Hello? Can you hear me? I’m in California dreaming about our hourlong investigative radio show – going weekly, after New Year’s.
We have some big, big plans, which will take our listeners – and readers of our website – into uncharted territory, bringing you along as we dig up dirt week after week, from the wastelands of Africa to the warehouses of Atlanta and the wetlands of Antioch (California).
But that’s not what this video by associate producer Rachel de Leon is all about. It’s about the work she and the rest of the Reveal staff do every day to coax those hidden corners of our world into the light, for you.
We make the hundreds of calls that you can’t make. We push for the thousands of documents that you can’t find. We analyze the millions of lines of data that you can’t tackle. We capture the conversations that you can’t hear.
And even though it can be frustrating, here is our resolution to you: We won’t give up.
Video credits: Director, Camera, Editor: Rachel de Leon Second Camera: Lukas Kreibig Vocalist: Rachel Witte Reporters (in order of appearance): Emmanuel Martinez, Amy Julia Harris, Nathan Halverson and Katharine Mieszkowski
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Amy Pyle is editor in chief at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, guiding a team of editors, reporters and producers who produce unique in-depth national stories for the web, radio and video. Her primary goals are exposing wrongdoing and holding those responsible accountable, and increasing diversity in the ranks of investigative reporters. In the past year, CIR has established a fellowship program for aspiring investigative journalists of color and another for women filmmakers. Amy has worked at CIR since 2012, previously serving as a senior editor and managing editor. Rehab Racket, a collaboration with CNN that she managed on fraud in government-funded drug and alcohol rehabilitation, won the top broadcast award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. The Reveal radio version of an investigation she oversaw on an epidemic of opiate prescriptions at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs won a George Foster Peabody Award. Previously, as assistant managing editor for investigations at The Sacramento Bee, she managed “Chief's Disease,” a story about pension spiking at the California Highway Patrol, which won George Polk Award. Amy worked as a reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times for more than a decade where, as assistant city editor, she directed coverage from the parking lot of the Times’ quake-damaged San Fernando Valley office in the early morning hours after the 1994 Northridge earthquake. That work earned the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting. Amy has a bachelor’s degree in French from Mills College and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.