You and CIR make a difference

I believe you visit our website because you’re looking for more than quick headlines. You might even be looking for the same thing we are – reporting that reveals abuses of power and produces actual change. Your support for The Center for Investigative Reporting will be a strong vote of confidence in journalism to produce something we both deeply desire: Results.  

Our investigations trigger outrage and pressure from the public that lead to legislative and legal reforms. Acting as a public watchdog, we keep the pressure on by providing hard hitting investigative reporting to major news organizations, daily newspapers and local television stations. The tangible results from these stories often depend on our ability to seek records from state and federal agencies. But freedom of information is a constant struggle, with obstacles that might surprise you.

“Freedom of Information.” Real weapon or empty words?

Today, I ask for your contribution to support CIR and its fight for freedom of information so we can deliver to the public the full facts and report the workings of vast agencies, powerful individuals, distant officials and complex government programs.

Make a gift to The Center for Investigative Reporting

Your contribution gives real strength to original, independent investigative reporting in the public interest. We'll report every breakthrough to you by email, online, editorial conference calls and at CIR events so you will know exactly how your dollars are working for justice.

Meanwhile, thank you for supporting our reporters, producers, data analysts, editors and engineers in their fight for freedom of information. A free unfettered press is crucial to democracy and requires diligence and dedication from each of us.

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