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CIR, The Bay Citizen begin new era as merged organization

May 1, 2012

The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) and The Bay Citizen begin working as a merged organization today, under the leadership of Executive Chairman Phil Bronstein and Executive Director Robert J. Rosenthal.

CIR, NPR release ‘Under Suspicion,’ a look into private counterterrorism efforts

September 7, 2011

An investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting and NPR News reveals that federal programs have placed seemingly innocent Americans in “suspicious activity” reports – often without their knowledge.

CIR, California Watch named finalists in online news awards

September 1, 2011

The Center for Investigative Reporting was named a finalist in five categories, including four with California Watch, in the Online News Association awards.

Newsrooms combine forces to cover high-speed rail

August 11, 2011

California Watch wanted to bring media outlets across the state together as collaborators, and this vision is taking shape as a group of news outlets joined forces to cover high-speed rail.

On eve of 2nd birthday, California Watch set to open Southern California bureau

July 14, 2011

California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting will open a Southern California bureau in August.

CIR promotes Mark Katches and Chase Davis to new leadership positions

April 29, 2011

Mark Katches has been promoted to editorial director, and Chase Davis will be CIR's director of technology. Hearst executive Phil Bronstein has been elected as CIR's chairman of the board.

California Watch releases "On Shaky Ground" — a 19-month investigation into seismic safety at public schools in California

April 7, 2011

Investigation reveals the Division of the State Architect shirked responsibility to fully enforce the law, approving at least 20,000 school building projects without final safety certification.

California Watch publishes and distributes "Ready to Rumble" coloring and activity book to help prepare kids ages 5 to 10 for an earthquake

April 7, 2011

Book is available in English, Spanish, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese and Vietnamese as part of “On Shaky Ground,” California Watch’s 19-month investigation into seismic safety at public schools in California. The book is available for free from California Watch.

California Watch releases myFault app for the iPhone

April 7, 2011

App helps Californians find out just how close they are to seismic hazards. App also offers an emergency supply checklist, as well as a simple flashlight

California Watch launches media network

Jan. 28, 2011

California Watch today launched the California Watch Media Network and announced its first members, which include some of the state’s largest and most reputable news organizations.

CIR's California Watch project wins prestigious Online Journalism Award

Nov. 1, 2010

California Watch, a project of the Center for Investigative Journalism, won an award for General Excellence from the Online News Association this past weekend.

Center for Investigative Reporting joins Public Insight Network

Oct. 29, 2010

Network will provide investigative journalists with new opportunities to engage the public and fellow journalists on issues that impact their communities.

California Watch investigations continue to reach millions throughout the state

Jan. 12, 2010

California Watch, a project of the Center for Investigative Reporting, is continuing to implement a distribution model that is reaching millions of Californians with multimedia investigations.

Class size report reaches diverse communities

Dec. 7, 2009

California Watch's class size investigation was distributed in five languages and through many media outlets.

California Watch and KQED announce editorial collaboration

Nov. 9, 2009

California Watch, a division of the Center for Investigative Reporting, and KQED Public Radio today announced a new editorial collaboration that will expand the exposure of investigative and other high-impact stories produced by California Watch, for the benefit of listeners statewide.

California Watch story on KGO and two dozen other outlets around the state

Sept.11, 2009

California Watch launched its first project today, an investigation into homeland security grant spending by agencies around the Golden State. Versions of this story ran in more than two dozen news organizations—newspapers, TV, and online news sites.

Center for Investigative Reporting hires high-profile journalist for its new California Watch reporting team

July 31, 2009

The Center for Investigative Reporting announced today that it has hired Lance Williams as an investigative reporter covering money and politics for CIR's new California Watch project.

Editorial director named for California reporting project

June 10, 2009

Award-winning editor Mark Katches will be joining CIR from Milwaukee.

Center for Investigative Reporting launches California-focused initiative

May 8, 2009

The Center for Investigative Reporting is launching a new statewide reporting initiative to produce in-depth multimedia journalism specific to California and to engage the public on issues of critical importance to the state.

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