NPR – Investigative reporters find new ways to use reportorial skills

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As some newspapers are going out of business and many more are shedding costs, a lot of investigative journalists who have devoted years to exposing government corruption and corporate scandals are leaving their newsrooms.

While some have been given pink slips, others left on their own steam, bailing out for corporate or political PR jobs, teaching gigs or even new careers as private investigators.

Still others are seeking fulfillment in a different kind of public service. Take, for instance, the paths of Doug Frantz and Joel Sappell, two former journalists for the Los Angeles Times.

“The issue for me has always been … Can I find a job where I can look myself in the mirror every morning before I go to work and say, ‘I’m going to do good?’ ” says Frantz, a former L.A. Times reporter and managing editor.

Frantz is now chief investigator for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.