Investigative editors network

Helping local news thrive

Investigative Editing Corps links experienced investigative editors with local news organizations that want to do investigative reporting. It was founded in 2017 by Rose Ciotta, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative editor who co-edited “Assault on Learning,” an investigation into violence in the Philadelphia schools that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Funding support from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation in 2020 made it possible for investigative editors to work with nine news organizations from North Carolina to California, including two pilots with Report for America newsrooms. A partnership with the Logan foundation and Report for America is funding up to 10 projects through 2024. Investigative Editing Corps editors will mentor emerging journalists in investigative reporting.  

Investigative Editing Corps recognizes that investigative reporting requires trained editors and producers who can bring these projects to fruition. It also recognizes that many newsrooms have suffered waves of staff cuts but, at the same time, there are many experienced investigative editors who are eager to help.

This project creates a way for newsrooms to stretch their resources and for editors to work with local reporters and editors to uncover stories important to local communities. The editors will help local newsrooms do stories needed for democracy to survive.

What journalists are saying about Investigative Editing Corps

  • Layoffs, buyouts and staff reorganizations
    have created a vacuum of investigative project management in many newsrooms.

    Doug Haddix, former executive director, Investigative Reporters & Editors
  • Editors are connectors between the facts reporters gather and the people who need this information, the hidden strength and standard-bearers for investigative journalism. The Investigative Editing Corps is a great idea to support every newsroom and help journalists do their best on the most important stories they investigate to serve the public.

    Sue Cross Executive Director CEO Institute for Nonprofit News
  • As quickly as our industry changes, the one constant is the need for investigative journalism. A program, such as Investigative Editing Corps, would ensure that small newsrooms could make a difference.

    Lisa Micco, former executive editor, Beaver County Times
  • Like a great source or a smoking gun document, the creation of an investigative editing corps will help the next generation of investigative reporters break the stories critical to the health of American democracy. Because, as the great editor, John Carroll liked to say, in a democratic society there is no mightier sword than the written word.

    Vernon Loeb, executive editor of Inside Climate News
  • The hands-on mentorship I received from Investigative Editing Corp transformed me from a journalist into an investigative reporter... I’m no longer the same person I was – I am more capable of delivering impactful journalism, and I am more motivated than ever to go for it.

    Danielle Gamble, former reporter/city editor, Olean Times Herald
  • It’s critical for local newspapers to turn over rocks and reveal facts that help set the public agenda in local communities, but most newspapers now lack the editing punch to launch such projects and bring them to successful completion.

    Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues
  • As the former leader of a small but ambitious investigative newsroom, I know how important it is to have editing support. The Investigative Editing Corps is an idea whose time has come.

    Susan Smith Richardson, managing editor of The Guardian
  • With shrinking newsrooms and constant threats of survival, reporters are often denied a path to become great investigative journalists. The Investigative Editing Corps is the perfect answer to this crisis, providing editorial oversight and real mentorship and training for young journalists, helping them to meander the complex challenges of investigations and produce the stories that make a difference now and in the future.

    Duane Pohlman, chief investigative reporter/anchor WKRC-TV, Cincinnati, Ohio

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Founder & Executive Director

Rose Ciotta



As a veteran reporter and editor, Rose Ciotta wanted to do something to help save local news. An alumna of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University, she won the support of The Jim Bettinger News Innovation Fund to pilot Investigative Editing Corps in two local newsrooms. She’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative editor who co-edited an investigation of violence in the Philadelphia schools that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Senior Advisors

Robert J. Rosenthal

Robert J. Rosenthal

Senior Advisor

Robert J. Rosenthal is a board member and an executive producer at The Center for Investigative Reporting. An award-winning journalist, Rosenthal has worked for some of the most respected newspapers in the country, including The New York Times ...

Melanie Sill

Melanie Sill

Senior Advisor

Melanie Sill has been a leader and change-maker in senior executive roles at The News & Observer of Raleigh, Sacramento Bee, and Southern California Public Radio/KPCC. At The N&O, she directed the project “Boss Hog: NC’s Pork Revolution,” ...

Djordje Padejski

Djordje Padejski

Senior Advisor

Djordje Padejski is the associate director at John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University. He is an international award-winning investigative journalist, focused on technology innovations that could change journalism ...


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