President: David Cay Johnston has won three of journalism’s most prestigious awards, the Pulitzer Prize, the George Polk Award and an IRE Medal awarded by Investigative Reporters and Editors. Johnston has also authored several best-selling books, most recently, “The Making of Donald Trump, and launched DCReport in February 2017 to cover what the administration and Congress do, not say. He reported over four decades for five prominent newspapers; the San Jose Mercury, Detroit Free Press, Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times, where he won the Pulitzer in 2001 for his reporting that exposed loopholes and inequities in the federal tax code. He is a columnist for The Daily Beast and Investopedia. A resident of suburban Rochester, Johnston is also a distinguished visiting lecturer at the Syracuse University College of Law and Whitman School of Management. In 2012-14 he served as president of Investigative Reporters and Editors, the world’s largest professional organization of investigative journalists.
Vice President: Jody Kleinberg 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 edited the 2016 local bestseller, “Right Here, Right Now: The Buffalo Anthology,” a collection of more than 60 stories chronicling Buffalo life. Her current multimedia project, “Finding Refuge in Buffalo,” will be exhibited in the fall of 2017 and focus on refugees who came to Buffalo in the past 10 years. Biehl has 15 years experience reporting and editing for newspapers and magazines and their respective web sites, including Der Spiegel, which is Germany’s leading newsweekly with a track record of investigative reporting, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her work has also appeared in USA Today, Newsday, the Boston Globe and the Economist. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and New York University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Secretary: Kevin Davis is an internationally recognized authority on non-profit newsrooms. Davis is the former executive director and CEO of the Investigative News Network, a consortium of more than 100 nonprofit newsrooms across the United States, including Investigative Post. Davis grew the organization from a budget of $400,000 to more than $3 million during his five years with INN, which was recently renamed the Institute for Nonprofit News. Davis, who resides in Los Angeles, operates KLJD Consulting, which assists news organizations and information companies develop their business. He describes himself in his Twitter profile as “a revenue doctor for news and information businesses in search of increased impact and more diverse revenue.” Prior to his stint at INN, Davis spent more than 20 years as a publisher and digital business entrepreneur. His career has included stints at Variety.com, Hollywood.com and TheWrap.com.
At Large: Tom Toles is a Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist. A Hamburg native, he drew for The Buffalo Courier-Express from 1973-82 and Buffalo News the following 20 years, winning the Pulitzer in 1990, before joining The Washington Post in 2002. His cartoons appear in more than 200 newspapers. In 2016 he published The Madhouse Effect, a book co-authored with scientist Michael Mann, about climate change. Toles has also authored and illustrated a children’s book, My School Is Worse Than Yours. He is the recipient of the Herblock Award, the National Headliners Award, the Overseas Press Club’s Thomas Nast Award, the John Fischetti Award and the H.L Mencken Free Press Award. He also has been honored as Cartoonist of the Year by Editor & Publisher magazine, The National Cartoonists Society and The Week magazine. Toles, a 1973 graduate of the University at Buffalo, maintains a second home in Hamburg.
Ex-officio: Jim Heaney is the founder, editor and executive director of Investigative Post. He was an investigative reporter with The Buffalo News for 25 years whose work focused on urban issues, including housing and education; economic development; and local and state government. He also served a stint as the paper’s computer assisted reporting editor. Heaney has won more than 20 journalism honors and was a finalist for the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting; more recently, he was a 2016 winner of an Edward R. Murrow Award. Prior to The News, Heaney worked as a reporter and editor with The Orlando Sentinel and founded a weekly newspaper that served the Kensington-Bailey neighborhood of Buffalo. He is a graduate of Medaille College, where he majored in communications.