John Dunbar

John Dunbar

Project Director
Phone: (202) 481-1240
jdunbar@publicintegrity.org

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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Incubating new economic models for journalism.

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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?

Blogs

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Reporters reflect on journalism’s highest honor

What does it mean to win a Pulitzer? The Workshop recently spoke with winning journalists to learn about how Pulitzer values have inspired their work and their advice for aspiring young reporters.

Internship app deadline Feb. 1

The Investigative Reporting Workshop is looking for smart, engaged students from around the country for internship positions in the summer of 2016.

Positions include researchers, videographers, graphic designers and web producers. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply. Preferred majors include journalism, communication, film, public policy, public health, history or economics.

BankTracker updates

We’ve just updated the BankTracker database to include the third quarter, Sept. 30 releases from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the National Credit Union Administration. 

And while the country and presidential candidates now seem focused on foreign policy and national security, it won’t be surprising if banking policies and practices get renewed attention in the upcoming primaries. 

New training shows officers how to 'calm things down'

In today’s Washington Post, reporter Kimberly Kindy examines a new kind of training for police recruits near Seattle, in which officials say they are determined to produce “guardians of democracy” who serve and protect — instead of “warriors” who conquer and control. Student Ashley Balcerzak helped research the story.

Crowdfunding shines a light on Israeli politicians

In recent years, crowdfunding has turned into a common tool for journalists and social activists to reach their goals without going through traditional gatekeepers for funding. With the help of 1,473 donors, the Israeli project “100 Days of Transparency” has been conducting an uphill battle to hold politicians accountable and promote transparency in Israel.    

Partners

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 msnbc.com, now nbcnews.com, 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.

Projects

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.