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The first reporter hired to the new Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting has more than 30 years of experience covering issues in Louisville and other parts of Kentucky.

R. G. Dunlop previously wrote for The Courier-Journal, serving in roles including state enterprise reporter, legal affairs reporter and city editor. Since joining The C-J in 1977, Dunlop has worked on two teams that won the George Polk Award and on three teams that were Pulitzer Prize finalists. He’s reported on topics ranging from prescription drug abuse to the corruption in politics.

“I’m delighted and privileged to be part of this exciting new investigative reporting adventure,” Dunlop said in a statement. “I’m eager to resume the pursuit of public-service journalism, and to help provide Kentuckians with a unique source of credible information about important issues and decision-makers.”

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting is part of Louisville Public Media, which also operates WFPL, WFPK and WUOL. It will consist of a managing editor and four reporters, who’ll produce in-depth, investigative reporting.

“Ralph Dunlop brings a passionate commitment to this work, a reputation for integrity beyond reproach, and
deep and broad reporting and editing experience,” LPM President Donovan Reynolds said in a statement. “We intend to put this experience to good use in bringing to light matters of public interest and importance.”

Brendan McCarthy, a former reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, was recently appointed the center’s managing editor. Three reporting position remain open.