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News & Stories from FIJ Grantees and Fellows 

We Know Female Genital Mutilation Has Been Happening in the US

Journalist Suman Naishadham, writing in VICE, reports on the first federal prosecution of a female genital mutilation case in the U.S., and traces the surprisingly vexed history of the tradition here. The case has reignited a longstanding debate over what constitutes...

FIJ Seeks New Executive Director

Washington, August 29, 2019 – The Fund for Investigative Journalism is seeking a full-time executive director to succeed Sandy Bergo, who will be retiring at the end of the year, after leading the nonprofit for ten years. A search committee is actively seeking...

FIJ Executive Director Sandy Bergo to retire in 2019

WASHINGTON — Fund for Investigative Journalism Executive Director Sandy Bergo today announced that she will retire at the end of 2019. Bergo has led the organization since she was appointed by the Board of Directors in 2010. “Sandy has brought significant growth and...

Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation Gives FIJ New Grant

FIJ is pleased to announce that the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation has again approved a donation of $25,000 to support our grants for domestic investigations. We also received a $5,000 donation that will go to a challenge grant of $25,000, given earlier this year by...

FIJ at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention

The Fund for Investigative Journalism organized a panel at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Miami, on August 7 to talk about the nitty-gritty of grants for journalists. FIJ board member Lottie Joiner and Director of Operations Ana Arana...

The Power Brokers

“Juiced," a report by Will Carruthers and FIJ grantee Peter Byrne, looks at how California power giant PG&E  oiled political machinery after the 2017 and 2018 California wildfires that killed more than 100 people and caused vast destruction in residential...

Poisons in Washington State’s Puget Sound

In 2017, the U.S. Navy scraped the hull of the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Independence directly into Puget Sound, dumping tons of toxic, copper-laden debris into Sinclair Inlet near Bremerton, Washington. Now environmental groups, the Suquamish Tribe and the...

FIJ Awards Grants to 10 Investigative Journalists

The board of directors of the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has awarded $57,000 in 10 grants to investigative journalists in its most recent round of funding. The grants will help cover the costs of reporting work, such as travel, document fees, and other...

The Impact of Fracking Boom in Ohio: Who’s Listening

Julie Grant, with The Allegheny Front, a Pittsburgh-based public media news outlet, examined how Ohio agencies are reacting when residents, landowners, and activists raise concerns about the oil and gas industry in their communities. Grant produced Who's Listening, a...

A Postcard from FIJ Executive Director Sandy Bergo

At the Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference, Houston, June 14. Executive Director Sandy Bergo explained to a roomful of journalists the ins and outs of applying for a Fund for Investigative Journalism grant. In the tradition set forth by founder Philip...

California won’t prosecute all violators of data-privacy law

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says his office is ill-equipped to prosecute violations of the state’s landmark data-privacy law, which takes effect in January, the San Francisco Public Press reported. Only a handful of the most egregious cases will be...

FIJ Diversity Fellow featured at IRE Panel in Houston

Angelika Albaladejo, a Fund for Investigative Journalism Diversity Fellow working with The Marshall Project, was featured in a panel at the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Houston on June 13. The panel focused on how to report on people from...

Is New York State’s Justice Center Just?

The Justice Center for the Protection of People With Special Needs investigates abuse and neglect in New York State facilities. But Alisa Partlan and Hella Winston found out the agency's work procedures may be causing more harm to both residents and caregivers. They...

Announcing FIJ’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Join us at The Fund for Investigative Journalism’s 50th Anniversary Dinner featuring a Conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh Thursday, October 24, 2019 National Press Club 529 14th Street, NW Washington, DC We hope you will join us as we...

A Postcard from FIJ Executive Director Sandy Bergo

(On a break from the Reva & David Logan Symposium on Investigative Reporting at the campus of the University of California – Berkeley.) At the conference we heard Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists describe “how the sausage is made,” that is, how reporters come up...