The Fund for Investigative Journalism

Supporting investigative reporting projects around the world

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  • FIJ receives a $100,000 grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation

    WASHINGTON (February 23, 2010) — The Fund for Investigative Journalism is proud to announce it has received a $100,000 grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, based in Oklahoma City.

    The grant will support reporters working on investigative stories that focus on their states and local communities. It also will provide funds for investigations done by reporters in the ethnic media.

    “This grant will address a pressing need for watchdog reporting in regions where newsroom cutbacks have hollowed out investigative staffs and in communities covered by the ethnic media,” said Brant Houston, president of the Fund.

    Houston said the Foundation,, is playing a key role in ensuring that investigative reporting continues to flourish across the nation by supporting the Fund and other nonprofit journalism efforts.

    Sandy Bergo appointed executive director of The Fund for Investigative Journalism.

    WASHINGTON (January 15, 2010) — Sandy Bergo, an experienced investigative reporter, has been chosen to serve as executive director of The Fund for Investigative Journalism.

    Bergo, who replaces Cheryl Arvidson, has previously worked as an investigative producer for WBBM-TV (Chicago) and WJLA-TV (Washington DC), a senior writer for the Center for Public Integrity, and a freelance investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Monthly. She shared in many awards for her work in television, including the DuPont-Columbia Award, the Peabody Award, and the Investigative Reporting and Editors Award.

    The Fund is a nonprofit organization with a 40 year history of supporting independent investigative reporters with grants ranging from $500 to $10,000. These grants help launch groundbreaking work exposing corruption, malfeasance, incompetence, and societal ills. Shortly after the public-spirited philanthropist Philip M. Stern founded the Fund, it awarded small grants to pay Seymour Hersh’s expenses for investigating the My Lai massacre.

    Agent Orange: A Lethal Legacy

    WASHINGTON (January 7, 2010) – Chicago Tribune reporters Jason Grotto and Tim Jones authored a chilling five-part series describing the devastating health consequences suffered by U.S. military veterans and Vietnamese nationals who were exposed to Agent Orange and other dioxin-laced defoliants during the war in Vietnam. Birth defects have extended the impact to a second generation. But the U.S. government has done little to make amends, either in the United States or overseas.

    Guatemala: A Tale of Two Villages

    Guatemala: A Tale of Two VillagesGreg Brosnan and Jennifer Szymaszek produced a video, Guatemala: A Tale of Two Villages, that appears on Frontline Rough Cuts website. It tells about the Guatemalans who were rounded up in a large immigration raid in Postville, Iowa, and sent back to their home country.

    Surrogacy: Wombs for Rent?

    Wombs for Rent2009  HABIBA NOSHEEN AND HILKE SCHELLMANN – Co-producers of an investigative documentary on surrogacy, Wombs for Rent, that aired on NOW on PBS on Friday, Sept. 18, 2009.

    Murder in the High Himalaya

    Murder in the High HimalayaMurder in the High Himalaya, a book by Jonathan Green about the brutal murder of a 17-year-old nun fleeing to India by Chinese border guards. Will be published in the Spring of 2010.

    Murder in the High Himalaya is the unforgettable account of the brutal killing of Kelsang Namtso—a seventeen-year-old Tibetan nun fleeing to India—by Chinese border guards. Witnessed by dozens of Western climbers, Kelsang’s death sparked an international debate over China’s savage oppression of Tibet. Adventure reporter Jonathan Green has gained rare entrance into this shadow-land at the rooftop of the world. In his affecting portrait of modern Tibet, Green raises enduring questions about morality and the lengths we go to achieve freedom.”

    The Spy Who Loved Us

    The Spy Who Loved UsThomas A. Bass’ The Spy Who Loved Us was published by PublicAffairs in 2009.

    Pham Xuan An was a brilliant journalist and an even better spy. A long-time correspondent for Time and friendly with all the legendary reporters covering Vietnam, he was an invaluable source of news and font of wisdom on all things Vietnamese. At the same time, he was a masterful double agent, a North Vietnamese intelligence agent whose secret reports were so admired by Ho Chi Minh that he clapped his hands with glee on receiving them and exclaimed, “We are now in the United States’ war room!” An inspired shape-shifter who kept his cover in place until the day he died, Pham Xuan An ranks as one of the preeminent spies of the twentieth century.”

    Halliburton’s Army: How a Well-Connected Texas Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War

    Haliburton's ArmyPratap Chatterlee’s Halliburton’s Army: How a Well-Connected Texas Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War, published by Nation Books, was written up in Vanity Fair and praised in other reviews. The book received FIJ’S 2005 Robert I. Friedman award.

    “From Halliburton’s vital mission as the logistical backbone of the U.S. occupation in Iraq—without it there could be no war or occupation—to its role in covering up gang-rape among its personnel in Baghdad, Halliburton’s Army is a devastating exposé of corporate malfeasance and political cronyism. In shocking detail it shows how Halliburton and its former subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) really do business in Iraq, and around the world. “

    Normal at Any Cost

    Normal At Any CostSusan Cohen and Christine Cosgrove’s Normal at Any Cost, was the recipient of FIJ’s $25,000 book award in 2003. The book about hormones that affect the growth of children, was published in March 2009 and widely reviewed.

    Good Germs, Bad Germs

    Good Germs, Bad Germs: Health and Survival in a Bacterial WorldGood Germs, Bad Germs: Health and Survival in a Bacterial World by Jessica Snyder Sachs, winner of the 2005 book award, has been published by Hill and Wang and is available in bookstores. Her argument is that “antibiotic resistance now ranks among the gravest medical problems of modern times”.