Our Mission

Retro Report is a digital-first documentary news organization dedicated to examining stories after their headlines fade; it is non-partisan, independent and non-profit.  Each of our short documentaries delivers a complete report of a major news event, and the resulting impact on our lives today.

Retro Report is founded on the conviction that without an engaging and forward-looking review of high-profile events and the news coverage surrounding them, we lose a critical opportunity to understand the lessons of history.  In a culture increasingly disposed towards trending news and Twitter-sized sound bites, the importance of our mission is amplified.

Complicating matters, the first draft of history can be wrong. When news organizations fail to invest the time and money required to correct the record or provide context around what really happened, myth can replace truth. The results are policy decisions and cultural trends built on error, misunderstanding or flat-out lies.

Retro Report is there to pick up the story after everyone has moved on, connecting the dots from yesterday to today, correcting the record and providing a permanent living library where viewers can gain new insight into the events that shaped their lives.

Our Origin

Retro Report was created by Christopher Buck, who first began drawing up the blueprints for this living news library more than a decade ago. An entrepreneur and a philanthropist, Buck is a reformed news junkie who spent 15 years working as a television editor.

The project was launched by Buck, his partner Larry Chollet and Managing Editor Kyra Darnton and their team of producers, reporters and editors.

In keeping with our public service goals, Retro Report is organized under the umbrella of Mirror/Mirror Productions, Inc., a New York not-for-profit corporation which was recently determined by the Internal Revenue Service to be a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We seek tax-deductible donations from foundations, institutions and individuals to support our work. “The Population Bomb” story was supported, in part, by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Just as traditional news companies have created a wall between their advertising and their editorial departments to prevent undue influence, we likewise maintain a wall between our fundraising and our editorial departments. We will not charge for access to the website.

Our Governance

Editorially, we are governed by strict adherence to the highest journalistic standards. To provide another level of accountability, Retro Report is in the process of forming an Advisory Board to help steer its journalistic mission.

We know individuals may interpret historical events and their consequences differently from us. Because of this, we welcome your comments about our pieces and will publish all comments that remain within the generally accepted standards of appropriate and constructive dialogue. In some ways, our ultimate governance will come from you.

Awards & Accolades

Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California (2016)
“Atomic Vets” wins for Explanatory Journalism

News and Documentary Emmy Awards (2016)
“Vaccines: An Unhealthy Skepticism” nominated for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story

The Edward R. Murrow Awards (2016)
Retro Report winner of Regional Overall Excellence

The Edward R. Murrow Awards (2016)
“The Population Bomb?” winner of Best Regional Continuing Coverage

The Edward R. Murrow Awards (2016)
“Transforming History” winner of Best Regional Video News Documentary

The Mirror Awards (2016)
“Haunted by Columbine” nominated for Best Single Story

The Webby Awards (2016)
“Anatomy of an Interrogation” Official Honoree for Online Video: News & Politics

News and Documentary Emmy Awards (2015) “Go or No Go: The Challenger Legacy” winner for Outstanding Editing

The Edward R. Murrow Awards (2015) “A Search for Justice” winner of Best National Continuing Coverage

The Webby Awards (2015) “Go or No Go: the Challenger Legacy” chosen as an honoree for Best Editing

FOCAL International Award (2015) “Go or No Go: The Challenger Legacy” winner of best innovative use of archival footage

The News & Documentary Emmy Awards (2014) “The Shadow of Thalidomide” nominated for Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Magazine

The Edward R. Murrow Awards (2014) Retro Report winner of Regional Overall Excellence

The Edward R. Murrow Awards (2014) “The Sleeper Cell That Wasn’t” winner of Best Regional Video News Documentary

The Gracie Awards (2014) “The Shadow of Thalidomide” winner of Outstanding Original Online Programming

The Mirror Awards (2014) “Taking the Lid Off the McDonald’s Coffee Case” nominated for Best Single Story