Robert J. Rosenthal

Robert J. Rosenthal

Robert J. Rosenthal

Executive Producer | Center for Investigative Reporting

Robert J. Rosenthal is the executive producer at The Center for Investigative Reporting. From January 2008 until May 2017 he was the Executive Director at CIR and led the transformation of CIR into one of the leading public service multi-media news organizations in the country.

An award-winning journalist, Rosenthal has worked for some of the most respected newspapers in the country including  The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The San Francisco Chronicle. Rosenthal worked for 22 years at the Inquirer, starting as a reporter and eventually becoming its executive editor in 1998. He became managing editor of The San Francisco Chronicle in late 2002. Before joining the Inquirer in 1979, Rosenthal worked as a reporter for six years at The Boston Globe and three-and-a-half years at The New York Times, where he was a news assistant on the foreign desk and an editorial assistant on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Pentagon Papers project.

As a reporter, Rosenthal won numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club Award for magazine writing, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for distinguished foreign correspondence, and the National Association of Black Journalists Award for Third World Reporting. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in international reporting. While overseas he spent a great deal of time in Beirut, Lebanon and worked in a number of conflict zones in Africa. Rosenthal was a Pulitzer Prize judge four times. He has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He is on the board of CIR and an advisor and board member to many other non-profit news organizations.



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