Tarbell was founded by an industry whistleblower, and as such, we wish to encourage and enable any whistleblowers and confidential sources to report the issues they see in their industry.

If you have witnessed an act of corruption or collusion that you would like to report, or you would like to tell us about your own experiences in a confidential manner, Tarbell strongly urges you to protect your identity. Even if the tip seems innocuous enough, it’s always best to proceed with caution. Remember, once something is public online, it almost always stays online. 

Tarbell is a non-profit news site, and we will protect our confidential sources. As a news entity, we have journalism shield laws and as a non-profit organization, we have stronger protection under the freedom of association in the Constitution which gives people a right to associate with a non-profit organization in private. We take the protection of confidential sources very seriously and will protect our sources from being public unless you decide to go public.

When in doubt, protect yourself. If you need more advice, check out POGO’s 2019 report for whistleblowers for a more extensive description of risks and protections.

Just one last thing: our suggestions are simply that — suggestions — and they should not be interpreted as legal advice.

How To Connect Securely To Tarbell


Signal is an encrypted phone application that allows you to send encrypted messages to your Android, iOS and Desktop devices. This is probably the simplest method to contact Tarbell via encryption.

Tarbell’s Signal Number: +855 95 918 800

Encrypted Email

You can also encrypt your email using our PGP fingerprint and public key. Please note that if you use an encrypted mail plugin (e.g. Mailvelope, FlowCrypt), your email address and subject line are not encrypted. If you’re not familiar with end-to-end encryption, check out this deep dive on encryption and how to use it from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Fingerprint: D687 538C 8700 DDEB AD91 58B2 81BA 5AD5 CBCC FDEB

Email: hello@tarbell.org

Postal Mail

Sending documents in a physical package is another option for anonymity. If you choose this option, be sure to mail the package via a freestanding mailbox, rather than from your house, workplace or post office.

Mail secure packages to:

To Be Fair, Inc.

614 S. 4th St. #310

Philadelphia, PA 19147