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Investigative Post has added another news outlet to its distribution network.

Starting Thursday, Editor Jim Heaney, and on occasion, his reporters, will appear several times a week on the morning news program on NewsRadio 930WBEN. The station will also post links to our stories on its website.

Investigative Post and WBEN are developing a partnership on the fly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Investigative Post, the region’s nonprofit investigative reporting center, is producing stories daily on the pandemic’s impact on Western New York.

WBEN’s morning news show, “A New Morning with Susan Rose and Brian Mazurowski,” is the top-rated morning drive time program in the Buffalo market. It airs daily from 5 to 9 a.m.

“I’m excited to team with one of the largest media outlets in Western New York,” said Investigative Post Editor Jim Heaney. “Appearing on WBEN gets our journalism in front of a large listenership that hasn’t necessarily followed our work to this point. It’s an opportunity to expand our audience.”

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Investigative Post continues its partnership with WBFO, the region’s NPR affiliate. Heaney most recently appeared Wednesday on WBFO, discussing his column on downsizing at The Buffalo News and efforts by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz to thwart reporters as they cover the coronavirus.

Investigative Post’s prime partner is WGRZ, which Wednesday broadcast its latest story on the travel patterns of local residents in light of COVID-19.

Heaney also writes a monthly column for Buffalo Spree and appears regularly on The Capitol Pressroom, which broadcasts daily on 20 public ration stations across upstate.

Listen to Heaney’s first interview on WBEN

In his initial appearance on WBEN, tentatively scheduled Thursday at about 7:20 a.m., Heaney will discuss Investigative Post’s reporting on efforts to release a portion of the people held in Erie County jails. There are growing concerns about their safety because of the jails’ close quarters, which makes it difficult to practice social distancing and take other steps to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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