Since The Center for Investigative Reporting was founded almost 40 years ago, our very foundation has been built on partnerships: partnerships with other news outlets that have delivered our reporting to the world, partnerships with other journalists that have made our reporting even stronger and partnerships that have helped get our stories to the people most affected by them.

Partnerships also are at the heart of the new “Reveal” radio show and podcast that we’ve launched with PRX. And today, we are thrilled to announce our collaboration with nonprofit journalism rock star The Texas Tribune.

In its launch in 2009, the Tribune has quickly become one of the most dynamic and influential news organizations in Texas and the nation.

Neena Satija is a reporter for The Texas Tribune.
Neena Satija is a reporter for The Texas Tribune.Credit: The Texas Tribune

The Tribune and CIR have jointly hired an Austin-based reporter who will produce investigative audio segments for “Reveal” – based on both original reporting and the great work of other Tribune journalists.

Tribune followers will immediately recognize that reporter: She’s their own talented, aggressive and creative environmental reporter, Neena Satija. Long-form radio reporting will come easily to Neena, who worked at WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio prior to joining the Tribune. In her time in Texas, she’s continued to produce environmental radio segments for PRI’s The World.

For years, we have hoped to find a way to formally work with the Tribune, and we are excited to partner with its team. There is no shortage of important Texas stories and – let’s face it – larger-than-life characters that, together, we will bring to the airwaves.

Stay tuned for the announcement of more of these kinds of sustainable partnerships, which will significantly expand the national audience for great local and regional investigative reporting that matters.

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Christa Scharfenberg is a former 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.