About Us

Founded in 1989 by veteran journalist Charles Lewis, the Center for Public Integrity is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit news organizations in the country. Our Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom is composed of reporters, editors and data journalists who dig deep and deliver national and international investigative journalism of enduring significance.

Our mission: To protect democracy and inspire change using investigative reporting that exposes betrayals of the public trust by powerful interests.

The Center for Public Integrity is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that does not engage in advocacy. We value and are committed to hiring employees from diverse backgrounds. We are a participant of the Shorenstein Center’s Single Subject News Network. Along with our colleagues at The War Horse, The Marshall Project, The Trace, Chalkbeat, The Hechinger Report, ProPublica, The Texas Tribune and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, we share information on how nonprofit and independent outlets like ours can best engage with readers like you.

Contact: General editorial inquiries: 202-466-1300

Media inquiries: media@publicintegrity.org and 202-481-1232

Our mailing address: The Center for Public Integrity, 910 17th Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20006 USA

Major Funders

Adessium Foundation Laura and John Arnold Laura and John Arnold Foundation California Endowment Carnegie Corporation Democracy Fund Leonardio Di Caprio Foundation Ford Foundation Gold Bay Foundation Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Kresge Foundation John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Andrew McCollum and Gretchen Sisson Park Foundation, Inc. Public Welfare Foundation Fred and Alice Stanback Wyncote Foundation See our full list of donors here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Center for Public Integrity do?

We are a nonpartisan investigative newsroom that uncovers abuses of power and influence. Our coverage areas include politics — at both the national and state levels, business, environment, workers rights, immigration and national security.

How long has Public Integrity been around?

Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by veteran journalist Charles Lewis, formerly an investigative reporter for ABC News and a producer of CBS News’ 60 Minutes. Lewis served as the executive director of Public Integrity until 2005.

How is Public Integrity funded?

Public Integrity is fortunate to enjoy the generous support of foundations and individuals around the world. Funding supports our editorial priorities, but it never determines Public Integrity’s editorial direction. We maintain a strict firewall between funding and our editorial content. Our funders and donors support us because our investigations are nonpartisan, fair, have impact and raise the level of debate on complex issues of critical, global importance.

How can I leak to Public Integrity?

If you have a story for us, you can always reach our reporters and editors through email or contact our tips line at tips@publicintegrity.org — or simply dial us at 202-466-1300. You may also reach us the old fashioned way by simply sending material to our mailing address, but without including your return address: The Center for Public Integrity 910 17th Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20006 USA. For an added layer of security, we recommend using a neighborhood mailbox instead of a post office when mailing your envelope.

Where can I read Public Integrity’s past books and e-books?

Check out our books and e-books here.