National UFO Reporting Center

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National UFO Reporting Center
TypeNonprofit corporation
HeadquartersDavenport, Washington, U.S.
Key people
Peter B. Davenport, Director, Christian Stepien, CTO

The National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) is a non-governmental, non-profit corporation registered in Washington State, the United States[1] that investigates UFO sightings and/or alien contacts.


NUFORC was founded in 1974 by Robert J. Gribble.[2] It has catalogued almost 90,000 reported UFO sightings over its history, most of which were in the United States.[3] In addition to record keeping, the center has provided statistics and graphs to assist others looking for information. Slate Magazine published an interactive graph published by the current director, Peter Davenport, which showed the density of sightings relative to an area.[4]

Davenport has not claimed that any two phenomena are identical, but has catalogued flying saucers, coloured lights, and triangles, throughout the years.[5] Davenport describes himself as a UFO believer, but skeptic, and has been praised by James Oberg as providing a valuable service in the field.[6] The work has been described as 'secretarial' rather than 'fun', as the years have progressed.[6]

Since its establishment in 1974, the Center has provided a 24-hour hotline phone number for people to report UFO activity that is currently going on in their area.[7] It also has an online form to submit written reports.

Peter Davenport, a businessman holding degrees from Stanford University and the University of Washington at Seattle, who became involved soon after hearing about the Kelly–Hopkinsville encounter,[5] has served as director of the organization since 1994.[7]

The organisation has been used by the Stamford police department in prior years, though events have always had a perfectly reasonable explanation.[8]

Police officers from Lebanon, Missouri, as well as various Arizona law enforcement officials, frequently refer UFO sightings to the organisation, with no explanations forthcoming for some instances.[9][10] Arizona relied on the organisation specifically, in response to the Phoenix Lights incident, which was one of the few sightings Davenport has been on record as proclaiming to be genuine.[11]

Except for donations, the organisation has been almost entirely funded by Davenport himself, which was estimated to cost $500-$5,000 a month.[5][6][12]

Until 2006, the Center was based in Seattle, Washington, but that year it relocated to a bunker in a former nuclear missile site about 50 miles west of Spokane, Washington.[6][13]

Public Reporting[edit]

MUFON, the most prominent UFO data collectors in the US, have worked with the National UFO Reporting Center, to publicise trends in public sightings reporting.[14]

The National UFO Reporting Center has been discussed on the radio show Coast To Coast AM [15] and on Jeff Rense's radio show.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Us". 17 August 2021. Archived from the original on 2022-09-08. Retrieved 2022-09-08.
  2. ^ "The National UFO Reporting Center, Information/General (No page title at top)". Archived from the original on 8 April 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Everything you need to know about UFOs". The Economist. 28 June 2014. Archived from the original on 23 October 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  4. ^ Tchou, Angela (January 11, 2011). "I Saw Four Green Objects in a Formation". Slate Magazine. Archived from the original on September 15, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ a b c "Researcher Feels Certain UFOs Exist". Associated Press Online. August 21, 2005. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  6. ^ a b c d Geranios, Nicholas K. (October 28, 2007). "UFO Reporting Center moves from Seattle to old missile site". The Associated Press State & Local Wire. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  7. ^ a b Tizon, Tomas Alex (28 March 2008). "Seeking UFOs, deep underground". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 23 December 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  8. ^ Landis, David (April 30, 1992). "CELESTIAL ARCHES". USA TODAY. pp. LIFE, 1D.
  9. ^ Geller, Uri (January 24, 2000). "Lawmen encounter the space patrol". The Times. London, UK.
  10. ^ Stevens, Officer Craig A. (January 5, 2000). "Police Report". Millstadt Police Department. Archived from the original on February 4, 2001. Retrieved November 9, 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  11. ^ Price, Richard (June 18, 1997). "Arizonans say the truth about UFO is out there". USA TODAY. pp. 4A.
  12. ^ Conklin, Ellis E. (8 February 2011). "Peter Davenport Believes in UFOs". Seattle Weekly. Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  13. ^ Geranios, Nicholas K. (28 October 2007). "UFO Reporting Center operates out of former missile site". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  14. ^ "American UFO Reports Down 36 Percent After 2012 Spike". The Huffington Post (Blog). March 31, 2013. {{cite web}}: |format= requires |url= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)
  15. ^ Interview with Peter Davenport Archived 2007-01-12 at the Wayback Machine, Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.

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