Center for Public Integrity

Founded in 1989, CPI uses the tools of investigative journalism to reveal abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions.
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Primary geographic focus: NATIONAL
Organization type(s): Media, Research/Policy/Organizing
Acronym or short name: CPI

The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by Charles Lewis. We are one of the country’s oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. Our mission: To serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.



Natural Disasters Are Getting Worse. People with the Least Power Are Most at Risk.

Rachel Leven
Center for Public Integrity
April 25, 2019
“I don’t really think we’ve learned our lesson,” said Debra Wray Furrh, advocacy director for Lone Star Legal Aid in Texas. “We keep seeing the same results over and over and over.”

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HUD mortgage sales harm black neighborhoods, lawsuit says

Jared Bennett
Center for Public Integrity
August 17, 2016
New lawsuit follows Center for Public Integrity report on mortgage sales.


Lawmakers protect title loan firms while borrowers pay sky-high interest rates

Fred Schulte
Center for Public Integrity
December 9, 2015
How millions in campaign contributions help block laws to crack down on lending abuses.


Virginia governor asks how to reverse schools’ staggering rate of referrals to cops and courts

Susan Ferriss
Center for Public Integrity
May 14, 2015
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has asked members of his cabinet to recommend policy changes for the Virginia juvenile justice system.

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