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 comprised of reporters, editors and computer-aided reporting experts who dig deep and deliver national and international investigative journalism of enduring significance.

Our Mission: To serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.

The Center 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.


General editorial inquiries: 202-466-1300
Media inquiries: media@publicintegrity.org and 202-481-1205

Our mailing address

The Center for Public Integrity
910 17th Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20006

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 the Center been around?

The Center 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 the Center until 2005.

How is the Center funded?

The Center for 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 the Center’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 the Center?

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.

But for more sensitive information, or when you want to blow a whistle on government misdeeds, you may want to remain anonymous while providing us with leads, data and documents we can use to both tell your story and verify and illuminate it through our own independent reporting. For such cases, we urge you to be extra-cautious and use one of these methods to reach us.


SecureDrop is an open-source data submission system developed by the Freedom of the Press Foundation to protect whistleblowers and to encourage more whistleblowing. You can find information here about how to reach the Center for Public Integrity this way to securely and anonymously leak documents. Even we won’t know who you are, unless you want to tell us. (Download this source guide for more information on using SecureDrop.)

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

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 the Center’s books and e-books?

Check out our books and e-books here.