Robin Sparkman of StoryCorps Named President of ProPublica

From a post on headlined “Robin Sparkman  Named President and Co-CEO of ProPublica”:

ProPublica announced today that Robin Sparkman, founding CEO of StoryCorps, has been elected as president and co-CEO of ProPublica. Her appointment, succeeding Richard Tofel, will be effective September 8.

Sparkman, 52, has been CEO of StoryCorps since 2014, having more than doubled the organization’s annual revenues to $20 million….She came to the nonprofit media organization after more than two decades as a reporter and editor. She served as editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer from 2010–2014, and earlier as executive editor, as well as deputy editorial director of parent company American Lawyer Media. Previous work included stints at and Newsweek.

Sparkman is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Wellesley College….She holds a certificate in nonprofit management from Harvard Business School and serves on the executive committee of the board of Union Settlement of East Harlem….

ProPublica has a staff of more than 160 and a budget of nearly $36 million this year. ProPublica had more than 43,000 donors in 2020, while recording record traffic to its content….It employs the largest staff in the nation devoted to investigative reporting at both the national and state and local levels, as well as coordinating its pioneering Local Reporting Network.

ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. With a team of more than 135 dedicated journalists, ProPublica covers a range of topics, focusing on stories with the potential to spur real-world impact.

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