Reveal TV

CIR announces launch of four-part series for public television
Reveal TV is presented by Oregon Public Broadcasting.


Meghann Farnsworth, Director of Distribution and Engagement
(510) 809-2213

The Center for Investigative Reporting brings its signature investigative journalism to public television this fall with “Reveal,” a four-part series presented by Oregon Public Broadcasting. The National Educational Telecommunications Association will feed “Reveal” to public television stations across the United States starting Oct. 1.

A first-of-its-kind show for public television, “Reveal” aims to go beyond reporting on headlines. The magazine-style show features hard-hitting investigative videos using innovative storytelling forms, from documentaries to animations.

Each hourlong episode explores crucial and often underreported stories – from “State of Surveillance,” a look at emerging technologies that could revolutionize police tactics and government surveillance, to “Her War,” which investigates why female veterans are the fastest-growing segment of the nation’s homeless population.

The “Reveal” television series is part of CIR’s new initiative to produce and curate the best investigative reporting from news organizations across the country and around the world. This year, CIR partnered with PRX to launch the first-ever investigative public radio program, also called “Reveal.” Coming to public radio stations in 2015, the show will highlight in-depth reporting on high-impact stories that often are missing from today’s fast-moving news cycle.

The “Reveal” TV series includes:

“Alone: Teens in Solitary Confinement”
Placing teens in solitary confinement has become a standard procedure in U.S. prisons, jails and juvenile detention facilities. “Reveal” investigates this practice, taking viewers to New York City’s Rikers Island, where teens may spend months in “the box,” and a juvenile detention center in Santa Cruz, California, where solitary is used sparingly. 

“To Kill a Sparrow”
This is the story of Soheila, a young woman in Afghanistan who escaped a forced marriage with the help of the man she loves. When her father found the couple, he had her arrested. Then he threatened to kill her. Filmed inside Afghan prisons and a network of safe houses, this documentary gives viewers an intimate look at Soheila’s fight to live and love freely, a struggle thousands of women face throughout the country.

“Broken City Poets”
This coming-of-age documentary focuses on four teenagers growing up in the bankrupt, crime-ridden city of Stockton, California. With the help of some journalists, the high school students explore what happened to Stockton and what it means for their futures. Follow the teens as they prepare for – and compete in – a slam poetry contest about their troubled town.

“Generation Z: Child Soldiers of the Zetas”
The Zetas, the notoriously violent Mexican drug cartel, are enlisting new recruits for the drug war: children. This documentary takes viewers to both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, where cartel members are grooming teen assassins.

About The Center For Investigative Reporting

The Center for Investigative Reporting is the nation’s first independent, multiplatform investigative reporting organization. Devoted to holding powerful interests accountable to the public trust, CIR creatively employs cutting-edge technology and innovative storytelling to reveal injustice, spark change at all levels of society and influence public dialogue on critical issues. CIR produces high-impact reporting across print, video, TV, radio and online platforms and is the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, winner of a 2013 Emmy Award and a 2013 George Foster Peabody Award, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2012 (for local reporting) and 2013 (for public service).