About Us

The Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program at the CUNY J School provides advanced training in state and local fiscal issues through week-long and weekend programs emphasizing in-depth knowledge of key controversies, overcoming reporting challenges and improving storytelling. It will help reporters stay on top of breaking issues through its email newsletter and website, and create a network of reporters covering the beat.


The Ravitch Program is funded by generous grants from Richard Ravitch, long-time New York civic leader, and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.


The Ravitch Fiscal Program is developed and executed exclusively by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism under the direction of Greg David, director of the Ravitch Program and the Business and Economic Reporting Program of the CUNY and with the advice of Dean Sarah Bartlett. The reporting programs are selected by Greg David with the advice of the dean. The donors have no role in the editorial content of the program.


To assist the J-School in ensuring that the curriculum is current and comprehensive, the director of the program, Greg David, consults annually with a board of advisors. The board consists of William Glasgall, program and editorial director of Volcker Alliance’s State/Local Accountability and Improvement programs; Stephen Fehr, senior officer of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ state and local fiscal health initiative; Michael Oreskes, senior vice president and editorial director of NPR; and and Barbara Selvin, an associate professor of journalism at Stony Brook University.


Palm Springs retiree health costs exceed all other desert cities combined,” by Jesse Marx

Emanuel’s short-term budget solutions will cost $1 billion in interest,” Peter Matuszak

Despite strong economy, budgets are breaking across San Diego county,” Ashly McGlone

Florida legislators hide projects in university budgets,” by Arek Sarkissian

Advocates concerned about proposals to block grant Medicaid,” Kate Gimmarise

Trumped Towers;” One More Thing Trump Has Thrown Into Choas, Portland’s Affordable Housing Market,” Dick VanderHart

Despite Reforms, City and County Pensions Are Billions Short,” by Ashley McGlone

``Paying for retirees has never cost LA taxpayers more,” Peter Jamison

Past Due,” Illinois NPR budget project

Illinois Issues: The Cost of Doing Business Without a Budget,” Jamey Dunn

California’s Pension Gap” by Jack Dolan

Massive State and Local Pension Debt Often Means Higher Taxes” by Maria Koklanaris

Bank run? $220 million withdrawn in 6 weeks from troubled Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund” by Tristan Hallman

Dallas voters will be asked to cut city pensions. But will it be enough?” by Tristan Hallman

Can Dallas Police and Fire Pension fund be saved? Officials propose changes to head off insolvency?” by Tristan Hallman

Pay raises for Dallas Police will come at a high price to city” by Tristan Hallman

Locals owe Calpers $368 million, but pension costs dropping,” by Jesse Mark

`’How a year and a half of pension progress was wiped out in just three months,” by

Stock market tumble could keep pension funds behind,” by Geoff Mulvihill

Utah turns to stress tests to help prepare for future downturns,” By William Lucia

City Slashes Savings Account to Buy Police and Fire Vehicles,” by Amos Bridges

Detroit is unique but there are lessons from Detroit for distressed cities,” by Lindsay VanHulle

Is Keeping an NBA Team in Milwaukee Worth the Money,” by Bill Lucia

After a few years afloat, pension plans start sinking again,” by Liz Farmer

Court says Christie can cut pension,” by Jessica Gould

City pension fund courting more risk in chase for higher returns,” by Robert McClendon

Democratic mayoral candidates not talking about DROP,” by Claudia Vargas

$15 billion: What Mass. needs to pay retiree insurance benefits but doesn’t have” by Shira Schoenberg

Pennsylvania Pensions: Is the promise broken” by Crossroads

Candidates ignore city’s biggest issue: Pensions” by Claudia Vargas

State retirement incentive could cause exodus’‘ by Shira Schoenberg

“Detroit Schools Finances Are In a Freefall,” by Chad Livengood

``Pension Fight Comes to a Head in Memphis” by Timothy Martin

“Michigan pays price for auto investment” by Chad Livengood

“Amid rising costs, New Orleans employee pension fund under pressure to trim benefits” by Robert McClendon

“Medicaid costs spiked $1 billion in Massachusetts primarily due to Affordable Care Act” by Shira Schoenberg

“Griffin: Municipal retirees’ insurance cost taxpayers millions” by Jake Griffin

“Michigan House agency: $454M shortfall this year” by Chad Livengood

“Hegar suggests shift strategy rainy-day fund” by Aman Batheja

“Beware of localities borrowing retiree costs” by Chad Livengood

“Wolf’s budget includes pension borrowing” by Mary Wilson

“Rauner plan could cost suburbs 25% of reserves” by Jake Griffin