The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) is a left-of-center investigative journalism non-profit that operates Reveal News. The organization focuses mostly on political corruption, and is funded by many left-of-center grantmaking nonprofits, including George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Tides Foundation.
CIR’s website address redirects to the Reveal News website.
The Center for Investigative Reporting was founded in 1977 by journalists Lowell Bergman, Dan Noyes, and David Weir in downtown Oakland, California. Throughout the next 40 years, CIR engaged in a wide range of muckraking-style journalism, writing stories on the decline of the Black Panther Party, illegal sales of pesticides by American companies, nuclear weapons testing, and alleged spying by the FBI on political enemies of President Ronald Reagan. CIR reports have appeared on National Public Radio, on “Frontline,” in the Washington Post, and at other prominent news outlets. 
The Center for Investigative Reporting’s major stories in 2021 included an exploration of allegedly dangerous working conditions in Amazon warehouses, alleged abuses in immigrant detention facilities, and a look into the U.S. government’s evacuation of American personnel stationed in Afghanistan. 
In 2020, CIR’s major stories focused on state and federal government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, including California’s deconstruction of medical capacity reserves established under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and inequalities in the distribution of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, as well as stories on alleged racism in reproductive healthcare, allegations of sexual abuse among Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the use of unpaid labor in drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers. 
Planet Aid Lawsuit
According to the Center for Investigative Reporting, in 2016, Reveal News began publishing stories about Planet Aid, a non-profit that has received funding from the U.S. government to provide charitable services in Africa, over potential fraud and bribery. CIR claimed that its reporting and a BBC radio documentary based on it led the British government to stop funding a subcontractor of Planet Aid in Malawi. 
Months after the stories were published, Planet Aid sued CIR for libel in the United States. CIR ceased publishing new stories on Planet Aid, but in November 2019, the organization published an article describing what it called the “frivolous” lawsuit and accusing Planet Aid of attempting to bankrupt CIR and suppress its reporting. 
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Center for Investigative Reporting is dedicated to upholding left-of-center diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles within its organization. In 2018, CIR redoubled its diversity efforts with a plan that included appointing two non-white female board members, hiring or promoting five non-white editors or managers, launching DEI discussion groups, and providing implicit bias training sessions. 
Since at least 2016, CIR has prioritized the hiring of non-white employees, leading to an increase in non-white employees from 25% in 2015 to 37% in 2020. Reveal’s Diversity Report 2020 stated that 60% of new hires were non-white or non-Asian, and 73% of new hires were female. 
In 2020, CIR released a “diversity report” which revealed the race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexual orientation breakdown of its employees and managers. The report also surveyed employees on which social class they identified with (e.g., “working class”), and whether they grew up with “class privilege.” 
The Center for Investigative Reporting is funded by numerous left-of-center grantmaking nonprofits including Arnold Ventures, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,
Catherine Hawkins Foundation, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Democracy Fund, Elizabeth R. and William J. Patterson Foundation, Emerson Collective, Ford Foundation, FThree Foundation, Fund for Nonprofit News at The Miami Foundation, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Gruber Family Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, Hellman Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Inasmuch Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, FJC: A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Park Foundation, Reva and David Logan Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, San Simeon Fund, Tides Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Wellspring Philanthropic Fund.