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KyCIR’s journalism is free to all on the web. We intend to keep it that way. But this work takes time, resources and money. We need your support.

Your donation will directly fund our newsroom and our news-gathering efforts. And in addition to backing our public service journalism, you garner benefits like membership to Louisville Public Media, which operates three public radio stations in addition to our newsroom.

We believe investigative journalism is a necessity, not a luxury. Your support helps fill our gas tanks as we drive across the state, knocking on doors and digging through records. It pays for our equipment, our reporting tools, our telephone lines. It helps in our fight for public documents that public agencies try to keep hidden.

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Public service journalism and watchdog reporting aren’t always the biggest click-getters on the Internet. If clicks were our goal, we’d post cat videos, buzz worthy lists, celebrity gossip.

We rely on philanthropic giving and memberships to fuel this newsroom.

That’s where you come in. Like what you read or heard? Thought we provided useful information or provoked thought or action? Want to assist in our fight for public transparency and access? Support us. Contribute.

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Job Opening, Investigative Reporter

Are you a great radio or video storyteller looking to get into investigative reporting, or a veteran muckraker looking to get into radio and video?

Louisville Public Media’s award-winning Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting is hiring. We want an experienced and dogged reporter who has a track record of uncovering and telling great stories that make an impact. We offer support, career development and a state full of dark corners (with a deep history of corruption) that’s always in need of accountability.

Kentucky? Absolutely. It’s the home of national politicians like Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, big health care and big bourbon. Louisville is one of the best cities in the nation for foodies and culture, where you can live comfortably on one full-time salary.

If you care about powerful storytelling, know how to work sources, enjoy FOIA requests and hard data, this is the team for you. We want curiosity, good news judgment and a sharp eye for broader issues and themes.

Our trio of public radio stations (news, classical and adult rock) is beloved in the city, and KyCIR has broken major stories in our first three years. We’ve exposed sexual harassment at the statehouse and well-paid rural jailers who no longer have jails to run. We’ve shined light on shady financial deals at a major public university and outed the draconian (and illegal) practice of banishing repeat offenders. And there’s much more.

Our work has won national and regional journalism awards and regularly appears in newspapers and on news sites across the state. We believe our nonprofit model is the future of investigative reporting, we have big plans, and we’re looking for a reporter who wants to build a national reputation.

Send your letter, resume, three work samples and a list of references to:

Louisville Public Media is an equal opportunity employer. That means we want a newsroom dedicated to racial, ethnic, LGBTQ, religious, economic and educational representation.

Summer Fellowship Opportunity

Are you obsessed with finding the story? Do you believe that great journalism is the best way to hold our community leaders accountable? KyCIR is looking for you.

KyCIR seeks talented people who crave new skills and aren’t afraid to tackle big projects. As a summer fellow, you will work with our staff, report and produce stories.

Our ideal candidate is creative and thoughtful when interacting with online communities and building relationships, deft with social media and interested in accountability journalism.

What We Require:

  • Background in journalism
  • Experience with public records and the Open Records Act
  • Strong writing, communications skills
  • Interest in accountability journalism
  • Organized, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments.
  • Creative, flexible, and responsible.
  • Skepticism, inquisitiveness

Send your resume, clips and a cover letter in an email with the subject line “KyCIR Fellow” to This paid position begins late May and ends in early August. There is room for flexibility on start/end dates based on your school schedule. Questions? Contact Brendan McCarthy or Rachel Firkins by calling 502.814.6500.

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The KyCIR team with 2016 summer fellow Will Wright, a University of Kentucky senior.


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