Susan Schulman has been appointed associate editor of Investigative Post and will manage the newsroom on a day-to-day basis. Her appointment enables Jim Heaney, editor and executive director, to focus on plotting our continued growth and raising the funds necessary to make it happen.
Schulman joined Investigative Post in June as a part-time editor and assumed full-time duties this week. She worked as an editor and reporter at The Buffalo News for 34 years before retiring in 2020. She headed the paper’s investigative reporting team from 2003 to 2012.
Schulman said working at Investigative Post these past months has been inspiring.
“I’ve been so impressed with the staff, and their commitment to watchdog journalism.” she said. “I’m looking forward to taking on a larger role in the newsroom.”
Heaney will work in tandem with Schulman, keeping a hand in story assignments and participating in the editing of major investigations. He’ll also continue to write WeeklyPost, our email newsletter, and serve as Investigative Post’s liaison with WGRZ News and other partners.
Heaney’s focus shifts to the business side of the operation, in particular fundraising and marketing. Since launching Investigative Post in 2012, he’s played a major role raising funds from foundations and other large donors and will double down in that effort. He’s also in the early stages of developing a five-year growth plan for Investigative Post to address the growing void in serious news coverage in this market.
“I’ve spent the past 12 years focused on growing our news operation into a seven-person staff, the largest investigative reporting team in the market,” Heaney said. “There’s more to be done, as Buffalo and Western New York needs more quality journalism. We aim to provide it and it’s going to be my job to secure the resources necessary to add reporters and expand coverage.”
Another change: Geoff Kelly, who covers local government and politics, will soon begin publishing a weekly email newsletter called PoliticalPost that will be distributed on Wednesdays.
“Geoff’s has a deep knowledge of how government operates and has a track record of exposing waste, malfeasance and plain old incompetence,” Heaney said. “His newsletter is going to be a must-read.”
Amber Wilson has been promoted to Development and Business Operations Coordinator. Her responsibilities will include business functions related to fundraising, managing events, and small donor initiatives, such as cultivating our membership program. She will also manage our internal office affairs, including human resources and revenue management.
Wilson earned a Master of Science in Administration from Canisius College with a focus on events. She previously was sales and services coordinator for the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center and office coordinator for the Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas.