Center for Investigative Reporting and The Young Turks Network Launch ‘TYT Investigates’


For Immediate Release

May 20, 2013                                               

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Center for Investigative Reporting and The Young Turks Network Launch ‘TYT Investigates’


Organizations collaborate to deliver investigative reporting and panel discussions to millions of young online viewers

SAN FRANCISCO and LOS ANGELES – The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) and TYT Network are collaborating on a new investigative video news production, “TYT Investigates,” that will feature high-quality, high-impact investigative videos and panel discussions targeted at the viewers who have watched The Young Turks YouTube Channel more than 1 billion times since 2005.

The first documentary, “Who Took Down Stockton?,” examines how Stockton, Calif., became the largest city in American history to file for bankruptcy. The piece, published Monday, May 20, at 3 p.m. PST, highlights the key characters and decisions that brought the city to the brink and traces the trail all the way back to Wall Street. Watch it now on TYT or CIR’s investigative YouTube channel, The I Files.

With support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, CIR will report and produce four episodes of “TYT Investigates,” which will feature an original 20- to 30-minute documentary investigation and an in-studio panel discussion led by Cenk Uygur, The Young Turks founder and co-host. CIR producer Chavala Madlena, formerly with The Guardian in the United Kingdom, will be the producer and correspondent for the four episodes. CIR will be responsible for the editorial content, and The Young Turks will be the primary distribution and promotion platform for the partnership. 

“We are the largest online news show in the world because we tell our audience the truth about what’s happening in the world,” Uygur said. “Our viewers have an appetite for thought-provoking and high-impact journalism, and we think the ‘TYT Investigates’ channel speaks directly to them. The award-winning Center for Investigative Reporting has been breaking stories for years that demand accountability from government, corporations and others in power.  We think the combination of CIR’s world-renowned in-depth reporting and our ability to reach millions of young, active citizens hungry for the truth is going to be a groundbreaking moment for investigative journalism in the 21st century.”

“TYT Investigates” will air on The Young Turks YouTube channel and website; CIR’s YouTube channel dedicated to investigative videos, The I Files; and CIR’s website. CIR is one of the few nonprofit news organizations that produce high-quality, high-impact investigative videos in-house. Its staff includes highly skilled investigative reporters who cultivate sources and find hidden information, engineers and data analysts who create sophisticated news applications and tools to help the public understand issues, and video producers who create engaging documentaries and animated features to demystify complex topics.

Robert J. Rosenthal, CIR’s executive director, said: “CIR pursues stories that have not been told elsewhere. We go deep with our investigations. CIR's goal is to expose issues and problems that, once revealed, can lead to positive change, even solutions. We want our work to make a difference, to have impact. We are constantly exploring new platforms and engaging new partners to reach the public. The Young Turks Network has a loyal audience that is hungry for news. This partnership has the potential to take our work to a new audience. This is an opportunity to reach young people who not only watch the news, but discuss, share and act on the stories they watch.”

The Young Turks Network has been revolutionizing video-based news with its popular daily online program, “The Young Turks,” which has attracted more than 1 billion online views on YouTube since December 2005. “The Young Turks” and Uygur have a dedicated and growing online and television audience that is particularly strong among audiences in the 18-to-45-year-old demographic. They also have access to talent and studio space to produce in-house panel discussions for the documentaries.


“The Young Turks” is the largest online news show in the world, covering politics, pop culture and lifestyle. The teleprompter-free show is one of the top 50 YouTube partners, with more than 35 million views a month and more than 1 billion total views on The Young Turks YouTube channel. “The Young Turks” received the 2013 People's Voice Webby Award for best news and politics series, 2011 News/Politics Shorty Award, Best Political Podcast 2009 at the Podcast Awards and Best Political News Site 2009 at the Mashable Awards.

“The Young Turks” is the flagship show of the TYT Network, which includes “What the Flick?!,” “TYT University,” “TYT Sports,” “TYT Interviews” and “The Point” (on Town Square, a YouTube original channel), as well as new shows and channels, including “Pop Trigger,” “Nerd Alert” and “TYT Comedy.”


Investigative reporting is an essential pillar of a democratic society. For more than three decades, The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) 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, please visit