THE CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING AND PRX ANNOUNCE SECOND PILOT OF ‘REVEAL’ –
LATEST EPISODE OF PUBLIC RADIO’S FIRST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING SHOW AVAILABLE MARCH 1
First ‘Reveal’ Pilot Aired on More Than 140 Public Radio Stations
EMERYVILLE, Calif., and CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Embargoed until Saturday, March 1, 2014, 12:01 a.m. PT) – The Center for Investigative Reporting and Public Radio Exchange announced today that the second pilot of the public radio reporting program “Reveal” will debut on stations nationwide starting March 1. The one-hour show features a series of in-depth investigations including an investigation by public radio station WBEZ and the Chicago Reader into the big business of drug running from El Paso, Texas, to Chicago's south and west sides, to the suburbs and across the Midwest. In addition, “Reveal” features a look at New York City’s Rikers Island, one of the largest jails in the world. Hundreds of teens – most of whom are awaiting resolution of their cases – have been put in solitary confinement at the jail, a practice widely condemned as a form of punishment.
In September 2013, CIR and PRX released the first pilot of “Reveal,” which aired on more than 140 public radio stations, including eight of the top 10 media markets. PRX estimates that the pilot program was heard by about 410,000 public radio listeners in fall 2013. The show broke CIR’s investigation about unusually high rates of opiate prescriptions by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Within weeks of broadcast, a House subcommittee investigation confirmed and expanded on the investigation’s findings.
“Reveal” is a first-of-its-kind radio show that brings listeners deep into current investigations, captures the drama and high stakes of the reporting process, follows the impact of stories and reports to the audience what happened – or did not happen – as a result of the investigation. A third pilot will air in June.
In addition, “Reveal” expands on the stories heard on the air with digital elements, offering original video, animation and interactive components on revealradio.org and for public radio stations that broadcast the show to use on their websites. Data and reporting resources are shared with stations to provide reporters and producers with information to localize stories and maximize impact in their markets.
“One of our core goals at CIR is to produce stories that have an impact,” said Robert J. Rosenthal, CIR’s executive director. “Public radio's ability to reach wide and diverse audiences across the country through compelling and distinctive story is special. ‘Reveal’ combines that with a robust online presence, allowing us to create content across platforms and allowing the public opportunities to dig deep into an investigation.”
“Listeners expect public radio to tell stories with meaning and substance,” said Jake Shapiro, CEO of PRX. “ ‘Reveal’ delivers the highest-value reporting on stories deeply relevant to curious, engaged listeners.”
The show’s executive producers are Susanne Reber, CIR’s director of digital media, and Ben Adair, a veteran of public radio. Al Letson, host of the public radio show “State of the Re:Union,” is the host of the pilot episodes. John Barth, managing director of PRX and a founding producer of Marketplace, oversees PRX’s editorial and distribution role and works with Joaquin Alvarado, CIR’s chief strategy officer, on “Reveal.”
Listen to both pilots at revealradio.org. Follow the show on Twitter at @Reveal and on Facebook at facebook.com/revealradio.
ABOUT THE CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING
Investigative reporting is an essential pillar of a democratic society. For more than three decades, The Center for Investigative Reporting has relentlessly pursued and revealed injustices that otherwise would remain hidden from the public. Today, we’re upholding this legacy and looking forward, working at the forefront of journalistic innovation to tell the stories that make a difference and reach diverse audiences of all ages, across the aisle and worldwide. CIR stories appear in hundreds of news outlets, including NPR News, PBS FRONTLINE, PBS NewsHour, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Sacramento Bee, The Daily Beast and American Public Media’s Marketplace. CIR stories have received numerous journalism awards, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, George Polk Award, Emmy Award, Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Its reports have sparked state and federal hearings and legislation, public-interest lawsuits and changes in corporate policies. For more information, visit cironline.org.
PRX is an award-winning nonprofit public media company harnessing innovative technology to bring compelling stories to millions of people. PRX.org operates public radio’s largest distribution marketplace, offering thousands of audio stories for broadcast and digital use, including “The Moth Radio Hour,” “Sound Opinions,” “State of the Re:Union,” “Snap Judgment” and “WTF with Marc Maron.” PRX Remix is PRX’s 24/7 channel featuring the best independent radio stories and new voices. PRX is also the leading mobile app developer for public media, with apps such as Public Radio Player, Radiolab, This American Life, WBUR, KCRW Music Mine and more.
PRX was created through a collaboration of the Station Resource Group and Atlantic Public Media and receives support from public radio stations and producers, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Sloan Foundation.