The Fund for Investigative Journalism

Supporting investigative reporting projects around the world

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  • FIJ Awards Grants to Investigative Journalists

    WASHINGTON – (January 25, 2011) With financial support from our newest donors – the Gannett Foundation and the Green Park Foundation – the Board of Directors of the Fund for Investigative Journalism has awarded twelve grants to journalists investigating abuse of power, environmental degradation, and corruption in the United States, Asia, Africa, and South America.

    The board awarded $43,000 in grants to cover travel and other reporting expenses for investigative stories that otherwise would not be told. The Fund also has received significant support from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation to make grants for local and regional stories, many with national implications, and for investigations by ethnic media.

    The Fund has supported investigative journalism by independent journalists since 1969. Recently, projects completed with FIJ support include “The Afterlife of Electronics,” an investigation of toxic waste created –  rather than properly disposed  –  by recycling operations in the state of Colorado. The report by I-Team: The Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network tells how electronic waste gets dumped overseas or acquired by backyard operations that generate more hazardous waste as amateurs attempt to mine gold out of computer junk.

    The book Biocidal, written with FIJ support, was recently published, telling the history of PBCs. The book focuses on the manipulation of regulatory agencies and the continuing environmental damage since PCBs were banned. And from East Africa, the story of hazardous agricultural chemicals that continued to be imported from America for sale in developing countries, long after they were banned in the West.  Read more about FIJ-supported projects at where the next deadline for applications will be posted.

    The most recent awards were granted to the following journalists:

    Bob Butler, California-based investigative reporter

    Lynne DeLucia, the Connecticut Health Investigative Team

    Matt Jenkins, contributing editor, High Country News

    Rita Henley Jensen, Women’s eNews

    Jennifer Margulis, Oregon-based author, lecturer, narrative non-fiction writer, editor

    Maggie Mulvihill, The New England Center for Investigative Reporting

    Hella Winston, New York based freelance writer

    Scott Carney, California-based investigative reporter and author

    Mauricio Monteiro Filho, Brazilian reporter and documentary filmmaker

    Dan Grossman, science and environmental writer and contributor, National Geographic News Watch

    Kristin Palitza, photojournalist and writer based in South Africa

    Hilke Schellmann and Habiba Nosheen, multi-media journalists

    The topics of grantees’ investigations are confidential until completed. In addition to critical funding,  grantees receive editorial guidance from mentors through a partnership with Investigative Reporters and Editors.

    The work of FIJ grantees is accomplished with the generous support from individuals, and with grants from foundations including the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Park Foundation, the Green Park Foundation, and the Gannett Foundation.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism is an independent, non-profit organization that has supported hundreds of public service reporting projects since 1969, when it provided funding for Seymour Hersh to investigate a tip about the massacre of Vietnamese civilians in My Lai. His stories won the Pulitzer Prize.

    Journalists with questions about the grant application process are encouraged to contact executive director Sandy Bergo by phone, 202-391-0206, or email,

    The Afterlife of Electronics

    E-Waste2010 I-News: The Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network A six month investigation found what really happens to Colorado’s rising mountain of electronic waste.

    The Legacy of PCBs

    2010 Ted Dracos – In Biocidal, investigative journalist Ted Dracos tells the full story of PCBs for the first time, starting with the chilling chronicle of how the chemical industry manipulated regulatory agencies and scientific findings for decades to continue to reap huge profits, despite their knowledge of the threats posed by their “magic fluid.” Published by Beacon Press.

    Banned Chemicals Sold in Africa

    2010 Wanjohi Kabukuru –  Bad for America, good for East Africa. For decades, Africa has been seen as a dumping ground for toxic waste and other agro chemicals and pharmaceutical products banned in the West…. Published in New African Magazine.

    The Legacy of Apple Trees

    2010 Rebecca Clarren –  Toxic Past, Toxic Present: Banned pesticides linger in neighborhoods that swallowed up former farms and orchards. Published in High Country News.

    The Legacy of PCBs

    Ted Dracos’ book, Biocidal; Confronting the Poisonous Legacy of PCBs, on the role of the chemical industry in contaminating the world with PCBs has been published by Beacon Press. Since PCBs were outlawed in 1976, most people think the problem has been solved. However, PCBs can be found everywhere: the highest mountain peaks to the deepest ocean trenches, in the air, in our veins – even in the tissue of newborn babies. Dracos reports for the first time just how industry manipulated scientific studies and all three branches of government, so the public would believe PCBs no longer posed a threat. Biocidal also presents a blueprint for reducing the impacts of PCBs and other industrial chemicals.

    The Afterlife of Electronics

    E-WasteWhat really happens to e-waste. A report from I-News:  The Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network. Read here what the nonprofit learned about partnering with media.