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David Ritsher

David Ritsher

Senior Editor, TV and Documentaries


David Ritsher is the senior editor for TV and documentaries for Reveal. He has produced and edited award-winning investigative documentaries for over 15 years, on subjects ranging from loose nukes in Russia to Latino gangs in Northern California. His work has appeared on FRONTLINE, PBS NewsHour, ABC News, National Geographic, Discovery, KQED and other national broadcast outlets. Before joining CIR, David was the coordinating producer for FRONTLINE/World for over six broadcast seasons and championed much of its experimentation with video on the web.


Chasing Energy

Plowing Through Sacred Sites

In the middle of the night in fall 2013, California Department of Transportation workers dug into the earth to construct a new highway bypass in Willits. According to federal law, the local Pomo people had a right to send tribal monitors there, but they allegedly were barred from the nighttime construction.

Apr 14, 2017
Chasing Energy

One Year at Standing Rock

One year later, one of the first people to set up camp at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation reflects on the protests and how the movement has changed the course of her life.

Apr 10, 2017

How America’s tallest dam nearly overflowed

After the water in Lake Oroville reached the highest level since 1985, officials released more water from the dam through its main spillway. But a massive sinkhole split the spillway, prompting the evacuation of 180,000 in nearby communities. We built a 3D flyover of the time and charts to show what lead up to these events,

Feb 17, 2017
Criminal Justice

Video: Sterilized Behind Bars

  Elective sterilizations have been restricted in state prisons since 1994. But between 2006 and 2010, more than 100 women were sterilized at state prisons. While some women opted for the surgery, other have claimed they were pressured. Corey G. Johnson from The Center for Investigative Reporting and Ana Kasparian from The Young Turks speak

Nov 6, 2013

Who Took Down Stockton?

Since 2010, 33 municipalities across the country have filed for bankruptcy. Not since the Great Depression have so many cities been so broke. No other place in the U.S. has borne the brunt more than the Central Valley city of Stockton, Calif. – the largest city in American history to file for bankruptcy. Now, the

May 20, 2013

Behind the Story: Nostalgia for the Light

Director Patricio Guzmán – famed for his political documentaries “The Battle of Chile” and “The Pinochet Case” – talks about his latest film, “Nostalgia for the Light.” The film played at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2011. Guzmán traveled 10,000 feet above sea level to the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert in Chile, where astronomers from all

Apr 25, 2012

Behind the Story: ‘Incident in New Baghdad’

Oscar nominee James Spione discusses his documentary about U.S. Army veteran Ethan McCord’s life-changing experiences at the scene of one of the most notorious events of the Iraq war: an American helicopter attack that killed two Reuters journalists, along with a group of mostly unarmed civilians, on the streets of Baghdad in 2007.   TRANSCRIPT

Mar 19, 2012