Fund for Investigative Journalism Expands Board and Elects New Members to Continue Increasing Impact

WASHINGTON, DC, March 27, 2024 – The Fund for Investigative Journalism, which has grown significantly over the last few years to meet the sharply increased need to sustain in-depth reporting, has expanded its board of directors and elected four new members.

The Fund’s board now has 14 members, all accomplished journalists, who review and vote on grant applications from reporters. The four newly elected members of the board are:

  • Gerald Jordan, professor emeritus of journalism at the University of Arkansas and former editorial writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer and Boston Globe
  • Kimbriell Kelly, former assistant managing editor and Washington bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times and former Washington Post investigative reporter
  • Vernon Loeb, executive editor of Inside Climate News and former politics editor at The Atlantic and managing editor at the Houston Chronicle
  • Bernice Yeung, managing director of the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley, and former reporter at ProPublica and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting

The Fund’s board is now comprised of a majority of members outside of Washington, DC, and New York; half of the board members are journalists of color and more than half are women. Board members are elected to three-year terms and can be elected to two terms.

“As funds to support local journalism have dwindled and newsroom staffs throughout the U.S. have been slashed, our board is committed to help meet the critical need for public-service reporting,” said Bill Marimow, president of the Fund’s board.

The Fund for investigative journalism, founded in 1969, provides grants and other support directly to reporters for groundbreaking stories. Last year, the Fund supported 120 new investigative projects – double the number of new grants the previous year and triple the number from just a few years ago.

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