Family Donates $2.5 Million to Fund Investigative Journalism

Posted on February 25, 2020 9:22 am

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A Miami family is pledging $2.5 million to help fund investigative journalism in South Florida.

Ron and Charlene Esserman established The Esserman Family Fund for Investigative Journalism at the Miami Foundation on Monday, the Miami Herald reported.

The family’s gift, along with contributions from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will help fund an annual top prize of $10,000 and two $1,000 honorable mention prizes for South Florida’s “best accountability” reporting. The gift will also support a $50,000 annual, yearlong investigative reporting fellowship for young reporters at the Herald.

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Esserman family and