I’m Christa Scharfenberg, the acting CEO of The Center for Investigative Reporting, the organization behind Reveal.
I joined CIR 15 years ago, when we were one of the only nonprofit investigative news organizations in the country. As the journalism industry has gone through tectonic shifts over the past decade, we’ve grown from a small team reporting a few investigations a year to one of the largest investigative newsrooms in the nation with a steady flow of high-impact stories, our own radio show and podcast co-produced with PRX, and ambitious documentary film projects.
The thing that has kept me here for all those years is our track record of impact, our hunger for creativity and innovation in how we tell our stories, and our commitment to diversity — in the stories we tell and the people who tell them.
And then there are the 65 passionate, relentlessly curious, justice-seeking journalists (and those of us who support them) who work obsessively to get to the bottom of the most vexing problems — with important scoops, unique exposés, in-depth analysis and rapid results.
These stories can take months, sometimes years, to report. The work is expensive, time consuming and requires a strong backbone to take on powerful interests. But in this age of disinformation, there is nothing else I’d rather be doing.
We need you to invest in this work, too. Today, we are launching a new membership program to make it easier for you to support our work. As a nonprofit news organization, we’re funded by foundation grants and people like you who believe in the value of fearless investigative reporting.
I hope you will consider becoming a sustaining member by setting up a recurring donation. Together we can keep the pressure on powerful people, institutions and interests.