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Reveal is the Peabody Award-winning investigative journalism program for public radio.
We’ve heard the news, but we want to know what really happened.
That’s what Reveal is all about: finding out what’s going on behind the scenes, hidden from public view.


There’s more to the story.

Produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. This collaboration intends to create a weekly program devoted to high quality investigative stories told in compelling ways. Reveal will present original work from CIR's team along with various partners: stations, producers, web sites, journalism centers and reporters from around the world. 

Reveal will launch officially on a monthly schedule on Saturday, January 24, 2015. Thank you to all the program directors, news directors, station managers and producers who helped us get to this stage!

The full hour-long radio show will be distributed exclusively by PRX.org starting Thursday, January 22, 2015. The radio air window opens Saturday, January 24.

Reveal will be free to all stations regardless of PRX membership. Not sure how to use PRX? - drop us a line at prxhelp@prx.org.

Reveal - the show so far: 

Reveal launched with three hour-long pilots in 2013 and 2014, tackling multiple investigative stories, winning a Peabody Award and leading to real impact. Hundreds of stations aired the programs. Missed them? Listen to them below.

CIR and PRX created the program because stations told us they wanted a regular investigative presence in public radio. Listeners are showing a hunger for deeper journalism with meaningful impact. 

Reveal will showcase the best investigative reporting together in one regular, national broadcast. 

Reveal is based on a collaborative production model: many of the stories come from CIR’s award-winning newsroom, but excellent stories come from many investigative efforts. The pilots featured work from the Center for Public Integrity and public radio stations including WNYC, Chicago Public Radio, Michigan Radio, KQED and others. The pilots also included collaborations with the PBS NewsHour, various print outlets and websites to extend the reach of their featured stories. CIR and PRX are in conversation with dozens of other news outlets and public radio stations to feature their stories on Reveal.

Reveal is more than a radio program. It also produces stand-alone digital assets - from accompanying text stories, to data interactives, video, animations, and more - offered to stations for their audiences to engage with any time. Plus a Reveal podcast is in production for 2015.

Reveal won a 2014 Peabody award for CIR’s original investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs’ role in over-prescribing opioid drugs to returning Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. The story put pressure on the VA and, as a result, the federal agency has reformed some of its most egregious prescription practices.

Al Letson, the recipient of multiple journalism awards for his original series, State of the Re:Union, is the host of Reveal. Al’s engaging storytelling style and straight-on questioning will be hallmarks of Reveal.


  • Reveal will be 59-minutes long
  • It will have a newshole
  • It will have two floating 1:00 breaks

Monthly schedule:

Reveal will air monthly from January through June. We will not permit cherry picking or bundling of programs because of the timelines of the investigations. The AIR WINDOW for the first two quarters are:

  • January 24, 2015-February 13, 2015
  • February 14, 2015-March 13, 2015
  • March 14, 2015-April 10, 2015
  • April 11, 2015-May 8, 2015
  • May 9, 2015-June 12, 2015
  • June 13, 2015-July 3, 2015

The first WEEKLY show of Reveal will be released on July 2, 2015 for broadcast starting Saturday July 4, 2015. It will be delivered to station automation systems through SubAuto on PRX or available by exclusive download through PRX.org. The weekly program will also be free to all stations regardless of PRX membership status.

Questions, comments, concerns?

Contact John Barth at john@prx.org or Kathleen Unwin at kathleen@prx.org.


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