Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

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Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
EstablishedJanuary 2009
FocusInvestigative and public interest journalism
DirectorAndy Hall
LocationMadison, Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is a nonprofit investigative news organization housed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.[1] The organization's stated mission is to "increase the quality and quantity of investigative reporting in Wisconsin, while training current and future generations of investigative journalists."[2]

In 2013, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker vetoed a provision of the state's biennial budget that would have prohibited collaboration between the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Center.[3][4] Under the terms of the proposed provision, the Center would have faced eviction from the University of Wisconsin's campus, where it has its offices. Republicans in the Wisconsin State Senate had sent the bill to the governor's desk by voting to remove the Center from the University's campus due to questions over the Center's funding sources and a concern that the Center's work was biased against conservatives.[5][6]

The Center is a founding member of the Institute for Nonprofit News (formerly known as Investigative News Network), a group of nonprofit journalism organizations.[7] Journalist Bill Lueders worked at the center for four years, writing about the intersection of money and politics, before becoming associate editor of The Progressive in 2015.[8]

The Center's funders include the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the McCormick Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations. The Open Society Foundations, funded by George Soros, contributed $535,000 to the Center between 2009 and 2014.[9][10] In 2013, the Center, along with MinnPost, received a $100,000 grant from the Joyce Foundation. The grant was given to assist the Center in covering political reform, environmental protection and gun violence issues in Wisconsin.[11]

In 2017, The Center won a Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society for Professional Journalists.[12][13]


  1. ^ "Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism". Nieman Journalism Lab. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  2. ^ "What we do". Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  3. ^ Craver, Jack (July 2, 2013). "How the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism won". Capital Times. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  4. ^ Kimball, Joe (July 1, 2013). "Veto means Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism stays at UW-Madison". MinnPost. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  5. ^ Herzog, Karen (June 5, 2013). "Investigative journalism group sounds alarm over state budget action". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  6. ^ Clark, Anna (June 5, 2013). "Watch out, watchdogs". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  7. ^ "The Investigative News Network". Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  8. ^ Lueders, Bill (May 23, 2015). "Money & Politics: Reflections on the flow of money". Beloit Daily News. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  9. ^ Fuhrmann, Lauren (May 22, 2015). "Dee J. Hall named first managing editor of Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism". WisconsinWatch.org. Institute for Nonprofit News. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  10. ^ Kittle, M.D. (May 22, 2014). "Will reporters workshop on 'dark money' follow the left's secret money trail?". Wisconsin Watchdog. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  11. ^ Kramer, Joel (April 25, 2013). "Joyce Foundation makes a grant to MinnPost and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism". MinnPost. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  12. ^ Kristen Hare (1 May 2017). "How a Wisconsin couple grew an idea from a basement office into an investigative institution". Poynter Institute. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism wins top national award for drinking water project". WisconsinWatch.org. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2017.