working to build a new journalism model. Phil understands the Bay Area and the dynamics of innovation, risk taking and the entrepreneurial DNA that make it special and which helps fuel our evolution.”

Over the last two and a half years, CIR has experienced considerable growth. The staff has increased from seven to 34. California Watch, already considered a model for other news organizations, includes award-winning reporters, editors, multimedia reporters and producers. “On Shaky Ground,” the recent 19-month investigation into seismic safety issues in California Schools, had a record number of distribution partners including key newspapers, network television affiliates, public radio and ethnic media.

Other key initiatives at CIR include reporting on the international carbon markets, Homeland Security, and immigration issues. CIR recently produced a feature documentary film, “DIRTY BUSINESS: ‘Clean Coal‘ and the Battle for Our Energy Future,” that investigates the true cost of our dependence on coal. CIR also worked in association with filmmaker and photojournalist Mimi Chakarova on “The Price of Sex,” a documentary that won the 2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival’s Nestor Almendrow Award for courage in filmmaking. The film will be screened over three nights at Lincoln Center in New York in June.

About Mark Katches
Katches was the founding editorial director for California Watch. Before coming to CIR he built and ran investigative teams at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Orange County Register. He was the primary editor of Pulitzer Prize winning projects in both 2008 and 2010 and has edited or managed three other stories that have been Pulitzer finalists since 2004. Projects he has edited or directed have also won the George Polk Award, the Scripps-Howard National Journalism Award, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Worth Bingham Prize, the Sigma Delta Chi Award and the National Headliner Award. In 2001, he was part of a reporting team that won the Gerald Loeb and IRE awards for a series of stories detailing the rising profits from the human tissue trade. He has taught reporting classes at Stanford University, UC Berkeley and the University of Southern California. Katches served on the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors and oversaw the IRE mentorship program for most of the last decade.

About Chase Davis
Davis joined California Watch in 2009 as an investigative reporter focusing on money and politics for California Watch. Previously, he worked as an investigative reporter at The Des Moines Register and the Houston Chronicle. Davis built and launched several innovative technology experiments during his time at California Watch, including the organization's first iPhone app, myFault, and its elections coverage resource, Politics Verbatim. He is also the co-founder of the media-technology firm Hot Type Consulting, which provides technical consulting to news startups and media organizations in the United States and Europe. Davis is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism.

About Phil Bronstein
Bronstein is the editor-at-large and director of content development for Hearst Newspapers, which includes the San Francisco Chronicle and the Houston Chronicle. Prior to that, he was executive vice president and editor-at-Large of the San Francisco Chronicle after serving as the newspaper's editor from 2000 to 2008. He is responsible for broader strategic decisions for Hearst newspapers, collaborating with the company's top digital media and editorial executives in identifying ideas and content that can be applied across the company. His focus is the intersection of journalism with social and other digital media. He is working on a variety of specific projects, which includes developing focused content for sfgate.com and the other Hearst newspaper web sites. He oversees investigative reporting efforts across the newspaper division and in partnership with other Hearst divisions. He continues to work with Hearst's office of General Counsel on First Amendment issues, including congressional passage of a federal shield law for reporters. He spent nineteen years at the San Francisco Examiner, first as a reporter and later as an investigative reporter and editor, foreign correspondent and executive editor.

About the Center for Investigative Reporting and California Watch

The Center for Investigative Reporting is the nation's oldest nonprofit investigative news organization. CIR reports have reached the public through television, print, radio and the web, appearing in outlets such as 60 Minutes, PBS Frontline, NPR, The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Politico and U.S. News & World Report. CIR stories have received numerous journalism awards including the Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia University Silver Baton, George Polk Award, Emmy Award, Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, and a National Magazine Award for Reporting Excellence. More importantly, its reports have sparked congressional hearings and legislation, United Nations resolutions, public interest lawsuits and change in corporate policies. CIR founded California Watch to help create a new model for regional investigative and high-impact reporting. For more information, visit www.cironline.org.

California Watch, the largest investigative journalism team operating in the state, was launched in 2009 by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Center for Investigative Reporting. Areas of coverage include education, health and welfare, public safety, the environment and the influence of money on the political and regulatory process. California Watch receives funding from The James Irvine Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the California Endowment. California Watch received a National Headliner Award in 2011 for “Best Online Only Journalism Site.” In 2010, California Watch was awarded a general excellence award from the Online News Association, and its staff also was named “Journalists of the Year” by the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. For more information, visit www.californiawatch.org.

Media contact:
Marlene Saritzky
(415) 713-1241
marlene@mssassociates.com

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CIR Staff | Update | April 22, 2011

CIR co-presents 'Hot Coffee' film at San Francisco International Film Festival

The Center for Investigative Reporting will co-present the film "Hot Coffee," directed by Susan Saladoff, at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival.

Unraveling a history of corporate corruption and self-interest, a lawyer-turned-filmmaker uses the infamous McDonald’s spilled coffee case as a jumping-off point to examine the civil justice system.

The film will be screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival, which will feature nearly 200 films and live events during its run from April 21 to May 5.

Screening times for "Hot Coffee":

Click here for tickets and more information, or follow the film festival on Facebook and Twitter.

Nelson Honored as 2011 Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Stanley Nelson, a reporter for The Center for Investigative Reporting's Civil Rights Cold Case Project, has been honored as a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for work on a decades-old killing.

Nelson, an editor at The Concordia Sentinel in Ferriday-Vidalia, La., was selected by Pulitzer judges in the Local Reporting category due to "his courageous and determined efforts to unravel a long forgotten Ku Klux Klan murder during the Civil Rights era."

Earlier this year, Nelson was chosen as a winner of the University of Oregon's Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism and as the inaugural recipient of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication’s Courage and Justice Award.

CIR Staff | March 21, 2011

You're invited to a UC Berkeley screening of "The Price of Sex"

The Center for Investigative Reporting would like to extend a special invitation to a private Bay Area screening of "The Price of Sex" on April 12 at 7 PM in Sutardja Hall Auditorium, UC Berkeley. Please also join us for a reception with the director at 6:30 PM at the School of Journalism's Library, 121 North Gate Hall: http://berkeley.edu/map/maps/AB45.html

RSVP required for the UC Berkeley screening: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=167713676610524

"The Price of Sex" is a feature documentary by Mimi Chakarova investigating sex trafficking. The film will premiere at the Sarasota Film Festival on April 15. The film's New York premiere will be at The Human Rights Watch Film Festival at Lincoln Center on June 23, 24 and 25. See more screening listings here: http://priceofsex.org/screenings

The 73-min. film has already received recognition for Excellence and Best Narration at the 2010 Los Angeles Movie Awards and will receive the 2011 Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in June. It has also been picked up for North American distribution by Women Make Movies in New York and by CAT&DOCS in Paris for international distribution.



Visit http://priceofsex.org to watch the trailer, see additional screening venues, and to explore the multimedia series, a map of trafficking hotspots, as well as links and resources and ways to get involved.

About the film:

Director Mimi Chakarova, who grew up in Bulgaria, takes us on a personal journey based on seven years of reporting, exposing the shadowy world of sex trafficking from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and Western Europe. Filming undercover and gaining extraordinary access, Chakarova illuminates how some women manage to escape to tell their stories.



"The Price of Sex" was written, directed and produced by Mimi Chakarova; edited by Stephanie Challberg; principal photography by Adam Keker; Stephen Talbot was executive producer. Carrie Ching produced the website and co-produced the multimedia series. The film was produced in association with the Center for Investigative Reporting.
http://centerforinvestigativereporting.org/

 

CIR Staff | February 22, 2011

CIR brings on award-winning FRONTLINE/World producer

The Center for Investigative Reporting today announced the launch of an in-house production unit for digital media and video, allowing CIR and its California Watch project to deliver its stories in high-quality video formats. Sharon Tiller, former series executive director of PBS’s FRONTLINE/World and senior producer at FRONTLINE, will lead the unit. Tiller will become CIR’s Director of Digital Media.

This new capability is part of a larger business development strategy at CIR to create new models for how investigative journalism can sustain itself and to leverage new technologies to increase and engage audiences. Tiller will supervise a team of seven.

“I’m thrilled to join CIR, especially at this point in time,” said Tiller. “Adding the digital video team will make CIR a leader in nonprofit, multiplatform investigative journalism.”

“We’re extremely fortunate to have Sharon Tiller join CIR to launch a new digital video unit,” said Executive Director Robert J. Rosenthal. “Her experience and achievements in public media are held in high regard throughout the industry. We expect to lead the way in producing innovative video-based investigative journalism across all digital platforms, and this ties directly into our vision of being an integrated multiplatform news organization.”

By adding Tiller, CIR also builds on its own 20-year-long relationship with FRONTLINE, the award-winning PBS public affairs series. The first joint segment will air as a FRONTLINE magazine segment in spring 2011.

The Logan Family Foundation provided initial funds for the launch of the new team, with a $250,000 challenge grant.

“David Logan, family patriarch, who recently passed away, recognized the importance of a free press to the survival of a democratic society. My family and I will continue our commitment to investigative reporting, including this gift that unites CIR and veteran broadcast producers to best distribute reporting critical to the public good,” said Jon Logan, who serves as president of the Reva and David Logan Family Foundation and also as a vice president of the Board of Directors of CIR.

About Sharon Tiller

At FRONTLINE, Sharon Tiller helped develop numerous programs, including the critically acclaimed four-part special “Drug Wars,” and “News War,” a multi-part series on the crisis in the media industry. In 2001, she helped develop and launch the international news magazine FRONTLINE/World. The groundbreaking series featured the work of a new generation of video journalists and recently completed nine successful seasons on PBS. As the series executive director, she oversaw more than 200 broadcast and online video stories from 70 countries. In 2004, the FRONTLINE/World series was honored with the Overseas Press Club Edward R. Murrow Award. Its cutting-edge website also received two prestigious Webby Awards for best online documentary series and best news and politics series.

Before joining FRONTLINE, Tiller was the executive director for CIR, where she developed award-winning investigative documentaries for FRONTLINE, including “Global Dumping Ground with Bill Moyers,” “The Great American Bailout,” “Best Campaign Money Can Buy,” “Public Lands, Private Profits,” and “School Colors.”

Tiller has received numerous awards for her work, including four Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Broadcast Journalism Awards, three National Emmys, a George Polk Award for National Television Reporting, a George Foster Peabody Award, and a World Affairs Council Award of Excellence for International Reporting.

About the Center for Investigative Reporting and California Watch

The Center for Investigative Reporting is the nation's oldest nonprofit investigative news organization. CIR reports have reached the public through television, print, radio and the web, appearing in outlets such as 60 Minutes, PBS FRONTLINE, NPR, The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Politico and U.S. News & World Report. CIR stories have received numerous journalism awards including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, George Polk Award, Emmy Award, Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, and National Magazine Award for Reporting Excellence. More importantly, its reports have sparked congressional hearings and legislation, United Nations resolutions, public interest lawsuits and change in corporate policies. In 2009, CIR founded California Watch to help create a new model for regional investigative and other high-impact reporting.

California Watch (www.CaliforniaWatch.org), the largest investigative team operating in the state, was launched in 2009. Priority areas of coverage include education, health and welfare, public safety, the environment and the influence of money on the political and regulatory process. California Watch receives funding from The James Irvine Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the California Endowment. California Watch received a general excellence award from the Online News Association in 2010. Its staff also was named “Journalists of the Year” by the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Media contact: Marlene Saritzky
415.713.1241, marlene@mssassociates.com

CIR Staff | Update: California Watch | January 28, 2011

California Watch launches media network

California Watch, a project of the Center for Investigative Reporting, today launched the California Watch Media Network and announced its first members, which include some of the state’s largest and most reputable news organizations.

Joining the network are the San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, San Diego Union Tribune, Orange County Register, Bakersfield Californian, and the Fresno Bee.

The news organizations that are part of the California Watch Media Network will receive stories and daily news posts from California Watch, the state’s largest investigative reporting team. The new group also will work to find ways to collaborate together on investigative reporting projects.

“This new network represents a step forward in terms of how we market and distribute our content,” said California Watch Editorial Director Mark Katches. “It’s our hope that many more news organizations, both large and small, will join us in the coming months.”

Katches added that the goal of the network extends beyond distributing California Watch stories.

“It sets the table for more collaborative relationships,” Katches said. “That’s the most exciting part about it. We hope it will create even more opportunities for news organizations to work together on investigative projects.”

Membership fees to join the network are determined by circulation and audience reach of news outlets. For print publications, rates are based on Sunday Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) statistics. For broadcast members, rates are based on market size. Members also will have select content featured on the California Watch website at www.californiawatch.org.

“We were thrilled to join the California Watch Media Network," said Steve Proctor, managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. "California Watch is doing first-rate investigative journalism, a critical component of any newspaper. Our partnership has been extremely important to the Chronicle and its readers and we look forward to collaborating on more great work in the future."

Since launching in late 2009, California Watch has developed a unique distribution model, charging news organizations fees for the rights to publish content. California Watch also typically edits multiple versions of stories to appeal to local news markets.

“We have to find ways to generate revenue. It’s an important part of our business strategy,” said Robert J. Rosenthal, executive director of the Center for Investigative Reporting. “The high-caliber news organizations that have already joined our network helps to illustrate the value of our journalism.”

Stories will also be offered to news organizations outside the network and California Watch will continue its successful partnership with KQED Public Radio.

For more information about the benefits of joining the California Watch Media Network, editors should contact Distribution and Online Community Manager Meghann Farnsworth at mfarnsworth@cironline.org or 510-809-2213.

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About California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting

California Watch, the largest investigative team operating in the state, was launched in 2009 by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR). Priority areas of coverage include education, health and welfare, public safety, the environment and the influence of money on the political and regulatory process. The goal is to expose hidden truths, prompt debate and spark change. California Watch receives funding from The James Irvine Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the California Endowment. California Watch received a general excellence award from the Online News Association in 2010. Its staff also was named “Journalists of the Year” by the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The Center for Investigative Reporting is the nation's oldest nonprofit investigative news organization. CIR reports have reached the public through television, print, radio and the web, appearing in outlets such as 60 Minutes, PBS Frontline, NPR, The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Politico and U.S. News & World Report. CIR stories have received numerous journalism awards including the Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia University Silver Baton, George Polk Award, Emmy Award, Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, and National Magazine Award for Reporting Excellence. More importantly, its reports have sparked congressional hearings and legislation, United Nations resolutions, public interest lawsuits and change in corporate policies. CIR founded California Watch to help create a new model for regional investigative and other high-impact reporting.

Press Contact:
Marlene Saritzky
California Watch/Center for Investigative Reporting
415-713-1241
marlene@mssassociates.com

 

CIR Staff | Update | January 24, 2011

David Logan, longtime supporter of investigative reporting, dies at 93


The Center for Investigative Reporting joins our fellow journalists in mourning David Logan, a leading supporter of nonprofit investigative reporting. He died in Chicago, his hometown, on January 22. He was 93.

Mr. Logan was a major donor to CIR through the private foundation he established, the Reva and David Logan Foundation. In 2005, with his son Jon, now president of the foundation, he made the cornerstone gift to endow CIR’s Future Fund, which provides annual support. The foundation has continued to support CIR with additional grants over the years. Jon Logan is a longtime member of CIR’s Board of Directors and this past December ended a three-year term as Board Chair.

Robert J. Rosenthal, Executive Director of CIR, said, “David Logan and his family have been unique in their support for investigative reporting. Mr. Logan understood the role investigative reporting has in protecting democracy. His vision and his philanthropy have been crucial to the success and survival of CIR. Mr. Logan was a no-nonsense, direct and powerful personality with a wonderful intellectual curiosity. His philanthropy reflected that. His family’s gifts created impacts and a legacy we are proud to be associated with.”

David Logan is survived by his wife, Reva, three sons, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In Mr. Logan’s
Associated Press obituary, his son Daniel described his father: “He was a real fireball. He was energized by his anger that things in the world weren't as good as he wanted them to be.”

Mr. Logan was a self-made man who began his career in law—he received his law degree from the University of Chicago—and became an investor. His interests spanned journalism, photography, jazz, illustrated books, physical rehabilitation, poverty alleviation, education and philanthropy. Other journalism-related recipients of his generosity include the University of California Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he endowed a chair in investigative journalism, currently occupied by Lowell Bergman—one of the three founders of CIR thirty-four years ago. The Logan Foundation also has supported PBS’s FRONTLINE documentary series and created the annual Logan Symposium, a major international conference for investigative reporters and students held each spring at UC Berkeley.

He amassed a world-renowned collection of photography and illustrated books, encompassing virtually every artistic movement from 1870 to this day. Most of the collection is contained with the Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated Books at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

He noted the rise of writing on the subject of photography and created the Logan Grants at the Photographic Resource Center; forty-five writers have benefited from his largesse. He helped fund Ken Burns’ Jazz documentary and Duke University’s Jazz Loft Project. He established the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation at the top-ranked Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

The Logan Foundation’s philosophy is expressed through a quotation that appears below its name on the foundation’s website: “From those to whom much has been given, much is expected” (attributed to Mary Gates). To help spur future generations of public servants, Mr. Logan established an annual award program at the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the University of Texas at Austin. Graduate students develop entrepreneurial plans to address difficult social problems; the winner receives significant start-up funds.

As we offer condolences to Mr. Logan’s family, we also express our deep appreciation for his commitment to investigative reporting and other causes. He made a profound impact during his lifetime, and his generosity will continue to bear fruit for generations.

 

CIR Staff | Update: California Watch | November 2, 2010

CIR's California Watch project wins prestigious Online Journalism Award

California Watch, a project of the Center for Investigative Journalism, won an award for General Excellence from the Online News Association this past weekend.

The General Excellence, Micro Site, category honors a website that “successfully fulfills its editorial mission, effectively serves its audience, maximizes the use of the Web's characteristics and represents the highest journalistic standards. Entries were judged on quality of journalism, use of social tools, creative use of the medium, user interface and interactivity.”

“It’s a great honor to have California Watch recognized,” said Robert Rosenthal, executive director of the Center for Investigative Reporting. “Mark Katches, California Watch editorial director, has put together an extraordinary team of first-class talent. To be honored for excellence within such a short time since we launched is a real honor.”

A complete list of the Online Journalism Awards can be seen here.
Launched in May 2000, the OJAs are administered by the Online News Association, in partnership with the University of Miami’s School of Communication. Six awards now come with a total of $33,000 in prize money, courtesy of the Gannett Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

About California Watch: California Watch, now the largest investigative team in the state, is supported by major grants from the James Irvine Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the California Endowment and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. More at www.californiawatch.org.

Founded in 1977, the Center for Investigative Reporting is the nation's oldest nonprofit investigative news organization. More at www.centerforinvestigativereporting.org.