Christa Scharfenberg

CEO Center for Investigative Reporting

Christa Scharfenberg is Acting CEO for The Center for Investigative Reporting. She helped launch Reveal, CIR's Peabody Award-winning national public radio show and podcast and now oversees the show's long-term growth and business goals. She is part of the team currently developing a Reveal documentary film strategy. She joined CIR in 2003 as communications manager, served as acting executive director in 2007 and as associate director from 2008-2015. Scharfenberg helped launch CIR's California Watch reporting project in 2009 and managed many aspects of the merger of CIR and The Bay Citizen in 2012. She has been an executive or senior producer of documentaries for CIR, including FRONTLINE co-productions and the independent film Banished, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Scharfenberg was a 2014 fellow in the Punch Sulzberger Program at Columbia Journalism School. Prior to joining CIR, she was associate director of the Film Arts Foundation in San Francisco.

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