EMERYVILLE, Calif. – The Center for Investigative Reporting has hired Esther Kaplan to be its new executive editor. 

Credit: Courtesy of Esther Kaplan

Kaplan, currently of Type Investigations, will edit and steer coverage for CIR’s award-winning newsroom alongside Editor-in-Chief Matt Thompson and Executive Producers Amanda Pike and Kevin Sullivan. CIR publishes its work through the revealnews.org website; the Reveal public radio show and podcast, co-produced with PRX; short- and long-form television and documentary projects; and in collaboration with news organizations across the country. 


“We couldn’t be more excited to have Esther join our team at Reveal,” said CEO Christa Scharfenberg. “Esther’s experience as a reporter, editor and mentor to countless journalists leading deep investigations with huge impact speaks for itself.”

Kaplan spent the last eight years as editor-in-chief of Type Investigations after joining as investigative editor in 2008. During that tenure, Kaplan partnered with CIR on numerous investigations, including the George Foster Peabody and ONA Award-winning Monumental Lies, an investigation into public funding of Confederate monuments that distort history. Other projects edited and supervised by Kaplan, in collaboration with a range of media partners, have won the George Polk Award, the National Magazine Award, News & Documentary Emmy Awards, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and the IRE Medal, among other honors.

“Not only has Esther cultivated a magnificent body of work that has yielded enormous impact for the good of society, the vast network of journalists she has edited and mentored and the collaborative approach she has pioneered at Type are shaping the field of journalism,” Thompson said. “Her experience, talent, judgment and ambition could not be a better match for this newsroom at this moment.”

Before joining Type, Kaplan was a senior editor for The Nation. She has edited for POZ magazine, written and edited for The Village Voice, and produced and co-hosted a show for WBAI in New York. Her own reporting has been featured in numerous books and magazines. 

Kaplan will join CIR on Oct. 21. She will report to Thompson.

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Pablo Manriquez is the former communications manager for Reveal. Previously, Manriquez was the news communications director at Roll Call in Washington, where he lived for 10 years while occupying a number of roles in media, including Fox News pundit and Obama campaign operative.