BOSTON BIZ JOURNAL Don Seiffert reports 7.08.2019 – The New England Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit that launched in 2009, has merged with WGBH News.

The NECIR was founded by former WBZ I-Team reporter Joe Bergantino and former Boston Herald and WHDH Channel 7 reporter Maggie Mulvihill with the goal to “expose injustice and hold power accountable through investigative reporting and by training emerging journalists,” according to a statement from WGBH. Bergantino served as executive director until 2015, when the role was taken over by Burt Glass, who was previously executive director of the Center for Investigative Reporting in California.

According to the NECIR website, the organization now has an editor, two reporters and a training and events specialist. WGBH says that “over the next year” it plans to “continue to grow the number of investigative reporters working with WGBH News Investigations Editor Paul Singer,” a former editor at USA Today and Roll Call. A WGBH spokeswoman said the NECIR would retain its name and would continue to partner with outside organizations.

In the past, the center has partnered with other local news organizations including The Boston Globe and WBUR. Its recent stories include a series called Out of the Shadows, about children dying in the state foster care system, and another one called Jailhouse Suicides which explores the epidemic of suicides in prisons in Massachusetts.

“From our flagship investigative journalism program FRONTLINE to the work of WGBH News, we strive to shine a spotlight on the stories that need to be told,” Jon Abbott, president and CEO of WGBH, said in a statement. “NECIR has always shared this mission and we are excited to officially welcome them to the WGBH family.”

Boston University will continue to sponsor NECIR’s popular Summer Journalism Institute for high school students, a program that has reached more than 600 students over the past 10 years. Going forward, the university will work closely with WGBH to create a new training program for students throughout WGBH’s radio, television and education departments.