Mark Katches is the editorial director for the Center for Investigative Reporting, which includes California Watch and The Bay Citizen. Previously, he built and ran investigative teams at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Orange County Register. Mark was the primary editor of Pulitzer Prize-winning projects in both 2008 and 2010 and has edited or managed five other stories that have been Pulitzer finalists since 2004. Projects he has edited or directed have also won three George Polk Awards and two Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards, as well the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, Worth Bingham Prize, Sigma Delta Chi Award and National Headliner Award. In 2001, he was part of a reporting team that won the Gerald Loeb and IRE awards for a series of stories detailing the rising profits from the human tissue trade. Mark has taught reporting classes at Stanford University, UC Berkeley and the University of Southern California. He served on the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors and oversaw the IRE mentorship program for most of the last decade.
Building our team and our website; getting the word out about California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting; finding new ways to work with media partners; distributing content as widely as possible; and blogging as much as time allows.