The Hummel Report

Investigative Reports That Get Results

A Rhode Island 501c3 Non-Profit

What is the Hummel Report?

Jim Hummel left the traditional news because he saw where the industry was going. After 13 years at the Providence Journal, then 13 years at ABC Channel 6 News, Jim founded The Hummel Report in 2009. Now he is on the cutting edge of the New Media news outlets.


With an exclusive partnership with WPRO 630 AM and 99.7 FM, Rhode Island PBS Television, and the Providence Journal newspaper, Jim can now provide on multiple media outlets the hard nosed investigative journalism he did while creating the "You Paid for It" segment on ABC 6.


The Hummel Report is a non-profit organization with an IRS approved 501(c)3 status.  Donations to the Hummel Report are 100% tax deductible to the full extent of the law.


The mission of the Hummel Report is to expose waste and corruption in government to the people of Rhode Island and become the go-to source for news outlets of any medium across the state. And through the Rhode Island Spotlight, we strive to highlight and celebrate community heroes, both individuals and organizations that are making a significant, positive difference for fellow Rhode Islanders.


The Hummel Report is funded by individual and corporate donors and foundation grants. The Hummel Report is a non-partisan, non-profit with an IRS 501(c)3 designation and donations to the organization are 100% tax deductible to the full extent of the law.  WE DO NOT ACCEPT DONATIONS FROM POLITICIANS OR POLITICAL ORGANIZATION - NOR DO WE ACCEPT TAX-FUNDED GRANTS


Jim Hummel, CEO/Senior Investigative Reporter


Bill Felkner, Director of Operations


Frank Sullivan, Director of Development and Strategic Planning



Donor Transparency Policy


We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions. We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors.


We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content. We will make public all donors who give $5000 or more per year - listed on our Platinum Sponsor List on this webpage. As a nonprofit, we will avoid accepting donations from anonymous sources, and we will not accept donations from government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates actively seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.


For a copy of our most recent IRS 990 form, click here.


Editorial Independence Policy


We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:


Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.


We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.


Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.


Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN's Membership Standards.