CIR announces $3.5M in grants for Reveal, promotion for Alvarado

By Andrew Lapin

The Center for Investigative Reporting secured two major grants backing ongoing production of Reveal, the public radio series it developed and  piloted with Public Radio Exchange.

Alvarado

Alvarado

The Reva and David Logan Foundation provided the largest gift — $3 million to support the show over three years — and the Ford Foundation contributed a two-year, $500,000 grant. CIR announced the funding commitments July 10.

CIR, a nonprofit multiplatform investigative newsroom based in Emeryville, Calif., began co-producing Reveal with Public Radio Exchange last fall. The show, hosted by Al Letson, features long-form investigative reporting; three pilot episodes have been produced to date. It’s offered for public radio broadcasts over PRX and directly to listeners as a podcast.

CIR paired its grant announcement with news of two promotions. Joaquin Alvarado, chief strategy and operations officer at the center, is stepping up to chief executive. Alvarado joined CIR in 2012, after departing his role as senior v.p. for digital innovation at American Public Media. In addition, Managing Editor Robert Salladay is stepping up to editorial director.

CIR and PRX have not yet announced details of Reveal‘s launch as an ongoing production, although an upcoming episode will feature a story reported in collaboration with the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica, according to the news release.

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