Center for Public Integrity Lays Off Four Reporters, Two Staffers

The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center in Washington, has laid off four reporters and two business-side staff members this week. The Center focuses on ethics and public service issues. iWatch News, the Center’s online publication, has sought to produce original investigative pieces on public issues.

A statement from Executive Director Bill Buzenberg released to FishbowlDC this afternoon reports the following: “Letting good people go is never easy. This adjustment to our budget going forward was necessary so the Center can continue to deliver vital investigative reporting to the public.”

We tried seeking further details on the firings from the center. “It’s fairly terse but it’s what we have right now,” said The Center for Public Integrity’s Spokesman Randy Barrett in a Tuesday afternoon phone call regarding Buzenberg’s statement above.

UPDATE: The Center’s total staff is comprised of 34 employees. The editorial staff now has 28 people.

UPDATE #2: This was the third series of departures at the Center for Public Integrity, which apparently had a record fundraising year in 2011. First was in December. Read here.