Classmates and friends, thanks for considering a donation to support powerful investigative reporting in the middle of our country.
I came to Kentucky a year ago to lead Louisville Public Media after many years at NPR, PRI and American Public Media. I believe the hard work of bringing this divided country together needs to happen in the towns and cities far from our coasts. Real news – news that holds the powerful accountable – is needed in every part of the nation.
We created the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting as a separate entity from our Louisville Public Media newsroom. The five-person center has used Kentucky’s progressive public records laws to expose financial corruption at the University of Louisville, abuse in Kentucky’s juvenile justice system, neo-Nazi groups based in the state, and much more.
We collaborate and share our coverage with newspapers, TV stations and radio outlets across the state. Our reporting has been cited or picked up The Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Politico, Gawker, Above the Law, Wonkette and others.
We are small, but mighty, winning awards, running public sessions on how to identify fake news and hosting regional training for other news outlets. We have created a sustainable, community-driven model in a state that deeply needs more watchdogs. We have shown that our investigative model can thrive in the communities that need this work the most.
Your contribution helps us continue to spread our work, hold the powerful accountable and make Kentucky a better and more informed state.
Michael Skoler, BA ’79, Nieman ‘93
President, Louisville Public Media
P.S. – Now through Dec. 31, 2017, donations will be doubled up to $1,000 by News Match partners, including The Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.