David Logan, Who Funded Investigative Journalism, Has Died

January 24, 2011

Alicia Cypress

David Logan, a philanthropist and supporter of investigative journalism, died Saturday in Chicago after getting pneumonia following a heart operation, according to the Associated Press. He was 93.

The AP writes that:

"Referring to investigative reporting as 'the guardian of the public interest,' Logan's foundation, the Reva and David Logan Foundation, provided funding for investigative journalism projects and the efforts of journalists. 'He was a real fireball,' said his son [Daniel]. 'He was energized by his anger that things in the world weren't as good as he wanted them to be.' "

Logan's foundation provided significant funding for the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism program, the Center for Investigative Reporting and PBS-TV's Frontline. It also supported projects centered on education, the arts, religion and social change.

"The passing of David Logan is a great loss for the cause of investigative reporting. Most important was his deep belief that he expressed to me and others, in the kind of work that brings about change, that rights wrongs," says Lowell Bergman, co-founder of the non-profit Center for Investigative Reporting. Bergman also serves as the Riva and David Logan Distinguished Professor of Investigative Reporting at Berkeley.

(Alicia Cypress is the web editor for investigations at NPR.) Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.