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Fellows work on an investigative project over a year, receiving mentorship and support from Reveal, in addition to a $10,000 stipend to augment their salary. 

About the Fellowship

Reveal’s Investigative Fellowship supports journalists in local newsrooms in developing investigative reporting skills. The yearlong fellowship focuses on early- to midcareer reporters and producers in the United States. 

We want to work with journalists who: 

  • Seek to uncover secrets.
  • Hold the powerful accountable.
  • Deeply understand the communities they cover.
  • Are great teammates and collaborators.
  • Bring a wide variety of life experiences to our team.

Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting is committed to making the field of investigative journalism more diverse. Diversity is essential to achieve our mission of telling untold stories that weed out corruption and abuses of power. For that reason, we strongly encourage journalists of color, diverse backgrounds and economic hardship to apply, as well as people from other groups that are underrepresented in our field. We also highly value the ability to work in multiple languages, audio and video experience, and an openness to experimentation, as well as curiosity and kindness with others.

Unlike fellowships that require residency, those chosen for the Reveal Investigative Fellowships work with our editors and reporters for close to a year on an investigative project but remain employed at their home newsrooms – the majority of which are local outlets. This means that the skills they gain can be shared in real time with their editors and colleagues, and the work they produce can be published jointly by Reveal and their outlets. 

Reveal provides fellows with extensive training and mentorship throughout the fellowship term, including on-site training in the San Francisco Bay Area (contingent on state and local public health guidance), travel reimbursement, networking opportunities and a $10,000 stipend to support the resulting text, audio, video or multimedia projects. The stipend is meant to be supplemental to the salary fellows are receiving from their home newsrooms and is not meant to be the sole source of income for the reporters.

For applicants who are employed full time in a home newsroom, the newsroom must agree to allocate some of the fellow’s time over the next year to reporting for the fellowship, as well as publishing the final project in conjunction with Reveal. The time commitment will fluctuate, but we expect that the fellowship will consume 10-15 hours per week at first and that it will be a near full-time commitment for two to three months.  

The Reveal Investigative Fellowship program is made possible with generous support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 

Previous Fellowship Rounds 

We are proud to say that almost 20 reporters have been part of the program, many have been honored with awards, and their reporting is yielding impact. Learn more about their projects below. 

2020-21 Investigative Fellows

2018-19 Investigative Fellows

2017-18 Investigative Fellows

2016-17 Investigative Fellows