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Robert J. Rosenthal

Robert J. Rosenthal

Board Member, Executive Producer


Robert J. Rosenthal is a board member and an executive producer at The Center for Investigative Reporting. An award-winning journalist, Rosenthal has worked for some of the most respected newspapers in the country, including The New York Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer and the San Francisco Chronicle. Rosenthal worked for 22 years at the Inquirer, starting as a reporter and eventually becoming its executive editor in 1998. He became managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle in late 2002, and joined CIR as executive director in 2008. Before joining the Inquirer in 1979, Rosenthal worked as a reporter for six years at The Boston Globe and three-and-a-half years at The New York Times, where he was a news assistant on the foreign desk and an editorial assistant on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Pentagon Papers project. As a reporter, Rosenthal won numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club Award for magazine writing, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for distinguished foreign correspondence, and the National Association of Black Journalists Award for Third World Reporting. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in international reporting. Rosenthal was a Pulitzer Prize judge four times. He has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.


You and CIR make a difference

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Nov 18, 2013
Inside the Newsroom

One powerful newsroom: The Center for Investigative Reporting

At CIR, we believe journalism that moves citizens to action is an essential pillar of democracy. For more than three decades, CIR has relentlessly pursued and uncovered injustices that otherwise would be hidden from the public eye. Today, we are upholding this legacy and looking forward, working at the forefront of journalistic innovation to produce important stories that make a difference and engage our audiences across the aisle, coast to coast, and worldwide. What drives our work isn’t profit – it’s impact.

May 20, 2013
National Security

Report of ‘Shooter’ film false

There has been a report that a Hollywood production company called Zulu 7 has purchased the rights to Phil Bronstein's story "The Shooter," about the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden, and to the rights to The Shooter's life story as well. This report is false. No one has contacted Bronstein or The Shooter

Feb 26, 2013
National Security

Editor’s note: Why the Shooter’s story needs to be told

“The Shooter,” today’s story about the Navy SEAL who says he killed Osama bin Laden, was published in cooperation with Esquire. It is part of the Center for Investigative Reporting’s ongoing coverage of the challenges veterans face after leaving military service. Phil Bronstein, CIR's executive chairman and a longtime journalist, met the Shooter more than

Feb 11, 2013
Inside the Newsroom

Craigslist founder will collaborate with CIR

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark will be a frequent visitor to the Center for Investigative Reporting in the months ahead, with the goal of learning more about how investigative reporters do their work and how CIR is creating its multimedia storytelling. Craig, who concedes a deep interest in but not a great deal of knowledge about

Jan 31, 2013