The Dekker Center is based on a long standing tradition of hard-nosed investigative journalism. We are developing the next generation of critical journalists to ask the hard questions as independent journalists with an in-depth perspective on the political issues of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The Dekker Center also educates young journalists to be contrarian, forward leaning, and to set themselves apart from the common perceptions portrayed by the “mainstream” to critically view the issues. Dekker Center provides grants and educational programs for inspiring young journalists working with a hands-on approach. The center is independently funded by public grants.