Quotes and Testimonials

What Others Say About the Center for Public Integrity

“No other investigative organization shines so many probing flashlights into so many Washington dirty-laundry baskets.”
— Kevin Phillips, Author

“…there is no more effective public interest watchdog in Washington, D.C.”
— Bill Moyers, Journalist

“Ethics must be reintroduced to public service to restore people’s faith in government. Without such faith, democracy cannot flourish. Your ambitious agenda is filling a desperate need.”
— Walter Cronkite, Journalist

“Investigative reporting is the bone structure without which the journalistic body collapses. The Center for Public Integrity’s constant and consistently enterprising investigative work is an invaluable contribution not only to journalism, but to society and to a healthy democracy”
— Alma Guillermoprieto, Journalist

“Where would we in Washington and we in America be without the Center? We would know much less about the workings of our Congress, and our tax dollars. We would know much less about the powers of the Executive, and its ability to hide wrong doing behind secrecy and classification. The Center takes the notion of integrity very seriously, and its investigations are a model for today’s good journalism and, we all hope, an inspiration for the mainstream press to do more.”
— Seymour Hersh, Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter and author

“Sometimes I am convinced there is nothing wrong with this country that couldn’t be cured by the magical implantation of ethical standards on us all – leaders and followers. Until that becomes doable, the Center for Public Integrity is just about the best thing we have going for us.”
— Ben Bradlee, Vice President-at-Large, The Washington Post

“In this very uncertain time for the media, serious investigative reporting – the expensive, time-consuming stuff – is under enormous pressure at newspapers and other commercial news organizations. Non-profits such as the Center for Public Integrity are taking on this vital work and without them the prospects for investigative reporting would be even more dire. The Center has been properly celebrated for its careful, rigorous work, and to my mind it has now ascended to the status of national treasure.”
— Alex S. Jones, Director, Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University

“The Center for Public Integrity is the real thing. A group of dedicated people who remember that great journalism is about grit and guts and stamina and razor-sharp instincts. They are, thank heaven, here to stay.”
— Diane Sawyer, ABC News

“…watchdog in the corridors of power.”
— The National Journal