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ProPublica's Richard Tofel On Why Journalism Should Spur Action

Aug 13, 2019

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“Today more than ever, journalism should spur political and social action.”  That’s according to Richard Tofel, president of independent news organization ProPublica.

Tofel helped found the nonprofit in 2007 to fill the gap in investigative reporting created when news organizations started to cut their budgets. 

Tofel is in Aspen Tuesday. He'll discuss the press’s role in a democracy, as well as the challenges of today’s news market, with Aspen Journalism’s Brent Gardner-Smith.

Ahead of the event, he spoke with Aspen Public Radio about ProPublica's belief that journalism should inspire action.