The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting


The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting's mission is to seek protection for society's most vulnerable citizens, to expose wrongdoing in the public and private sectors, to increase transparency in these areas and hold officials accountable. The Center is under the umbrella of Louisville Public Media, which operates three public radio stations (WFPL, WFPK, WUOL) from downtown Louisville. Our reporting will be widely distributed on web, radio, television and print and cover all corners of the state. 

We will produce independent pieces, working cooperatively with the beat reporters in the WFPL newsroom and amplifying our work through partnerships with other news organizations.

The Center was established in summer 2013. Our current team consists of award-winning investigative reporters: Brendan McCarthy, a newspaper and television alum from New Orleans; R.G. Dunlop, a longtime local watchdog who has uncovered abuse and fraud in Kentucky for more than 35 years; and Kristina Goetz, a veteran reporter.

We are in the process of hiring two additional reporters.  

Our website is under construction and will debut soon. For now, you can learn more about us on our Facebook page, or on our @KentuckyCIR Twitter account.

You can find our stories here.

Brendan McCarthy can be reached at or (502) 814.6541.

R.G. Dunlop can be reached at or (502) 814.6533.

Kristina Goetz can be reached at or (502) 814.6546.