Our Mission

The GroundTruth Project is an award-winning nonprofit media organization dedicated to supporting a new generation of journalists and to adding increased knowledge and understanding on critical global issues through our enterprise journalism.

Headed by Charles M. Sennott, GroundTruth is committed to narrative storytelling that enlightens and informs across media platforms, including digital, radio/podcast, television and documentary film. Our reporting centers on issues of social justice that matter for an increasingly interconnected world, including human rights, freedom of expression, emerging democracies, the environment, religious affairs and global health.

At the core of what we do is the idea of "ground truth," which, put simply, means being on the ground to tell the story. The origin of the term comes from NASA, and refers to part of the calibration process used in satellite imagery. When NASA measures something with a satellite, an employee on the ground takes the same measurement. That human measurement is known as “ground truth.”


We are a registered 501(c)(3) headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. 


See GroundTruth's Staff & Fellows Page (see Board of Directors & Advisors below.)

Learn more about GroundTruth's fellowships.

The Field Guide

October 8, 2015

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Funding Partners








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Our Board Of Directors

Charles M. Sennott

Charles Sennott is the Founder and Executive Director of The GroundTruth Project. He is an award-winning foreign correspondent, author and... Read More

Linda Mason

Linda Mason is chairman and co-founder of Bright Horizons, the largest worldwide provider of worksite child care and early education.... Read More

Calvin Sims

Calvin Sims is currently the President and CEO of International House, where he is responsible for the overall management of... Read More

David H. Feinberg

David H. Feinberg brings over 25 years of corporate law experience to the formation and growth of Feinberg Hanson LLP.... Read More

Christopher Bake

Christopher Bake is a member of the Executive Committee and the Head of Origination at Vitol. He is also Chairman... Read More

Alan Khazei

Alan Khazei is a social entrepreneur who has pioneered ways to empower citizens to make a difference. Khazei is the... Read More

Vivian Schiller

Vivian Schiller was the President and CEO of NPR and the former Global Chair of News at Twitter. She is... Read More

Robin D'Alessandro

Robin D'Alessandro is a current board member and former CEO of the Vitol Foundation. Through her philanthropic work at Vitol... Read More

Steve Waldman

Steve is President and Co-Founder of Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project. He crafted the plan for... Read More

Jim Bildner

Jim Bildner is the CEO of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. In his role, he searches for new grantees to... Read More

Our Advisors

Gary Knight

Co-Founder of GroundTruth, Co-Founder of VII Photo Agency

Deborah Amos

Senior Foreign Correspondent, NPR

Bob Woodruff

News Correspondent, ABC News and Head of the Bob Woodruff Foundation

Lynsey Addario

Photographer at the New York Times and Recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant

Sebastian Junger

Journalist, Author, Filmmaker, Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair

Phillip Martin

Senior Investigative Reporter, WGBH

Tracy Jarrett

Producer and reporter for VICE Media


Justine Calma

Climate Change Reporting Fellow


Yuen-Ying Chan

Founder of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at Hong Kong University

H.D.S. Greenway

Author of "Foreign Correspondent" and Former Foreign Editor, The Boston Globe


GroundTruth Tax Exempt 501(c)(3) form

GroundTruth Project MA State Certificate of Exemption ST-2

Press Room

GroundTruth in the Press in 2015

October 7, 2015

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GroundTruth in the Press in 2014

January 12, 2015

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