Robert J. Rosenthal, an award-winning journalist with nearly 40 years of experience, has been named Executive Director of the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR).

Rosenthal has worked for some of the most respected newspapers in the country, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer and, most recently, the San Francisco Chronicle.

While Rosenthal was managing editor of the Chronicle, the paper received the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography, the George Polk Award for its BALCO coverage of steroid use in baseball, and the White House Correspondents Association’s Poe Award for national reporting, among many others.

As a reporter, Rosenthal (known as “Rosey” to his colleagues) won numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club Award for magazine writing, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for distinguished foreign correspondence, the National Association of Black Journalists Award for Third World Reporting, and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in international reporting.

“We conducted an extensive, nationwide search and Rosey delivered on all fronts–a great reporter, unquestioned integrity and strong management experience,” said CIR Board President Tom Goldstein. “He’s the perfect choice to lead CIR as it enters its fourth decade of hard-hitting, investigative reporting,” he added. Rosenthal begins his new assignment on January 2, 2008.

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