- About CIR
Mark Katches is the editorial director for The Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, he built and ran investigative teams at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Orange County Register. Mark was the primary editor of Pulitzer Prize winning projects in both 2008 and 2010 and has edited or managed five other stories that have been Pulitzer finalists since 2004. Projects he has edited or directed have also won the George Polk Award, the IRE award, and the Scripps-Howard National Journalism Award as well as the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Worth Bingham Prize, the Sigma Delta Chi Award and the National Headliner Award. Multi-platform projects produced by CIR staff under Mark's guidance have won a national News & Documentary Emmy, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, and an Edward R. Murrow Award for radio reporting. He has overseen projects or web sites that won four Online Journalism Awards in the last decade, in addition to logging more than a dozen OJA finalists. In 2001, he was part of a reporting team that won the Gerald Loeb and IRE awards for a series of stories detailing the rising profits from the human tissue trade. He completed a Punch Sulzberger Fellowship at Columbia University in 2013 and has taught reporting classes as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and Stanford University. Mark served on the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors for four years and oversaw the IRE mentorship program for six years.