The Center for Public Integrity has named Gordon Witkin as its executive editor.
Witkin has been serving as the center’s top editor in an acting capacity. He also manages the center’s coverage of health care and juvenile justice and its state integrity project.
The appointment comes just weeks after the center’s Chris Hamby won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism honoring his stories on black-lung disease among coal miners. The announcement on the prize was followed by a dispute between the center and ABC News, which felt it should be given credit for its part in the investigation. Hamby has since moved to BuzzFeed.
The center announced Witkin’s appointment on its website:
“I am extremely pleased to confirm the solid editorial structure we have been operating under for more than a year,” [Executive Director William E.] Buzenberg said Friday. “It was a year in which The Center for Public Integrity won eight of the top 16 awards in journalism, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Goldsmith Prize and the George Polk Award, among others.”
The center also named John Dunbar as deputy executive editor; he will continue to manage money in politics and financial coverage. Jim Morris was appointed managing editor overseeing environmental and workplace safety issues.