The Dick Goldensohn Fund

The Dick Goldensohn Fund was established in 1986 by his friends and family. Dick died of a heart attack at age 39 in 1985. Since he had been a fearless investigative reporter, the Fund makes small grants covering research, reporting and travel costs to freelance journalists working on international stories.

Mimi Wells is a multimedia journalist currently embedded in eastern Afghanistan with the Second Battalion, 27th Infantry regiment, with the support of CIR and the Dick Goldensohn Fund. Watch for videos later on this site.
Mimi Wells, a recipient of a Dick Goldensohn Fund grant from CIR, provides a photo portrait from Forward Operating Base Bostick in Kunar province. Watch for videos later on this site.
In India, a company with a spotty environmental track record is raking it in, thanks to carbon credits.
For thousands of years, semi-nomadic pastoralists have become accustomed to harsh environments and surviving with limited resources. But with the impacts of climate change, competition for water and pasture is escalating.
A major investigation into allegations that senior Kosovo political figures ran a violent criminal network could be hindered by witness safety and other security concerns.
Sufism, Pakistan's most popular branch of Islam, has seen a rise of attacks against its worshipers at shrines. The bombings are part of an ongoing battle to enforce a more conservative brand of Islam. This story was funded in part by the Dick Goldensohn Fund.
Zipporah Sein, now the General Secretary of the Karen National Union, says even though she strongly supports Aung San Suu Kyi she does not share her nonviolent stance in dealing with the Burmese military.
Sunday was the first election in twenty years in Burma, but most state-run news reports called it a "quiet day" with little activity and low voter turnout. But that was a very different kind of day from what many people in Burma experienced. Reports from around the country reported election fraud, with intimidation of voters, denying voters the right to vote, and forcing voters to vote for the military's own party comprising the core of the complaints.
In three days Burma will be holding its first election in twenty years. Inside Burma a storm is brewing, but here, just on the other side of the border Mae Sot is a stronghold of pro-democracy Burmese activists in exile.
The military regime in Burma is aiming for legitimacy with its first elections in two decades. No independent monitors are permitted to observe the vote. Radio reporter Stephanie Guyer-Stevens is posted just across the Thai border, with contacts deep inside Burma, and will be sending us dispatches before, during and after the election on November 7. Tensions are already beginning to flare with restive communities long opposed to the regime and who are expected to be fleeing to the refugee camps that dot the frontier.
Correspondent Anna Badkhen checks in with FRONTLINE/World's iWitness from Grozny, where a still-simmering insurgency and brutal government crackdown continue to plague Chechnya. Badkhen's reporting trip was made possible by a grant from CIR's Dick Goldensohn Fund. Read Badkhen's reporting journal on the 43-hour train ride to Grozny.
Just after the U.S. took Baghdad in 2003, the Green Berets began training young Iraqis with no prior military experience in the desert of Jordan. The resulting brigade—the Iraq Special Operations Forces—was a deadly, elite, covert unit, fully fitted with American equipment, that would operate for years under U.S. command and be unaccountable to Iraqi ministries and the normal political process. Shane Bauer reports for The Nation. Support was provided in part by CIR's Dick Goldensohn Fund.
Elizabeth Rubin spent much of the fall of 2007 with Battle Company of the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade in northeastern Afghanistan. The Americans and the Taliban have been locked in a dead heat in the Korengal Valley for over three years. In 2007, Rubin went on a six-day mission with a platoon into the mountain hideouts that resulted in the death of three soldiers. Rubin returned to Korengal in the summer of 2008. Both times, she took a video camera.
Lawlessness and sectarian violence quickly engulfed Iraq after the fall of Saddam, leaving women vulnerable. Incidents of rape have increased, and by Iraqi tradition the victims are shunned and sometimes murdered by family members in "honor killings." Correspondent Anna Badkhen and photojournalist Mimi Chakarova visit a secret women's shelter in Baghdad to speak with rape victims and war widows and document their stories.
War correspondent Anna Badkhen recently returned to Iraq—her 10th trip since 2003—and wrote a series of journals for The Muckraker. During her month there, Badkhen met the wives of detained Iraqis, followed soldiers out on home searches, and witnessed the challenges American troops face maintaining order in a society that still condones "tribal justice"—vengeance killing.
The U.S. protects American factory workers from occupational illness and injury, but such protections seldom extend to Chinese workers who now make most U.S. goods. In a four part series, reporter Loretta Tofani reveals how Chinese workers are dying slow, difficult deaths, caused by the toxic chemicals they use in manufacturing. This series was partially funded by CIR's Dick Goldensohn Fund. Read Tofani's backstory essay.
Cuban migrants who actually set foot on American soil get to stay as refugees. Anybody caught at sea is sent home. So, many migrants no longer take a boat to Florida. Lygia Navarro reports for Marketplace on what they're doing now. This project was partially funded by CIR's Dick Goldensohn Fund.