Feb 23, 2016 — The nonprofit news organization The Marshall Project has named Carroll Bogert of Human Rights Watch as its first-ever president.
Bogert, who previously served as Deputy Executive Director for External Relations at Human Rights Watch and before that, as a foreign correspondent for Newsweek magazine, will oversee day-to-day operations of The Marshall Project, which covers criminal justice issues in the United States.
“I am honored that Carroll Bogert will be joining us as The Marshall Project’s first president,” said founder Neil Barsky. “In under two years, we have succeeded in establishing The Marshall Project as a first-class journalism organization. Carroll’s vision and management experience will mean we can devote ourselves even more energetically to covering the myriad issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system.”
“I’ve known and admired Carroll since we were Moscow correspondents in the final days of the Soviet Union, and I’m confident she’ll be a great partner,” said editor-in-chief Bill Keller. “She knows and respects honest, aggressive journalism. And from her successful years at Human Rights Watch, she knows how to build a mission-driven organization. I’m excited to work with her in taking The Marshall Project to the next level.”
Bogert has enjoyed a distinguished career in journalism, non-profit management and strategic communications. She began her career as a foreign correspondent for Newsweek, beginning as a stringer in China, then moving to the Southeast Asia bureau as correspondent, becoming bureau chief in Moscow, and finally working as an editor and international correspondent in the magazine’s New York office.
Bogert joined Human Rights Watch, a nongovernmental organization defending human rights globally, in 1998. Under her leadership, Human Rights Watch established an award-winning multimedia division, a digital team running websites in seven languages, and a vibrant social media presence, including the largest Twitter following of any NGO in the world. Her media staff grew from two to thirty, and the organization’s overall budget more than sextupled.
“I’ve always worked at the intersection of media and nonprofits,” said Bogert. “It’s an incredibly dynamic sector. And it has a huge contribution to make in solving pernicious social problems. To solve problems, you have to understand them. That requires first-rate journalism, and that’s what The Marshall Project has been serving up consistently, since Day One. I’m really proud to be joining this team.”
ABOUT THE MARSHALL PROJECT: Founded in 2014, The Marshall Project has swiftly become a leader among nonprofit newsrooms. In the past year we published over 400 original articles that ranged from deep investigative projects and profiles that put a human face on criminal justice; to explanatory and contextual pieces, along with guest commentary and voices from inside the system. The Marshall Project has interviewed President Obama, and is the recipient of a Polk Award and the John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Journalism.