FairWarning is a nonprofit investigative news organization that focuses on public health, safety and environmental issues and related topics of government and business accountability.
With the size and budgets of many newsrooms in free fall, the watchdog role of traditional media is eroding. But even in good times, few news outlets gave priority to health and safety investigations — despite the potential to save readers and audiences from devastating injury or death. In today’s hollowed out newsrooms, even fewer reporters have the resources to tackle these complex and time-intensive stories.
Yet the need for hard-hitting coverage of these subjects is more acute than ever. FairWarning strives to provide this coverage as a non-partisan, non-ideological public service. Based in Los Angeles, FairWarning was established in 2009 and began publishing March 24, 2010.