Center for Public Integrity veteran John Dunbar has taken over as the organization’s new chief executive officer. Dunbar, 52, has worked at the Center for more than 12 years covering three separate stints. He first worked for the Center from 1999-2006, and during that time created the “Well Connected” project, an investigation of the political ties of the media and broadband industries. He came back briefly in 2009 to author the organization’s landmark “Who’s Behind the Financial Meltdown?” investigation. Since returning to the Center in 2011, Dunbar has coordinated the organization’s ongoing probes into the role of money in state and federal politics and served as deputy executive editor. He was also the recipient of a George Polk Award for the Center’s investigation into the subprime lending industry.
In addition to his Center service, Dunbar has covered media, technology and financial issues for the Associated Press; served as a project manager at the American University Investigative Reporting Workshop and worked as chief investigative reporter for the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville.
“I’ve known and worked with John Dunbar for nearly 20 years. He is a rock-solid, no-nonsense investigative reporter and editor, one of the very best I’ve ever had the privilege to work with,” said Center founder and long-time executive director Charles Lewis. “I am delighted that he will be at the helm of the Center for Public Integrity, leading its immensely talented, award-winning staff forward.”
In between the virtually non-stop meetings required as part of his new post, Dunbar sat down to answer a few questions:
As the new CEO of the Center for Public Integrity, where do you plan to focus the Center’s reporting in the next year?
Now more than ever people need a credible news source. The award-winning investigative reporting we’ve done historically is very much in demand today. We’re going to continue to hold government accountable. Studying the influence of money on government is still our bread and butter. We’re going to extend that into all areas of our coverage.