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Public media puts millions into investigative work

WASHINGTON (WKOW, AP) -- NPR, PBS and local public broadcast stations around the country are hiring more journalists and putting millions of dollars into investigative news.

Public radio and TV stations have witnessed the increasing need for reporting that holds government and businesses accountable after newspapers and TV networks cut their staffs.

In the past three years, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has invested more than $90 million in federal funds on new journalism initiatives. In San Diego, this has made the public radio station more competitive with other news outlets.

Still, the idea of tax dollars going toward public station's journalistic efforts has drawn some criticism. Their push for an increase in news reporting also comes as conservatives seek to cut all federal public broadcast funding as part of their budget proposal.

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