We're rebuilding local news — from the ground up.


Despite increasing threats to local news, we’ve persisted.

In 2022, as the world emerged from a global pandemic, the health of our industry — and democracy — remained significantly at risk. Newsrooms continued to close at a rapid pace. Authoritarian governments and conflict pushed many others into exile.

Despite this, our corps members were pillars of their communities. They told stories that would otherwise go untold. They held individuals and systems accountable. In doing so, they helped rebuild trust in local independent journalism across the globe.

The year was marked with many milestones, including celebrating the fifth anniversary of Report for America’s launch and its first in-person gathering since the pandemic’s start. Likewise, Report for the World doubled in size in its second year.

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In 2022, we supported more than 300 local journalists in 9 countries, 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam, reaching millions of readers.

This is only possible thanks to supporters like you.

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On The Ground

In 9 countries, 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico & Guam
Syria (in exile)
The Syrian Investigative Reporting for Accountability Journalism is both a collective of Syrian reporters living in exile and an organization that mentors journalists. SIRAJ is dedicated to preparing Syrian reporters on undertaking investigative journalism both on issues pertaining specifically to Syria as well as globally through workshops and training. They were founded in 2016 and are currently in exile in France publishing reports and investigations about Syrian affairs and political developments.
Russia (in exile)
IStories is an independent Russian website that specializes in investigative journalism. It was founded in 2020 in response to the Russian government’s increased pressure on media organizations. As a non-profit organization, seeks to foster collaboration between regional and international news organizations. As of March 2022, it is in exile with most journalists operating outside of Russia.
Puma Podcast is a podcast production company based in the Philippines that produces a wide range of shows, from podcasts that delve into topics from health and women’s empowerment, to interviews with prominent members of Filipino society and culture. They were the first organization in Asia to have their podcasts archived in the United States’ Library of Congress.
Tribal News Network, is an online news organization that produces online and radio content In Pakistan. Founded by broadcast journalists, TNN’s first bulletin aired in 2013, since then they have moved to digital news and increased broadcast coverage to ten partner stations across Pakistan as well Afghanistan. As well as radio and digital journalism, TNN also produces telephonic bulletins where their audience can call a local number to hear the latest news.
Nicaragua (in exile)
DIVERGENTES is an alternative media, different and focused on narrative journalism, with emphasis on social, political, economic, environmental, LGBTIQ+, gender, indigenous communities and migration investigations. Launched online on June 3, 2020, it bets on long-form journalism to inform and explain the phenomena that affect Nicaragua, scrutinizing public, private, religious and factual powers, to provide citizens with substantiated information that allows them to have more resources to make critical decisions, diverging from what different social actors give as facts.
Myanmar (in exile)
Frontier Myanmar was established in 2015 to provide their audience with comprehensive coverage on post-coup Myanmar. They publish primarily on long form investigative and analytical pieces focusing on current issues facing Myanmar: poverty, oppression of dissidents, and political developments that the country is undergoing. Following the government’s crackdown on independent journalism and the arrest of several of their reporters, Frontier Myanmar is currently in exile in Thailand.
The Public Source is an independent media organization that seeks to produce strong journalism and critical commentary. It is based in Beirut, and covers both local and international issues. They publish bimonthly, and highlight the work of academics, activists, artists, organizers, as well as journalists. It was started in 2020 originally to publish long-form articles but has since broadened due to the ongoing protest actions to include arts and culture and criticism.
Africa Uncensored was founded by Kenyan investigative journalists for the purpose of publishing high quality news stories about Africa as it really is.Based in Nairobi, it focuses on investigative and in-depth pieces to “investigate, expose, and empower”.
El Salvador

“Alharaca” is an insult directed towards a woman that means she is being over-sensitive and over-emotional about an issue. Alharaca reclaims this, providing strong journalism with a feminist perspective that covers the intersection of journalism, art, academia, and technology. Based in El Salvador, this women-led digital news platform covers current affairs and how they affect not just women, but all Salvadorean society.

CIPER-Centro De Investigación Periodistica is a non-profit organization that both promotes and produces investigative journalism in Chile. The organization is founded on the belief that transparency is a cornerstone of democracy, and is funded completely by donations which are open to the public. CIPER was created in 2007 and is a member of the Global Investigative Network. Along with publishing robust investigative journalism, it also offers workshops to help train journalists.
Afghanistan (in exile)

For more than 10 years Etilaat Roz was the most widely circulated daily newspaper in Kabul, establishing itself as a hard-hitting investigative journalism organization, focused on systemic corruption in Afghanistan. But when the Taliban took power, the newsroom was forced into exile. Despite this, Etilaat Roz continues to put out strong journalism that seeks to advance a free press in Afghanistan.


Convoca is an investigative journalism organization founded in 2014 by reporters, data analysts, and programmers in Peru to merge the best of traditional reporting with the intelligent use of databases, a multidisciplinary perspective and new digital narratives to systematically investigate the networks of political and corporate power that affect the lives of citizens.


Quinto Elemento Lab is an independent journalism nonprofit that produces investigative stories that aim to empower citizens, strengthen accountability and help build a more just and transparent society. Inequality, impunity and corruption are still leaving a mark in Mexico. That’s one of the reasons why Quinto Elemento focuses on investigations that shed light on the inequalities, abuses and failures of the powerful as well as the inequality in the exercise of citizen’s rights.


Ukrainska Pravda is an online news and analysis website founded by Georgiy Gongadze on 16 April 2000. Published from Kyiv in Ukrainian, Russian and English, it has become a reference for independent journalism in Ukraine during the Russian invasion.


Launched in 2017, The Citizen Bulletin is a digital-first newsroom that produces hard-hitting longform reporting for the greater region of Matabeleland, south-western Zimbabwe. We cover core news and focus on special-interest beats such as public health, education and environment. We are a fully distributed team that is dedicated to mission-driven high-quality journalism that cuts through the noise.


Átlátszó is the first Hungarian investigative journalism nonprofit and a watchdog NGO to promote transparency, accountability, and freedom of information in Hungary.


Founded in 2011 by women reporters, Agência Pública is the first non-profit investigative news agency in Brazil. Their focus is to investigate the public administration, including all levels of government and congressional houses; the social and environmental impact of corporations and corrupt and anti-transparent practices; the efficacy, transparency, and equity of the justice system; and the violence against vulnerable communities in urban and rural areas. Their reporting has been recognized with over 50 national and international journalism awards. Including the Ibero-American Gabriel Garcia Márquez Award and the Premio Roche Award for Health Reporting.


The Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that combats injustice, holds power to account and speaks for the voiceless. Founded in June 2020, FIJ seeks to uncover the truth by bypassing officialdom and neutralizing propaganda, and making it accessible to the public in a way that eases and influences their everyday decision making.

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West Virginia
Rhode Island
New Hampshire
Washington D.C.
Puerto Rico
New Mexico
North Dakota
New York
North Carolina

The News Minute is a digital news platform covering India, with a specific focus on the five southern states of the country. Headquartered in Bengaluru, TNM has ground reporters in all the southern states covering a wide range of issues and events.

Local journalism, national service

In 2022, our program placed hundreds of journalists in local newsrooms throughout the country to cover significant news gaps and under-covered groups. We’ve helped these newsrooms raise record donations from their communities to sustainably support their work. And we’re diversifying America’s newsrooms as one of the nation’s leading recruiters of talented journalists of color.

Kim Kleman
Executive Director, Report for America

In 2022, our program placed hundreds of journalists in local newsrooms throughout the country to cover significant news gaps and under-covered groups. We’ve helped these newsrooms raise record donations from their communities to sustainably support their work. And we’re diversifying America’s newsrooms as one of the nation’s leading recruiters of talented journalists of color.

Kim Kleman
Executive Director, Report for America

provided to newsrooms in salary support
corps members fielded at 213 newsrooms
corps members identify as people of color
otherwise untold stories published by corps members
of previous cohort stayed in journalism after graduating

Supporting Local Fundraising

Report for America provides local newsrooms with sustainable fundraising tools to thrive in a challenging economic landscape. Since 2019, our team has helped our newsroom partners raise nearly $21 million from their communities.

$861,000 in 2019
$4,616,059 in 2020
$7,422,468 in 2021
$7, 911,554 in 2022
$7.9 million raised
By local newsrooms, from local supporters, for local news in 2022

Making an Impact

Lionel Ramos

Oklahoma Watch
Coverage focus: Race and inequity in Oklahoma
Lionel Ramos
Lionel Ramos

An Oklahoma Watch review of more than 100 complaints, apartment unit tours and interviews with residents paint a portrait of unsafe and substandard living conditions for many Afghan refugees who resettled in Oklahoma City and Tulsa — including reports of mice, roaches, leaking sewage, no heating, and frequent break-ins. Corps member Lionel Ramos wrote about the living conditions for Oklahoma Watch; his reporting prompted the governor of Oklahoma to tour the apartments.

Maysoon Khan

The Associated Press
Coverage focus: New York statehouse in Albany, New York
Maysoon Khan
Maysoon Khan

A gunman killed 10 people in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Shortly after, the New York state legislature barred bullet-resistant vests to most civilians, but corps member Maysoon Khan found that the new rules didn’t cover the type of body armor worn by the gunman in Buffalo. Khan’s reporting brought the loophole to the attention of a wider audience, and as a result, New York state said it would make changes to the legislation.

Annie Berman

Anchorage Daily News / adn.com
Coverage focus: Healthcare and public health in Alaska
Annie Berman
Annie Berman

As Alaska faced one of the largest increases in overdose deaths the year prior, calls mounted for the Anchorage Police Department to start carrying the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone. Corps member Annie Berman found that the Anchorage police don’t carry Narcan, a drug that can reverse the effects of a drug overdose. After Berman’s story, public outcry forced the Anchorage police to reevaluate its policy on not carrying Narcan.

Melissa Montalvo

Fresno Bee
Service Project Spotlight in California
Melissa Montalvo
Melissa Montalvo

Corps member Melissa Montalvo at The Fresno Bee launched the inaugural Youth Media Collective, a ten-week journalism bootcamp for local students. Over the course of the Spring 2022 semester, a group of about 4–6 students met every other Saturday morning for two hours to learn about journalism skills and careers.

In partnership with the Jaraka Movement and supported by Report for America, Montalvo taught students the basics of journalism. After finishing their journalism projects over the summer, students published their work on Medium. 

the World
Local journalism, serving the world

It was an honor to join Report for the World as its inaugural global director in July 2022. By September, Report for the World expanded to eight countries, with new partnerships in Mexico, Peru, Zimbabwe, Hungary, and Ukraine — our first instance of supporting a journalist and newsroom partner in a conflict zone.

In December 2022, we held our first-ever in-person professional development gathering, in São Paolo, Brazil. Corps members, newsroom editors and Report for the World staff gathered to explore methods of investigating environmental stories with local-global connections. 

Preethi Nallu
Global Director, Report for the World

It was an honor to join Report for the World as its inaugural global director in July 2022. By September, Report for the World expanded to eight countries, with new partnerships in Mexico, Peru, Zimbabwe, Hungary, and Ukraine — our first instance of supporting a journalist and newsroom partner in a conflict zone.

In December 2022, we held our first-ever in-person professional development gathering, in São Paolo, Brazil. Corps members, newsroom editors and Report for the World staff gathered to explore methods of investigating environmental stories with local-global connections. 

Preethi Nallu
Global Director, Report for the World

8 countries
Brazil, Hungary, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe
host newsrooms
corps members identify as women
languages spoken by corps members
corps members around the world

Building a Global Corps

15 in 2021
30 in 2022
45 in 2023

Making a Global Impact

Melody Mpande

The Citizen Bulletin in Zimbabwe
Coverage focus: Health
Melody Mpande
Melody Mpande

In rural Zimbabwe, a bucket of water can be the difference between life and death. Mpande reported how Garanyemba Clinic had been operating without running water for years and was asking patients, particularly pregnant women, to bring a bucket of water to their procedures or be denied service. Sabelo Dube, an expectant mother was sent back home when she went for a prenatal check up, being told “No water bucket, no treatment”.

Mpande reached out to the local councilman Miclas Ndlovu for comment and he assured that “We are working with our partner, Dabane Trust, towards buying a submersible pump to draw water from the river to the clinic tanks so that we address the problem.”

Dymtro Simonov

Ukrainska Pravda in Ukraine
Coverage focus: Environment
Dymtro Simonov
Dymtro Simonov

Hundreds of stories come out of Ukraine every week, but few are as important for the future of the country as Simonov’s. 

In March, Simonov reported on how the Russians had opened the hydraulic shutters of the largest reservoir in Ukraine, lowering the water level to a point where it not only threatened the wildlife but also risked a nuclear incident by depleting a nearby nuclear plant, controlled by the Russians, from the water needed to cool it’s reactors.

Gabriela Martínez

Conexión Migrante in Tijuana, México
Coverage focus: Migration and gender
Gabriela Martínez
Gabriela Martínez

Most of the news coverage of the migrants crossing the border between Mexico and the United States focuses on their impact on the political fortunes of one party or the other. Martínez flips that narrative by reporting on the human cost of policies of governments on both sides and portraying migrants as real, complex, people. From a former teacher who was displaced by narcos and found his calling again by teaching children stranded at the border, to memorializing dozens of migrants who have lost their lives in the attempt of crossing the border, Martínez uplifts individuals and their stories through her coverage.

Our Team

In 2022, our staff of 52 spanned 21 states and Washington, D.C., bringing a range of nonprofit, operations, and journalism experience. Meet the people who make all this work possible here.

In 2022, our staff of 52 spanned 21 states and Washington, D.C., bringing a range of nonprofit, operations, and journalism experience. Meet the people who make all this work possible here.

Letter from Our CEO
The past year at The GroundTruth Project has been filled with hope, determination, and renewed commitment.
In 2022, we remained committed to restoring journalism from the ground up, amplifying the stories of underserved communities, and lifting up the voices of new storytellers around the globe. It was also a year of transition as our visionary founder, Charles Sennott, stepped aside as CEO to lean into his role as Editor-in-Chief. Similarly, Steven Waldman, co-founder of Report for America, spun off our policy work into its own nonprofit, Rebuild Local News. In doing so, they’ve both made room for new leadership to help us reach our fullest potential. We are truly grateful for their contributions and continued support.

I found my own way to The GroundTruth Project while searching for ways to strengthen our democracy and understanding that a free and functioning media ecosystem is vital. First chief operating officer, then as a board member, I watched our flagship programs tackle critical challenges plaguing our industry during the past year. Report for America, under the leadership of Kim Kleman, not only fielded more than 300 corps members across the United States and its territories, but it also did so with its most diverse corps yet. Nearly half of our journalists are persons of color — a powerful opportunity to build trust with under-served communities and invite new kinds of coverage! And we couldn’t have been more proud as an organization when our efforts were highlighted by “60 Minutes,” one of television’s most iconic shows, as a solution to the growing crisis in local news.

Meanwhile, Report for the World welcomed its first global director, Preethi Nallu, who hit the ground running. She oversaw two major expansions to our global program, spread the word about our mission through outlets like Poynter and LatAm Journalism Review, and more — like leading a panel discussion at the International Press Institute’s World Congress. Looking ahead, we will continue to expand the number of countries we are in and develop a framework for regional collaboration.

Of course, all of this work would not be possible without so many of you who understand that without trusted, independent journalism, democracy is at risk. While we reflect here on our past successes, we invite you to support the next wave of our work as we continue to invest in effective, powerful programs to protect our communities and their interests. 

Will you join us?

Thank you. Your support means everything to us.

Rob Zeaske
CEO And President
The GroundTruth Project
Home of Report for America and Report for the World

2022 Donor Recognition

We want to recognize and thank our numerous supporters who gave in 2022, without whom this groundbreaking work would not be possible.
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“Local independent journalism informs and educates citizens, exposes injustice and encourages civic engagement, all of which are essential to democracy. Microsoft is proud to partner with GroundTruth on the Report for America and Report for the World initiatives to help explore new business models for local news, rebuild lost reporting capacity and ensure that vitally important stories are covered in communities across the US and around the world.”
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
“The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is proud to be a supporter of Report for the World and GroundTruth Project’s global reporting work. At MacArthur, we understand the importance of philanthropic support for journalism. Report for the World is not only supporting talented journalists at trusted outlets in countries around the world, but also helping to cultivate philanthropic support for these outlets at a critical time.”
The Kresge Foundation
“The importance of honest and truth-based journalism is paramount. The Kresge Foundation is humbled to be a partner in support of The GroundTruth Project and the amazing work corps members produce every day.”
Amy W.
Supporter from West Roxbury, MA
“As a former journalist and someone who cares deeply about democracy, keep doing what you are doing — we need local news so important things don’t happen in secret!”
Brenda N.
Supporter from Clovis, CA
“I want to read well-written, balanced reporting about my local area and beyond, and I hope my support helps to accomplish that. Thanks so much to all the knowledgeable, ethical reporters out there!”
Jonathan L.
Supporter from Weston, MA
“I'm a journalist and believe in what you're doing for the sake of democracy and a civil society.”
2022 Annual Giving

$250,000 - $2M
Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
Bake Family Trust
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Google News Initiative
Knight Foundation
Lumina Foundation
Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
Meta Journalism Project
Natasha and Dirk Ziff
Posner Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Spring Point Partners
The Hearthland Foundation
The Just Trust

$50,000 - $249,999
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Commonwealth Fund
Craig Newmark Philanthropies
David Feinberg
Heising-Simons Foundation
Henry Kimelman Family Foundation
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Jonathan Logan Family Foundation
Kresge Foundation
Park Foundation
Patrick Sullivan
Robert E. Sullivan
Robin D’Alessandro
Select Equity
The Chicago Community Trust
The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation
Tow Foundation
University of Missouri School of Journalism and the Walton Family Foundation
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Wyncote Foundation

Ann Vaughan
Around The Table Foundation
Dan and Christine Quinn Family Foundation
Ellen Tykeson and Ken Hiday
Emily Del Greco
Gannett Foundation
James Lundy
Laurie David
Malcolm Hewitt Wiener
Melville Trust
Mostyn Foundation
Rob and Jessica Zeaske
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Samuel Rubin Foundation
Susie Trees
The Barinaga Goodman Fund of West Marin Fund
The Steven M. and Joyce E. Tadler Charitable Trust
The Weinreich Family Charitable Fund
Townsend Fund

Report for the World local newsroom supporters ($5,000+)
Indira Foundation
Nilima and Vivek Ragavan

Report for America local newsroom supporters ($5,000+)
Akron Community Foundation
Ameren Corporation
Amon G. Carter Star-Telegram Employees Fund
Amy Mucha Household
Ashland County Community Foundation
Barry Community Foundation
Bill and Jane Kean Anderson Fund
Blue Grass Community Foundation
Blumenthal Foundation
Central Indiana Community Foundation
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
Coachella Valley Wellness Foundation
Community Foundation of Chattahoochee Valley
Community Foundation of Louisville
Dan and Christine Quinn Family Foundation
Dorothy Byrne Household
Gadsby Fund Household
George 'Pretty' Wallace Jones and Thomas W. Jones Fund
Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
Harvey H. Posner and Mary S. Posner Fund
Henry Kimelman Family Foundation
Highpoint Community Bank
Hudson-Webber Foundation
Inasmuch Foundation
Innovia Foundation
J. D. Heiskell & Co. Household
Jane Kitchel McLaughlin and Peter McLaughlin Household
Julia Ardery and Bill Bishop Household
Lumina Foundation
Melville Trust
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Newman's Own Foundation
Nicholas T. and Marcia I. Lappas Household
North Texas Community Foundation
Pamela Ann Wickham Household
Princeton Area Community Foundation
Robert W. Deutsch Foundation
Sarah and Ben Bailey Family Fund Household
Stanislaus Community Foundation
The Heinz Endowments
The Jules L. Plangere, Jr. Family Foundation, Inc.
The Lozier Foundation
Triangle Community Foundation, Inc.
William F. Harnisch Foundation, Inc.

Note: In 2022, Rebuild Local News Coalition created its own 501(c)3 entity, Rebuild Local News. Thank you to the funders that supported Rebuild’s work in 2022: Microsoft, Yellow Chair Foundation, Posner Foundation, Argosy Foundation, American Journalism Project, Lenfest Institute for Journalism, Revson Foundation, Gates Family Foundation, and Ford Foundation.


Supporters like you know that journalism is a cornerstone of democracy. Here’s what your unrestricted gift to The GroundTruth Project can make possible.
average cost of fielding a single local Report for the World corps member for one year
average cost of fielding a single Report for America corps member for one year
average cost of fielding a single Report for America corps member for three years
average cost of fielding three local Report for America reporters in one region for one year
Note: These figures illustrate the average cost of fielding a local reporter. Actual costs may fluctuate over time and will vary by a number of factors, including region, country, and/or newsroom.

Revenue and Expenses

4% Other
19% Individual
77% Institutional
4% Fundraising
14% Operations
82% Program

The difference between revenues and expenses in 2022 includes a gift that will be recognized in 2023 and a draw on reserves during a founder transition year that was made to ensure program continuity.

Thank you

Thank you to all our supporters in 2022, who helped us grow when local news ecosystems were challenged in the U.S. and across the world. We are so grateful to have you with us as we restore journalism from the ground up.

Photo credits (in order of appearance): 1. Aryana Noroozi / Black Voice News, Report for America and Catchlight 2. Sam Wilson / Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Report for America 3. Olivia Sun / The Colorado Sun, Report for America 4. Arnoldo Sete / Marco Zero, Report for America