Center for Investigative Reporting Announces Hiring of Susanne Reber


Berkeley, CA – The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) announced today that Susanne Reber has been named senior coordinating editor for multiplatform projects and investigations.  Reber, who joins CIR from NPR, where she built and led NPR's first investigations unit, will now lead CIR’s national and international investigative and enterprise reporting projects. She will also guide CIR’s team of health and environment reporters.

“Susanne is a powerhouse in the investigative reporting community,” said Mark Katches, editorial director for CIR. “She has an established track record of producing high-impact investigative stories, telling them on multiple platforms and collaborating with major national media partners to make sure the stories reach as broad an audience as possible.”

Reber’s reporting team will produce work for all of CIR’s branded products, including The Bay Citizen and California Watch.

Reber, who will take on her new position in June, joins a first-rate project editing team that includes Managing Editor Robert Salladay, a former Los Angeles Times reporter; Senior Editor Amy Pyle, the former assistant managing editor for investigations at the Sacramento Bee, who will join CIR on May 31; Sharon Tiller, director of digital media for CIR; and senior producer and editor Steve Talbot.  CIR, which has expanded its editing and reporting team with its recent merger with The Bay Citizen, now has more than 45 reporters, editors, producers and data analysts focused on enterprise and investigative reporting. 

“Investigative journalism has gone through enormous change over the last several years, but one thing has remained the same – CIR’s leadership position in the field,” said Reber.  “This organization has some of the strongest journalists in the world and an innovative leadership team that is constantly embracing new technologies and strategies for reaching new audiences.  I am absolutely thrilled for the opportunity to work with the very best in the industry and believe that as successful as CIR has been, we are only going to get better.”

In 2010, Reber joined NPR as deputy managing editor of its first investigations team, where she led the organization’s investigations as well as collaborations with CIR, ProPublica, PBS Frontline, PBS Newshour, Center for Public Integrity, and the Investigative Reporting Program at Berkeley. Under her leadership the NPR investigative unit received numerous awards, including Peabody Awards, Robert F. Kennedy Awards, Dart Awards from Columbia University, a Gracie Award, a White House News Photographers Association Award, Edward R. Murrow Award and Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards for meritorious public service in journalism. 

Prior to joining NPR, Reber built an investigative program at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), where she led its news investigative unit from 2003 to 2009.  Her work contributed to the investigative unit's 2008 Michener Award, two annual prizes for the top investigative story from the Canadian Association of Journalists, as well as awards from the Online News Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Radio Television News Directors Association.

To set up an interview with Reber or to secure photos, please contact Lisa Cohen at 310-395-2544.

About Center for Investigative Reporting

The Center for Investigative Reporting is the nation's oldest nonprofit investigative news organization. CIR reports have reached the public through television, print, radio and the web, appearing in outlets such as 60 Minutes, PBS Frontline, NPR, The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Politico and U.S. News & World Report. CIR stories have received numerous journalism awards including the Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia University Silver Baton, George Polk Award, Emmy Award, Scripps Howard Award, Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, and a National Magazine Award for Reporting Excellence. In 2012, CIR received the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. CIR reports have sparked federal legislation, policy change at all levels of government, public interest lawsuits, reforms in corporate practices and a major United Nations resolution. In 2009, CIR founded California Watch, which is now the largest investigative team covering the state. In April 2012, CIR merged with The Bay Citizen, which now produces accountability reporting for the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, visit


Contact:  Lisa Cohen