Center for Public Integrity adds media relations, video journalism hires

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The Center for Public Integrity has announced two new hires focused on enhancing exposure and outreach for the organization’s landmark journalism. 

Television producer William Gray has joined the Center for Public Integrity as its Media Relations Specialist.

In his new role, Gray will work to dramatically increase the visibility and impact of CPI’s investigative reporting and the journalists producing that work.

A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., Gray comes to the Center from the public affairs network C-SPAN. Starting his broadcast television career as a C-SPAN intern, he began by working on its morning program, Washington Journal. He contributed to the networks’ 2012 Road to the White House coverage before becoming an operations producer, handling breaking news and both live and overnight coverage for each of the three C-SPAN networks.

While at C-SPAN, Gray was a 2012-2013 Paul Miller Fellow with the National Press Foundation and an assistant editor for the online literary magazine TalkingWriting. He is a graduate of Centre College and earned a Master’s Degree after studying journalism at Harvard University’s Extension School.

Gray is also the creator and curator of the award-winning archive Floor Charts that tracks and tags the props, charts and posters used by politicians and government officials. TIME named the archive one of the “30 Tumblrs to follow in 2013.”

Gray can be reached at wgray@publicintegrity.org or (202) 481-1232.

Video journalist Eleanor Bell is also joining the Center as its Multimedia Editor

Originally from New Zealand, Eleanor worked for many years at the ABC, Australia’s national public broadcaster where, in 2011, her investigative multimedia report into urban social disadvantage was awarded Australia’s highest journalism honor, the Walkley Award. Another investigation exposed unlawful and predatory behavior by mobile phone carriers in minority communities and was used as evidence by Australia’s consumer watchdog to prosecute the company. 

Her multiplatform report into the emerging practice of gene patents sparked an Australian Senate inquiry and was nominated for a UN Environmental Reporting award.

Bell has received a coveted UN Media Peace Award for her digital journalism and was named the 2011 Australian Council of Deans of Education Young Journalist of the Year.

She joins the Center's growing digital team.

Founded in 1989 by journalist Charles Lewis, the Center for Public Integrity is one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations.  Our mission: to enhance democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism. Among the Center’s recent awards are the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.