Pulitzer-winning journalist Wes Lowery, Medill Dean of Journalism Charles Whitaker and former PricewaterhouseCoopers accomplice Krishen Mehta are becoming a member of the Center for Public Integrity’s Board of Directors.
The new Board members join 14 other directors in serving to advance the work of one of many nation’s oldest nonprofit investigative journalism organizations.
“I am delighted to welcome three extraordinary new members of our Board: Wes Lowery, Dean Charles Whitaker and Krishen Mehta. Each of them will play an important role as Public Integrity increases its investigative reporting on inequality, elevates its national profile and builds a sustainable organization capable of thriving in the changing environment for nonprofit journalism,” stated Board Chair Jim Kiernan.
Lowery, Mehta and Whitaker will start their three-year phrases in January 2021.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join the board of the Center for Public Integrity. Rigorous journalism that holds power to account has never been more important, and I’m honored to be associated with the important work done each day by CPI journalists,” stated Lowery, a Pulitzer-winning journalist, writer and correspondent for CBS News.
Lowery was beforehand a nationwide correspondent on the Washington Post, specializing in problems with race and legislation enforcement. He led the crew awarded the Pulitzer for National Reporting in 2016 for the creation and evaluation of a real-time database to trace deadly police shootings within the United States.
“Through its mission, the Center for Public Integrity represents my personal values relating to social justice. And through its investigative journalism, the Center manifests those values into public action. I am honored therefore to be part of this institution,” stated Mehta, a former accomplice of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Mehta has been actively engaged with points regarding the structural roots of worldwide inequality and the influence on developed and creating nations.
“Having long been an admirer of the work the Center for Public Integrity does to promote and preserve our fragile democracy, I am honored to join its Board at this critical juncture in our nation’s history,” stated Charles Whitaker, dean at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.
He beforehand served because the Helen Gurley Brown Professor and affiliate dean of journalism for the college. Since becoming a member of the Medill college in 1993, he has taught programs in information writing, journal writing and modifying and running a blog. For 9 years, Whitaker directed the Academy for Alternative Journalism in an effort to deal with the sector’s lack of range. Before becoming a member of the Medill college, Whitaker was a senior editor at Ebony journal.
These new additions to the Board affirm Public Integrity’s elevated dedication to creating a company that each displays the nation and has the talents, expertise and sources to deal with the various challenges journalism faces, from credibility to income fashions, stated CEO Susan Smith Richardson.
“We’re in a moment of profound change in the nation and our industry,” Richardson stated. “Our new Board members are bringing new insights and experiences to support Public Integrity’s ongoing work to create journalism that speaks to the needs of people across the country and changes policies, hearts and minds.”
The Center for Public Integrity was based in 1989 by former 60 Minutes producer Charles Lewis with the mission of exposing abuses of energy by authorities and company pursuits. Among its many noteworthy current tasks contain acquiring and publishing secretive White House Coronavirus Task Force experiences, forcing state officers to be extra accountable on pandemic containment points; a reporting sequence exposing the hidden hand of lobbyists and special-interest teams in shaping statehouse legal guidelines that received the Goldsmith Prize,