Investigations

Exposés, reports
and analysis.

Outrages & Insights

Muckraking blog
by Jim Heaney

GreenPost

Environmental blog
by Dan Telvock

Tom Toles

Editorial cartoons
and commentary

About Us

Investigative Post is the only news organization in Western New York dedicated exclusively to watchdog journalism. We’re a non-profit newsroom that produces independent, non-partisan investigative stories and analysis on issues that matter to the citizens and taxpayers of Buffalo and Western New York.

We tell the stories that need to be told. We select stories based on their importance and potential for impact. Our aim is to expose wrongdoing, explain complex issues and hold people in power accountable. Much of what we report on would otherwise go uncovered.

We apply rigorous reporting standards to our work. We make extensive use of data and documents to supplement interviews and other methods of shoe-leather reporting. We get it right and tell it straight.

We’re the only news outlet in Western New York that produces stories on all major publishing platforms: print, television, radio and the web. In addition to stories, we produce podcasts and web and video blogs, and appear regularly on radio interview programs.

Media partners, audience

We distribute our work on our website, InvestigativePost.org, and through partnerships with WGRZ TV, 2 On Your Side, the NBC affiliate for Buffalo; WBFO, Buffalo’s NPR News Station; The Capitol Pressroom, heard on 20 public radio stations around the state, including WBFO, and The Public, WNY’s alternative newsweekly.

These partnerships, coupled with our extensive use of social media on Facebook and Twitter, enable our investigations to reach an audience of up to 265,000 readers, viewers and listeners, the largest weekday reach of any news outlet in WNY.

We are establishing a statewide presence, as well. We also have working relationships with Gannett Corp.’s six upstate newspapers, including the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, and the Times Union of Albany. We also have working relationships with ProPublica, the nation’s leading non-profit news organization, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Impact

The quality of our work and the size of our audience means our reporting has impact. Consider these results:

Buffalo Billion
Story: State awards lucrative contracts to politically connected companies to develop Buffalo Billion facilities.
Impact: U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara files criminal charges against nine government and business officials in the awarding of contracts in Buffalo and elsewhere around the state.

Lead poisoning
Story: Lead poisoning rates among inner-city children in Buffalo are among the highest in the state.
Impact: City Hall and Erie County revise procedures and policies to better target high-risk neighborhoods.

Scajaquada Creek
Story: Government inaction has resulted in the dumping of 500 million gallons of sewage and stormwater runoff into the creek each year.
Impact: State and local government agree to multi-million-dollar plan to reduce overflows into the creek.

Gallagher Beach
Story: Beach slated to open for public swimming is badly polluted.
Impact: Tests reveal high bacterial counts; state withdraws plans for swimming beach.

Economic opportunity
Story: African Americans comprise small fraction of workforce constructing SolarCity plant in South Buffalo despite accounting for 40 percent of Buffalo’s population.
Impact: Minority community mobilizes to promote more diversity in construction trades.

Recycling
Story: Buffalo’s recycling rate is well below the national average because of a subpar program.
Impact: City makes numerous changes to program in effort to improve the recycling rate.

Our work has been cited for excellence by Investigative Reporters & Editors and the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association. Other honors include Edward R. Murrow Award, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the New York State Association of Black Journalists and the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists

Spree magazine this spring lauded us in its “Best Of” issue for “drawing public attention to issues that could work against the public good and prompting activism around those issues.”

Our coverage has also been noted by national news organizations including The New York Times and Bloomberg News.

Staff & leadership

Investigative Post is headed by Jim Heaney, a former investigative reporter with The Buffalo News and Pulitzer Prize finalist. Our reporters include Dan Telvock, who covers the environment, Charlotte Keith, whose reporting has focused on the economy and social services, and Daniela Porat, who joined the staff in September after a stint at The New York Times.

Our board of directors include two Pulitzer Prize winners, David Cay Johnston, formerly of The New York Times; and Tom Toles, formerly of The Buffalo News, now with The Washington Post.

Funders

Our funders have included many local foundations, including the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation; national foundations, including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and hundreds of individuals whose donations range from $10 to $20,000.

A listing of all our major funders can be found here.

Events

We sponsor “At Issue,” an informative and sometimes provocative event series to inform the public on issues of importance to the community, which also makes for a fun night out. Our membership program provides free and discounted admission to these events, which include panel discussions and reporter presentations on serious topics, social activities that include trivia nights, and an annual summer concert featuring Tom Toles.

Investigative Post is a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News. We’re a 501-c3; all donations are tax-deductible. We’re located at 487 Main St., Suite 300, Buffalo, NY 14203. Our phone number is 716-831-2626.