Introducing our new reporter

Kate Kaye, a 20-year reporting veteran who has covered business and technology for a variety of publications, has joined the reporting staff of Investigative Post.

Kaye’s career has included stints as a reporter, editor, book author and podcast host. She returns to her native Buffalo after working in New York City, and most recently, Portland, Ore.

“A chance meeting at a journalism conference led to a job offer from Jim Heaney to move back to my hometown to join Investigative Post,” said Kaye. “Once the shock wore off, I realized the opportunity to immerse myself in the Buffalo culture and spirit I grew up with while producing meaningful investigative reporting that helps ensure citizens get a fair shake during our city’s pivotal time of transformation was something I couldn’t pass up.”

Kaye’s primary reporting duties for Investigative Post will include the regional economy and economic development. She’ll also produce a podcast.

“One of Kate’s former editors described her as a driven, relentless reporter, so she’ll fit in well with our crew,” said Heaney, editor of Investigative Post. “I’m very pleased to bring on board someone with her experience and attributes.”

In 2018, Kaye created RedTailMedia.org, a digital home base for her innovative coverage of artificial intelligence and tech ethics issues. She recently exposed the ethics and privacy concerns related to a Portland government partnership with controversial Google-sibling Sidewalk Labs and wrote about the challenges of providing fair trade data services to the AI industry.

Kaye spent the bulk of her career working in Manhattan, covering digital media politics and privacy issues with two outlets, Advertising Age, the ad industry’s oldest publication of record, and ClickZ, a digital media and advertising news site.

At Ad Age, she was recruited to craft a beat covering the all-encompassing consumer data industry, and was among the first journalists to report on Cambridge Analytica’s work with the 2016 Trump campaign. At ClickZ, Kaye covered voter ad targeting and privacy issues, creating the award-winning ClickZ Politics section.


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Her work has been recognized for excellence by the Society of American Business Editors and Incisive Media.

She also authored a book, “Campaign ‘08: A Turning Point for Digital Media,” and recently hosted a podcast, “The Credentialed,” an interview series featuring women and underrepresented minorities in technology.

Kaye, the former Kate McGuire of Kenmore, is a graduate of Buffalo State College and Mount Saint Mary Academy.

Readers can follow her on Twitter at @KateKayeReports and contact her at kkaye@investigativepost.org.

Investigative Post is an award-winning, nonprofit investigative reporting center based in Buffalo. Our work is distributed through our website and partnerships with WGRZ TV, the NBC affiliate for Buffalo; WBFO, 88.7 FM, Buffalo’s NPR news station; The Capitol Pressroom, heard on 20 public radio stations around the state, including WBFO; and Buffalo Spree, a monthly magazine.