Consumer Reporters and Advocates in Media (CRAM) was formed in late in 2013 as a means to share information between and among professionals involved in consumer journalism and consumer protection.
Free membership is open to print, online, and broadcast journalists, editors, and producers whose primary beat is consumer reporting. Consumer advocates from recognized consumer groups, agencies, and websites are equally welcome to join and participate.
The goal of the organization is to encourage information sharing between members so that good ideas, stories, programs, and issues can be more widely discussed and disseminated for the benefit of consumers nationwide.
The organization was founded by Bob Sullivan, author and longtime consumer reporter and creator of MSNBC.com’s Red Tape Chronicles; Christopher Elliott, a consumer advocate and travel journalist who founded Elliott.org in 1997; Mitch Lipka, a veteran consumer reporter for such publications as the Boston Globe, Reuters, and many online sites who passed away in 2016; and Edgar Dworsky, longtime Boston consumer advocate, Founder of Consumer World and Mouse Print*, and a former Assistant Attorney General in Consumer Protection in Massachusetts.