Imagine you’re a pot reporter. Pot as in weed, marijuana, bud. What could possibly go wrong when you cover a drug that is legally contentious but widely tolerated? CIR reporter Michael Montgomery finds out the hard way.
Independent Multimedia Producer
Carrie Ching is an award-winning, independent multimedia journalist and producer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. For six years, she led digital storytelling projects at the Center for Investigative Reporting as senior multimedia producer. Her multimedia reports have been featured by NPR.org, The Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, Grist, Time.com, Fast Company, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, KQED, PBS NewsHour, Salon.com, Mother Jones, Public Radio International, Poynter, Columbia Journalism Review and many other publications. Her specialty is crafting digital narratives and exploring ways to use video, audio, photography, animation and interactive graphics to push the boundaries of storytelling on the Web, tablets and mobile. Her work has been honored with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Best of the West, the Online News Association, Scripps Howard, The Gracies, and was part of the entry in a Pulitzer-finalist project. Prior to her time at CIR she was a magazine and book editor, video journalist, newspaper reporter and TV comedy scriptwriter. She was on the 2010 Eddie Adams Workshop faculty as a multimedia producer working with MediaStorm to teach digital storytelling techniques to photojournalists. She completed a master’s degree in journalism at UC Berkeley in 2005.
Video: The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden
The following story is based on a series of interviews with the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden. To protect his identity, we are not using his real voice. Reported by Phil Bronstein of the Center for Investigative Reporting in cooperation with Esquire
Video: In Jennifer’s Room
A young developmentally disabled woman just wanted to be left alone. What happened next shattered a family.
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With rise in young painkiller abusers, officials see more heroin overdoses
With the steady rise of prescription drug abuse across the state, young pill addicts are succumbing in increasing numbers to another vice: heroin. For young people who otherwise might have been turned off by the needles and track marks associated with intravenous drug use, switching from abusing pills perceived as “clean” and “safe” to snorting […]
The hidden costs of hamburgers
Americans love hamburgers – we each eat an average of three a week. But what are the hidden costs? It turns out that livestock create about as much greenhouse gas pollution as cars, planes and other forms of transport. They also take a heavy environmental toll on land and water worldwide. How can we reduce our impact? […]
Animation: Suspect America
After 9/11, the government began encouraging local police, private security and everyday Americans to report so-called “suspicious activity” that may indicate a security threat. More than 15,000 reports are already compiled in one database that can be searched nationwide by law enforcement authorities. Taking photos of landmarks, walking “nervously” and writing in a notebook are […]
The Price of Gas
What’s the price of gasoline? In the U.S. it’s about $4 a gallon. But some experts say the true price of gas is much higher. What about the costs of pollution, and the global and local problems caused by it? Who pays for those? This animated feature from the Center for Investigative Reporting calculates the […]
Lobbyists push asbestos use in the developing world
Report finds asbestos industry mimicked tobacco: create doubt, contest litigation, delay regulation.
South Africa’s Shadows: A Journey into the “Bad Buildings” of Johannesburg
In the shadows of the World Cup stadium in Johannesburg, correspondent Christopher Werth visits innercity neighborhoods where the challenges to provide decent housing for hundreds of thousands of South Africans are coming sharply into focus. Werth’s reporting was supported in part by a grant from CIR’s Henry Demarest Lloyd Investigative Fund. + Watch part one […]
Out of Bounds? Cape Town’s Cleanup for the World Cup
As soccer stars and fans converge in South Africa for the World Cup, Christopher Werth travels into the Cape Town slums to investigate reports that people are being displaced to make way for the games. Werth’s reporting was supported in part by a grant from CIR’s Henry Demarest Lloyd Investigative Fund. + Watch part two […]