CPI to absorb Huffington Post Fund, health focus to continue

The New York Times‘ Tanzina Vega reports that two major news nonprofits, both regulars on this blog, are joining forces to create a heavyweight investigative unit with deep roots in the nation’s capital. The Center for Public Integrity, who we praised most recently for the wide-ranging asbestos investigation they did with the BBC, will absorb the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, which was founded last year. The HuffPo crew will bring with them $2 million in grant money, Vega reported.

Huffington Post Investigative Fund reporters Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz have come up often in this space, thanks to their dogged coverage of health information technology and the ARRA. Editor Keith Epstein told AHCJ, via e-mail, that the combined organization will build on their efforts.

We’re going to have a strong emphasis on health reporting generally, and we’re excited that part of that emphasis will be continued and even enhanced examinations of the nation’s deployment of stimulus-fueled health information technology.

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