The Center for Public Integrity named Paul Cheung as its new CEO on Monday. Cheung, who most recently was the Knight Foundation’s director of journalism and technology, previously worked at NBC, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and the Miami Herald. He succeeds Susan Smith Richardson, who became deputy editor of The Guardian US earlier this year.
The nonprofit Center for Public Integrity will use a grant of nearly $3 million to take a closer look at the special-interest groups spending money in state elections. The grant will sustain the project for three years, and CPI hopes to secure additional funding to sustain the reporting beyond that time frame. The center will launch a website devoted to the project in September. John Dunbar, deputy executive editor of CPI, will oversee the initiative.
ABC News President Ben Sherwood sent a four-page letter to WIlliam Buzenberg, executive director of The Center for Public Integrity, asking CPI to share credit for the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting awarded to CPI’s Chris Hamby this week.