John Dunbar

John Dunbar

Project Director
Phone: (202) 481-1240

John Dunbar, formerly head of the Connected project at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, investigating the political influence of the telecommunications and media industries, is now managing editor for politics and finance with the Center for Public Integrity.

He was previously with the Associated Press in Washington, covering information technology and economics, and prior to AP, he spent seven years at the Center, where along with Workshop Executive Editor Charles Lewis, he created Well Connected, an investigation of the political ties of the media and broadband industries. He also contributed to numerous other Center projects.

Between jobs with AP and the Workshop, he led an investigation into the subprime lending industry for the Center. Prior to his work with the Center, Dunbar was an investigative reporter with the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications.

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Can students save journalism?

Can nonprofit organizations and universities save journalism? Are they able to publish quality news and maintain high standards while preparing the next generation? The Workshop's former scholar-in-residence from Norway spent a year studying the issue. See her initial findings about what's working as she heads to the Global Investigative Journalism Conference this week in Lillehammer. 

Fighting in-house censorship

One of the occupational hazards for investigative reporters everywhere is internal censorship. So what can you do, as an individual journalist, if it appears that the great, exciting, investigative story you’ve been quietly exploring and finally have pitched is getting yawns or worse, pushback from your editor?


Most Recent Posts

GIJC begins

More than 1,000 journalists from 120 countries are expected to attend the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Lillehammer, Norway, from Oct. 7-11, including the Workshop's Chuck Lewis and David Donald, who will moderate panels and teach.

Donald to train journalists at GIJC

Data Editor David Donald will do a series of trainings at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference next month in Norway. The idea is to take data journalists already comfortable in basic data analysis and advance their skills — and hence — insight into their data through the use of inferential statistics. 

Lewis begins fellowship in October

Executive Editor Charles Lewis will be a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism from October through early December, researching the possibility of a new multidisciplinary academic field he calls "Accountability Studies,"and more broadly, the "efficacy and potential of increased journalistic and academic data, research and reporting collaboration, in the context of credible, accountability information."

BankTracker updates

We’ve just updated the BankTracker database to include the second quarter, June 30 releases from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the National Credit Union Administration. Many of the presidential candidates in the 2016 campaign are basing their tax proposals and other program goals on a rosy picture of future economic growth. Yet it was only seven years ago that Lehmann Brothers collapsed, threatening the U.S. banking system and economic collapse. If the candidates mention the banks and credit unions at all, they mostly express disdain for the TARP bailouts and other government favors going to the banks during the Great Recession.

Film festival highlights in-depth work

The Investigative Film Festival at the National Portrait Gallery and the Newseum, from Sept. 30-Oct. 2, will feature seven screenings and a two-symposium. The Workshop's executive editor, Chuck Lewis, will moderate the final panel discussion about the documentary film, "1971," based on the book "The Burglary," with journalist Betty Medsger. The panel also will include Edward Snowden via Skype.


Workshop Partners

We publish online and in print, often teaming up with other news organizations. We're working now on a new program with FRONTLINE producers, to air later in the year, and on the "Years of Living Dangerously," a series on climate change that has begun airing on Showtime. A story last year on the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention centers was co-published with The New York Times. Our updates to our long-running BankTracker project, in which you can view the financial health of every bank and credit union in the country, have been published with, now, and we co-published stories in our What Went Wrong series on the economy with The Philadelphia Inquirer and New America Media. Our graduate students are working as researchers with Washington Post reporters, and our new senior editor is a member of the Post's investigative team. Learn more on our partners page.


Investigating Power update

Investigating Power update

Profiles of notable journalists and their stories of key moments in U.S. history in the last 50 years can be found on the Investigating Power site. See Workshop Executive Editor Charles Lewis' latest video interviews as well as historic footage and timelines. You can also read more about the project and why we documented these groundbreaking examples of original, investigative journalism that helped shape or change public perceptions on key issues of our time, from civil rights to Iraq, here.