June 16, 2022

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Shannon GaNun, Director of Development
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The Current recently received a grant from the Columbia Journalism School for reporting on inequalities and misconduct in the American criminal justice system.

The $30,000 grant, distributed through the Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights, will provide financial assistance and professional collaboration to pursue major reporting projects in Coastal Georgia on law enforcement, criminal prosecutions, judicial conduct, incarceration and racial and human rights abuses.

“As the region’s only nonprofit investigative news organization, we are an advocate for our neighbors and readers,” said Editor in Chief Margaret Coker. “This funding will be instrumental to our ability to shine a more intense light on how justice is served in Coastal Georgia.”

The grant was awarded after The Current’s exclusive reporting in 2021 that revealed a historic pattern of implicit bias and troubling behavior by Glynn County police and local authorities in the wake of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder.

The prestigious Columbia Journalism School joins The Current’s impressive list of funders, including the following:

  • Bobolink Foundation
  • Fund for Investigative Journalism
  • Google News Initiative
  • Howard W. Dobbs Foundation
  • Inasmuch Foundation
  • Knight Foundation
  • Miami Foundation
  • ProPublica
  • Report for America

ABOUT THE CURRENT: The Current is a non-profit news organization that provides original, in-depth watchdog journalism affecting Savannah and Coastal Georgia. It is an independent non-partisan organization whose professional journalists work to increase awareness and accountability through solutions-oriented reporting and personal stories that affect all our communities. It is funded solely by donations from its supporters and readers. For additional information about The Current, please visit or call 912-547-1617.


Shannon GaNun is director of development for The Current GA. You can reach her at