Christa Scharfenberg is CEO of The Center for Investigative Reporting. She joined CIR in 2003 as communications manager and has been a leader in its growth from a small nonprofit news organization, producing a handful of stories a year, to a multiplatform newsroom that reaches millions of people monthly through public radio, podcasts, documentaries, social media and the web. She managed the launch and growth of Reveal, CIR's Peabody Award and duPont-Columbia University Award-winning national public radio show and podcast, produced with PRX. She has been an executive or senior producer of documentaries for CIR, including the Academy Award-nominated film “Heroin(e),” numerous FRONTLINE co-productions and the independent film “Banished,” which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Scharfenberg is a member of the Poynter Institute's National Advisory Board and was a 2014 Punch Sulzberger Program fellow at Columbia University Journalism School. Prior to joining CIR, she was associate director of the Film Arts Foundation in San Francisco. She is based in CIR’s Emeryville, California, office.
As more people tune in to Reveal, we’re going to try something new: Break up our hourlong radio show and release one story a week. That means 15 minutes each week that you can take with you wherever and whenever you want to listen.
The Center for Investigative Reporting today received two Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California Chapter.
CIR and the San Francisco Film Society present Behind the Story: Under Suspicion at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Film Society’s new theatrical home, San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema (1746 Post St., San Francisco).
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California Watch releases “Reinventing Journalism,” Executive Director Robert J. Rosenthal’s account of joining the Center for Investigative Reporting and launching California Watch.
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Join Facing History and Ourselves in Palo Alto on December 3rd
CIR co-presents Ellsberg documentary screenings at the Mill Valley Film Festival
Join Robert Rosenthal and Phil Bronstein for panel discussion Sept. 26.
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