Gambini joins Investigative Post staff

Phil Gambini is off to a running start with Investigative Post.

Gambini joined the Investigative Post reporting staff last week after five years with the Niagara Gazette. He broke his first story Friday and has another teed up for this coming week.

In recent months, while still with the Gazette, Gambini teamed with Investigative Post Editor Jim Heaney to report on several stories on the Western Regional Off Track Betting Corp.

Phil Gambini

“Phil’s a digger,” Heaney said. “He’s widely respected in Niagara County for his work with the Gazette and his reporting skills are going to be a real asset to Investigative Post.”

Said Gambini: “I think Investigative Post is the gold standard for local reporting and joining the organization is a great opportunity to produce journalism that makes a difference.”

He’ll report on a variety of topics, including, but not limited to, the OTB, Niagara County and economic development.

Gambini, 28, grew up in Kenmore and North Buffalo, where he currently resides. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with an emphasis in writing.

His parents are well known in the community: His father, Bert, was a program host at WBFO for 18 years, serving as a morning edition host and executive producer; his mother, Cori, has spent three decades as a nurse and was elected in 2012 as president of CWA Local 1168.

Readers can follow Gambini on Twitter at @phigambini and contact him at

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