Joe Bergantino


Co-Founder and Executive Director Emeritus
617.353.4546 (office)

Joe Bergantino is the Co-Founder and Executive Director Emeritus of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. Bergantino has been a national and local investigative reporter for 35 years. He spent most of his career as the I-Team Reporter for WBZ-TV in Boston.

He also did investigative reporting for WPLG-TV, the Washington Post-owned TV station in Miami and spent five years as a correspondent for ABC News where he reported for World News Tonight, Nightline and Good Morning America. During his career, Bergantino has won many of the broadcasting industry’s most prestigious awards including a duPont-Columbia Award and Citation, a Robert F. Kennedy Award for reporting on the disadvantaged, and a Gabriel Award.

He has won several local Emmy awards including one designating him Best Investigative Reporter in New England. He was twice nominated for national Emmys for his work in 2002 and 2004. His stories have had a major impact on the lives of New Englanders and the results of his investigations have been felt worldwide. Bergantino is a clinical professor of journalism at Boston University and has taught journalism courses at Boston College since 1995.

Latest Articles

A letter to Putin from NECIR journalist detained by Russian authorities

Dear Mr. Putin, Was it really necessary to replay a scene from a tired, old cold war movie? I’m referring to Thursday morning when your government dispatched at least six of its immigration agents to disrupt an investigative reporting workshop that a colleague and I were conducting at a hotel in your hometown of St. Petersburg. Among our “subversive” topics: how to be fair and balanced, ethical and thorough, and how to use data to be more precise and accurate.

Dispensing Misinformation: Wrong information given about Plan B birth control/emergency contraception

A joint investigation by Teens in Print and NECIR has discovered that personnel at 71 percent of pharmacies did not respond with the correct age or ID requirements needed to buy the emergency contraceptive pill.

Notorious Lowell arson case cast in doubt

Did Lowell Police rush to judgment in a case that captured the state’s attention?

Welcoming the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting

It’s a great day for the citizens of our region. Today, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University...

Charity Begins at Home: Salvation Army Buys Millions in Homes for Top Officers

Over the past decade, the Salvation Army of Massachusetts has bought at least $4 million dollars worth of spacious homes in some of the most sought after communities in the state to house its top officers, including paying $799,000 for a white Colonial in Needham for the charity’s state commander.

State Official Forced Out Amid Allegations Of Mismanagement Collecting Thousands A Month In Consultant...

Governor Deval Patrick’s appointee to run an agency that makes critical decisions about the status of licensed professionals and the pensions of state retirees abruptly resigned last week amid a massive backlog of cases and complaints about her management of the office.

Face Your Regulator

Tell top officials at the Massachusetts Division of Banks what you think of their record of disciplining brokers and lenders during the subprime mortgage...

NECIR-BU is Part of a Revolutionary Movement

When we launched the New England Center for Investigative Reporting here at Boston University back in January, we had no idea we would be...