WGBH News and Media Relations


September 11, 2013

WGBH News, New England Center for Investigative Reporting Partner to Support Investigative and Enterprise Journalism

Boston University’s NECIR newsroom to share office space with WGBH News team; NECIR training and education units remain at BU 
Jenifer McKim joins NECIR as assistant managing editor and senior investigative reporter
BOSTON, Mass. (September 11, 2013) – For 30 years, WGBH has been home to FRONTLINE, the standard-bearer for long-form, investigative television journalism. Building from that tradition of producing investigative journalism, WGBH News and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) will embark on a new partnership that will support investigative and enterprise reporting across New England.  Beginning this month, NECIR journalists will share office space with the WGBH News team and participate in the local public broadcaster’s editorial process.
NECIR, a nonprofit investigative reporting newsroom and training center that is a part of Boston University’s College of Communication, will house its professional newsroom primarily at the WGBH studios in Brighton. The center’s training unit will remain in place at Boston University. In addition, WGBH and NECIR will jointly hire an investigative reporter who will file local investigative stories for all WGBH News platforms – television, radio and web.
“Together, WGBH and NECIR will grow investigative journalism throughout the region. We are excited to open our doors to NECIR’s newsroom,” said WGBH Radio general manager Phil Redo. “We continue to invest in hard-hitting, substantive local coverage. This collaboration will build on WGBH’s tradition of producing award-winning journalism.”
Earlier this year, 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio earned two prestigious awards at the 2013 New York Festivals® International Radio Programs and Promos Awards for Phillip Martin’s eight-part series on human trafficking. In April, WGBH News, under the direction and leadership of executive editor Ted Canova, won honors for the best investigative, feature and hard-news reporting at the 2013 Massachusetts/Rhode Island Associated Press radio and TV awards.
In advance of the new partnership, NECIR announced the addition of Jenifer McKim as its new assistant managing editor and senior investigative reporter. McKim previously worked for the Boston Globe where she received a 2011 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for a story on domestic sex trafficking of minors. In 2005, as a reporter with the Orange County Register, McKim led a team nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service for her reporting on lead-tainted imported Mexican candies.
“We’re looking forward to a strong partnership that will help us further NECIR’s goal of producing the highest quality, in-depth investigative reporting in New England and across the nation,” said NECIR’S executive director, managing editor and co-founder Joe Bergantino. “WGBH has a deep tradition of doing some of the best investigative reporting in the country. This is a perfect match that will help us better serve the readers, viewers and listeners in the region.”
Bergantino has been an investigative reporter for the past 35 years, including more than two decades as the I-Team reporter at WBZ-TV and five years as an ABC News correspondent. During his long career in broadcasting, he has won many of the industry’s most prestigious awards, including a duPont-Columbia Award and Citation, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, the Gabriel Award and several Emmy awards, including one naming him Best Investigative Reporter in New England.
NECIR launched in January 2009 and has emerged as one of the most successful centers of its kind in the nation. The center strives to ensure the survival of serious, in-depth investigative journalism and to train a new generation of investigative reporters. Since its launch, NECIR has produced and distributed more than 60 in-depth investigative stories, reported by professional journalists with assistance from students. Those stories, many of which have won prestigious journalism awards, have reached millions of readers, viewers and listeners across New England and the nation. To date, more than 300 high school students, hundreds of local and regional journalists and dozens of international reporters have participated in the center’s various training programs.
NECIR’s journalists will move into office space adjacent to the WGBH newsroom Monday, September 23.
About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater BostonBasic Black, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB, Classical New England; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.


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