ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Our work focuses exclusively on truly important stories, stories with “moral force.” We do this by producing journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them.

The mission is to expose abuses of power and betrayals of the public trust by government, business, and other institutions, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing.

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105 (est)+8%
ProPublica was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in New York, US

Key People at ProPublica

Richard Tofel

Richard Tofel

Paul Steiger

Paul Steiger

Executive Chairman
Greg Waldorf

Greg Waldorf

Business Advisory Council
Herbert Sandler

Herbert Sandler

Founding Chairman
Stephen Engelberg

Stephen Engelberg

Editor in chief

ProPublica Office Locations

ProPublica has an office in New York
New York, US (HQ)
155 Avenue of the Americas 13th Floor

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Total Funding

$3.2 m

Latest funding size

$2.2 m

Time since last funding

about 2 years


ProPublica's latest funding round in August 2015 was reported to be $2.2 m. In total, ProPublica has raised $3.2 m

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Facebook updates ad-targeting system after ProPublica discovers anti-Semitic categories (FB)

An investigation by the news outlet ProPublica revealing that Facebook's algorithm enabled advertisers to serve ads to almost 2,300 "Jew haters" has prompted the platform to reexamine its practices. In a blog post published Thursday, the company said it was removing self-re…

Google and ProPublica launch machine learning tool to track hate crime in America

Documenting hate crimes in America has long presented a challenge to researchers, journalists, and social scientists. Record keeping in this area has been patchy at best, with data either woefully incomplete or non-existent. Yet, it’s never been more important that we understand them, especially aft…

Google and ProPublica team up to build a national hate crime database

 Few things are certain in 2017’s fraught national climate, but hate certainly doesn’t look to be going away. In partnership with ProPublica, Google News Lab is launching a new tool to track hate crimes across America. Powered by machine learning, the Documenting Hate News Index will track reported …

Craigslist founder donates $1M to investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica

 The Craig Newmark Foundation just annoucned that it has donated $1 million to ProPublica. The foundation says that Newmark (either personally or through the foundation) made multiple millions of dollars worth of donations to media-related organizations last year, including giving $1 million to The …

Craigslist founder donates $1 million to journalism nonprofit ProPublica

Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist, announced a $1 million grant to investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica through the Craig Newmark Foundation. Newmark, who’s website rose as classifieds revenue for newspapers plummeted — not a coincidence — called “trustworthy” journalism “the immune …

Politwoops gets a new public interest parent: ProPublica

 Politwoops, the service that preserves politicians’ deleted tweets for posterity and to hold them to account, has a new parent: nonprofit, public interest investigative journalism corporation ProPublica. Read More

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