Centennial, Colo. Jan. 16, 2019 – Colorado Public Radio (CPR) today announced that the organization will launch its first investigative team, thanks to an anonymous $300,000 gift. The initiative will be led by a new position - investigative editor - for which the organization is actively recruiting.
“Investigative reporting is the product of giving skilled journalists the time they need to dig into important subjects,” said Executive Editor Kevin Dale. “We need more journalists asking hard questions, digging through data and holding government and public officials accountable to the communities they serve.”
The investigative team at Colorado Public Radio is another major development in the organization’s multi-year plan to become a leading news source for Colorado. When the vision of this five-person team is fully realized, it will provide critical resources for the community.
“The investigative team will increase the capacity of an already-talented newsroom and create a critical arm dedicated to data-driven, long form stories with high potential for political and social impact,” said Dale. “The community needs this type of reporting, and we look forward to working with other broadcasters and publications - as is the tradition of public media - to share this robust investigative journalism with all of Colorado and beyond."
Under Dales’ leadership, the organization announced plans to grow the newsroom by a third last July, including the addition of regional hubs in Colorado Springs and Grand Junction and a public affairs reporter based in Washington D.C. Once hired, the D.C.-based reporter and investigative editor will be the seventh and eighth new positions in the past six months, joining Public Affairs Reporter Bente Birkeland, General Assignment Reporter Natalia V. Navarro, Digital Innovations Editor Daniel J. Schneider, Morning Editor Andrew Villegas and regional reporters Dan Boyce and Stina Sieg. Later, CPR plans to add three full-time investigative reporters and a data specialist to fully staff the investigative team.
“We’re grateful to the community for providing Colorado Public Radio such strong and loyal support, which together with this form of philanthropic investment will enable CPR to continue building a sustainable journalistic institution for Colorado,” said President and CEO Stewart Vanderwilt.
Colorado Public Radio is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that produces and curates in-depth and meaningful news and music, establishing thoughtful connections to Colorado for listeners seeking to be informed, enlightened and entertained. Roughly 95 percent of CPR’s funds come from the private support of listeners, businesses and foundations.
CPR News delivers in-depth, insightful and impartial news and information from around the world, across the nation and throughout Colorado, examining its relevance to our state and connecting it to our community.
CPR Classical takes listeners on an in-depth exploration of thoughtfully curated music – with an emphasis on Colorado’s classical community – providing context to a broad range of meaningful and compelling works from past to present.
CPR’s OpenAir takes listeners inside the world of new and independent music – exposing them to up-and-coming artists and highlighting Colorado’s local music scene.