ProPublica Hires Seven New Staffers, Five From Newspapers

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By: Joe Strupp

Five former newspaper staffers are among the seven new hires at ProPublica, the non-profit news organization headed by former Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Paul Steiger.

In a release, ProPublica announced the hiring of Robin Fields, formerly an investigative reporter at the Los Angeles Times, as a senior reporter; Jennifer LaFleur of the Dallas Morning News as director of computer-assisted reporting; and Jake Bernstein of The Texas Observer, Michael Grabell of the Dallas Morning News, and A.C. Thompson of SF Weekly as reporters.

Also hired, from non-newspaper ranks, are: Krista Kjellman, who has been an associate producer in the investigative unit of ABC News for almost three years; and Paul Kiel, who has written for TPMmuckraker, Talking Points Memo’s investigative reporting blog, since 2006.

?These seven new hires give us an outstanding base of talent as we begin publishing in the weeks ahead. We?re very pleased to have been able to attract such a range of talented journalists to ProPublica,” Steiger said in a statement.

ProPublica plans to be fully staffed later this year, with about 25 reporters and editors. It is supported “entirely by philanthropy and will provide the articles it produces, free of charge, both through its own Web site and to leading news organizations selected with an eye toward maximizing the impact of each article.”

Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica managing editor, added: ?These additions bring our news staff to 19 — more than two-thirds of the total we anticipate. We expect to be publishing on our web site very soon, and in longer form, with leading news partners, not long after that. We?re thrilled that so many excellent reporters, editors and other journalists are drawn to our vision of investigative journalism in the public interest.?

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