Join our members for a conference call with Phil Bronstein, CIR’s executive chairman and author of “The Shooter,” and me on Thursday at 9 a.m. PST. 

Bronstein’s piece, published with Esquire, and our accompanying graphic novel video, tell the extraordinary story of The Shooter, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden, and his struggle to return to civilian life after leaving the U.S. military. During last month’s member conference call, we talked with our reporter Aaron Glantz, who has been reporting on U.S. veterans issues for years. He found that it takes an average of nine months for the Department of Veterans Affairs to process disability claims.

Since “The Shooter” was published Feb. 11, we are already seeing an impact: a meeting with top congressional leaders about veterans issues, an outpouring of support and job offers for The Shooter from around the country, and an increase in the national dialogue about what happens to veterans when they leave the military. 

Join us to get the inside story.
When: Thursday at 9 a.m. PST
Meeting Wall:
U.S. number: 530-881-1212
U.S. toll-free number: 855-212-0212
Meeting ID: 710-741-070

Instructions: At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into the conference line. When prompted, enter the meeting ID, followed by the pound key. To join the meeting online, click on the Meeting Wall link above, then press “Join.” On the next page, enter your name and email address, then press “Submit.” The system will guide you through the process of downloading the meeting dashboard to participate.

And, if you have questions you’d like to ask Bronstein, please email us at We’ll try to get to as many as we can.

Robert J. Rosenthal

Robert J. Rosenthal is the chief executive officer at The Center for Investigative Reporting. Rosenthal was the executive director of CIR from January 2008 to spring 2017. When he joined CIR, it had a staff of seven and when he left, it had a staff of nearly 70 and was recognized as one of the leading nonprofit newsrooms in the country. He is an award-winning journalist and worked for some of the most respected newspapers in the country, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the San Francisco Chronicle. Rosenthal worked for 22 years at The Inquirer, starting as a reporter and eventually becoming its executive editor in 1998. He became managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle in late 2002 and left in 2007. During this time, he led the investigation into the murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey. That work became known as the award-winning Chauncey Bailey Project. Before joining The Inquirer in 1979, Rosenthal worked for six years as a reporter at The Boston Globe and three and a half years at The New York Times, where he was a news assistant on the foreign desk and an editorial assistant on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Pentagon Papers project. As a reporter, Rosenthal won numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club Award for magazine writing, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award for distinguished foreign correspondence and the National Association of Black Journalists Award for Third World reporting. He was a Pulitzer finalist in international reporting and was a Pulitzer judge four times. He has been an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Rosenthal is also currently advising or on the board of multiple journalism nonprofits. In 2018, Rosenthal was named a fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists for his “extraordinary contribution to the profession of journalism.”