American Public Media Receives $1.5 Million Grant, Pasadena's KPCC Will Benefit

Published : Saturday, November 18, 2017 | 5:28 AM

KPCCPasadena station KPCC 89.3 is one of four public radio stations benefiting from a $1.5 million grant given by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to American Public Media (APM), to lead a new investigative journalism initiative.

A Corporation for Public Broadcasting press release Wednesday said aside from KPCC, the other regional public radio stations included in the initiative are Kansas City Public Media (KCUR), New York Public Radio (WNYC), and Public Broadcasting Atlanta (WABE).

The release said APM’s Peabody award-winning investigative and documentary group APM Reports will partner with the four stations to produce a stream of investigative stories over the next two years. The initiative aims to fill gaps left by newspapers that have cut their reporting ranks in recent years. The stations will build on their demonstrated strength and accomplishments in investigative journalism, and, together, represent a broad geographic sweep of the country.

APM Reports will complement the stations’ journalism with research, data, and reporting support. APM will also organize ongoing training for journalists at the partner stations. Each partner station will encourage current or newly hired journalists to pursue investigations that will resonate regionally or nationally.

Chris Worthington, managing director and editor-in-chief at APM Reports, will serve as editor-in-chief of the project.

“A healthy democracy needs investigative journalism,” Worthington said. “Without it, the powerful go unchecked, and the voiceless have no voice. The initiative strengthens public media’s role in the Fourth Estate at a time when trusted, fact-based news is more important than ever.”

CPB is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967. It is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting and helps support the operations of nearly 1,500 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide.

KPCC is one of the most-listened-to public radio stations in the country, serving the region’s diverse communities on the air, online, and in person. KPCC’s 2015 multimedia investigative series, “Officer Involved,” which explored the data and stories behind police shootings in Los Angeles County, won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award. The series was recently extended into San Bernardino County.

In 2016, KPCC helped launch the California Counts Collaborative, an election-year partnership with KQED, Capital Public Radio, and KPBS San Diego, supported by CPB and the James Irvine Foundation. KPCC also hosts a veterans and military issues reporter as part of the three-station American Homefront Project and has collaborated with the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism, Kaiser Health News/California HealthLine, NPR, and Marketplace, among others.

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