Southern California Program

Southern California Public Radio

Civic and Community
Pasadena, CA
$350,000
June 2019

Southern California Public Radio station KPCC plans to increase the impact of its local public service by expanding its investigative unit from one journalist to a team of five full-time, dedicated investigative journalists.  Independent, fact-based investigative news at the local level is important to provide access to information that helps families make decisions and holds institutions and leaders accountable.  Studies indicate that across political divides a great majority of Americans still trust local news sources and demonstrate a direct link between local news consumption and civic engagement.  Yet today there are fewer than a dozen local full-time investigative reporters in metropolitan Los Angeles, which has countless institutions including more than 88 city governments and the nation’s second-largest school district.  A two-year W. M. Keck Foundation grant will help KPCC build out its investigative team by supporting a senior editor and a second investigative reporter.

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