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Posted inEnvironment

Plan B: Adapting to a Warmer World

Most of the current reporting on climate change is neglecting to ask a critical question: What should we do to prepare ourselves to live in a warmed world? “Plan B: Adapting to Warmer World,” a six-part radio series by Marketplace in association with CIR, begins to answer this question. If the investments, lifestyle changes and […]

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Posted inInside the Newsroom

Robert J. Rosenthal named Executive Director of the Center for Investigative Reporting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2007 CONTACT: Christa Scharfenberg, 510-809-3171, christa@cironline.org BERKELEY–Robert J. Rosenthal, an award-winning journalist with nearly 40 years of experience, has been named Executive Director of the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), the first and oldest nonprofit journalism organization in the world devoted to producing original investigative reporting. Since 1977, CIR has […]

Posted inCriminal Justice

Defining a Whistleblower: The Legal Precedents

The Whistleblower Protection Act—the modern legal shelter for federal whistleblowers—was last strengthened by Congress in 1994. Since then, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit—currently the only appeals court that can hear government whistleblower cases—has single-handedly changed the meaning of whistleblower protections. When the Federal Circuit rules on a case, it often creates […]

Posted inCriminal Justice

The Whistleblowers: Selected Case Studies

The whistleblowers below are not all protected by the current Whistleblower Protection Act, which does not cover federal employees who work at certain national security agencies, in certain scientific or research capacities, nor does it extend to private contractors. The whistleblower legislation circulating in the House and Senate aims to protect many of the whistleblowers […]

Posted inCriminal Justice

The War on Whistleblowers

America’s whistleblower courts were created to ensure federal employees could fearlessly speak out about government abuse, corruption and mismanagement. This CIR/Salon investigation reveals that the system set up to protect whistleblowers has instead been used to punish them. At whistleblower court, employees lose nearly 97 percent of the time. >> Read the story on Salon.com […]