Berkeley, CA – August 12, 2015 – The Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley, announced today that The Reva & David Logan Foundation has awarded the nonprofit with a grant to build the program’s infrastructure and to support innovative storytelling.
The IRP is known as the creator, manager and co-producer of major documentaries on stories that others have been afraid to publish. The IRP’s investigations, featured on the PBS NewsHour, NBC Nightly News, and The New York Times, among others, have changed public perceptions on topics such as consumer protection, forensic science, international bribery and corruption, sexual abuse and hazardous working conditions.
“The Logan Foundation’s generous support is a vote of confidence for the future of long-form, narrative filmmaking,” said the IRP’s director, Lowell Bergman, who is also The Reva & David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism. “The grant will allow us to seriously explore new distribution models for our films and to ensure that we’re a permanent part of the university.”
The award, a one-time grant of $2 million over two years, will enable the IRP to secure independence over its reporting. It comes during a time of transition for the IRP. Recently, the IRP left its years-long relationship with Frontline and is in pursuit of new outlets and forms for its work. The award will enable the IRP to establish a “Major Projects Fund,” a fund to provide initial research and reporting for stories, allow the IRP to retain editorial control over its work, and expand its investigative newsroom.
The Logan Foundation has long been a generous supporter of the IRP. Founded in 2006 by Bergman, an award-winning investigative reporter, the IRP was created thanks to David Logan’s original gift of $1.5 million. From a single seminar, the IRP has evolved into a nonprofit newsroom that includes seminars for undergraduate and graduate reporters at UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, as well as a post-graduate fellowship program that has launched the careers of many investigative reporters. Its annual Logan Symposium is a major international event for investigative reporters and editors, setting a new standard for such gatherings.