iPost elects Biehl board president

Investigative Post has added two members to its board of directors and elected Jody Kleinberg Biehl as president.

Biehl, an original member of the board dating to 2012, will fulfill the balance of the term of David Cay Johnston, who resigned citing a daunting workload as a best-selling book author, lecturer and teacher. Johnston, a former Pulitzer Prize winner with The New York Times, praised Investigative Post for its “superb work … first-rate reporters … and success in raising money.”

Biehl is a faculty member in the University of Buffalo English department and director of U.B.’s journalism program.  She also serves as faculty adviser for The Spectrum, U.B.’s student newspaper. She has reported for Der Spiegel, Germany’s leading newsweekly, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Dr. Michael Merrill and Christopher Smith were appointed board members Thursday.

Merrill is medical director, clinical performance management, with Independent Health. He considers Investigative Post “the most important charity in Western New York.” Before attending medical school,  he worked as a newspaper reporter for three years after graduating from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Smith is CEO and chief marketing officer of Community Beer Works. Previously, he was a lead engineer and project manager for Oracle Corp. Smith was a co-founder of WNYMedia.net, the region’s first citizen journalism outlet perhaps best known for reporting on Carl Paladino’s circulation of racist and pornographic emails.

Smith and Merrill join a board that also includes Richard Schroeder, Tom Toles and Kevin Davis.

Investigative Post is an award-winning nonprofit investigative reporting center based in Buffalo. It distributes its reporting in partnership with WGRZ, WBFO, The Public and The Capitol Pressroom.