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Robert J. Rosenthal

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Executive Director


An award-winning journalist, Robert Rosenthal has worked for some of the most respected newspapers in the country, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer and, most recently, the San Francisco Chronicle. Robert worked for 22 years at the Inquirer, starting as a reporter and eventually becoming executive editor in 1998. He became managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle in late 2002 and joined the Center for Investigative Reporting as executive director in 2008.

My priorities

Editing CIR projects; raising money; getting the word out about California Watch and CIR.

Recent Spotlight Articles

Reinventing Journalism: 10 lessons learned (in no particular order)
I’ve learned many lessons in my time at the Center for Investigative Reporting. Some I knew already. Others I had forgotten. And then there were some new things I should have known and had to learn the hard way.
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