Craigslist founder Craig Newmark will be a frequent visitor to the Center for Investigative Reporting in the months ahead, with the goal of learning more about how investigative reporters do their work and how CIR is creating its multimedia storytelling.

Craig, who concedes a deep interest in but not a great deal of knowledge about the challenges of investigative reporting, will be observing and sharing his insights with CIR’s engagement and marketing team. We think he can help us with honing our skills on distributing CIR’s online work to targeted groups and help expand online communities.

“I’m a news consumer,” said Newmark, who is a donor to CIR. “I just want news I can trust.”

Newmark continues to work with other journalism organizations, like the Poynter Institute, to support and advance better practices in the profession. He is also a board member of The Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C.

Having Craig around from time to time is going to be interesting for all of us. He has a deep curiosity about information and the way it’s gathered and distributed, and also has expertise in the creation of community, customer service and audience engagement.  

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.”