I believe you visit our website because you’re looking for more than quick headlines. You might even be looking for the same thing we are – reporting that reveals abuses of power and produces actual change. Your support for The Center for Investigative Reporting will be a strong vote of confidence in journalism to produce something we both deeply desire: Results.  

Our investigations trigger outrage and pressure from the public that lead to legislative and legal reforms. Acting as a public watchdog, we keep the pressure on by providing hard hitting investigative reporting to major news organizations, daily newspapers and local television stations. The tangible results from these stories often depend on our ability to seek records from state and federal agencies. But freedom of information is a constant struggle, with obstacles that might surprise you.

“Freedom of Information.” Real weapon or empty words?

Today, I ask for your contribution to support CIR and its fight for freedom of information so we can deliver to the public the full facts and report the workings of vast agencies, powerful individuals, distant officials and complex government programs.

Make a gift to The Center for Investigative Reporting

Your contribution gives real strength to original, independent investigative reporting in the public interest. We’ll report every breakthrough to you by email, online, editorial conference calls and at CIR events so you will know exactly how your dollars are working for justice.

Meanwhile, thank you for supporting our reporters, producers, data analysts, editors and engineers in their fight for freedom of information. A free unfettered press is crucial to democracy and requires diligence and dedication from each of us.

Questions about membership? Contact Membership Manager Derek Lance at dlance@cironline.org.

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.”