Joaquin Alvarado, who departed as senior v.p. for digital innovation for American Public Media in March, is joining the Center for Investigative Reporting as its first chief strategy officer, the nonprofit news organization announced today (May 2). Alvarado will work to expand membership, engage diverse audiences and increase revenue for the San Francisco-based center, the nation's oldest nonprofit investigative reporting organization. Alvarado also will take a leadership role in the center's new YouTube investigative channel.
“When I joined the board of CIR last year, I said that CIR exemplifies a truly networked newsroom with some of the most talented reporters and producers working today,” Alvarado said in a statement. “It’s still true — and even more so with the merger with The Bay Citizen. I’m thrilled to join CIR in this new position, working alongside the leadership and newsroom staffs to build a model that proves risk taking and engagement lead to sustainability and success.”
Previous to his work with APM, Alvarado was senior v.p. for diversity and innovation at CPB, and also headed up the National Public Lightpath, which advocates for high-speed fiber-optic networks.