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Exposés, reports
and analysis.

Outrages & Insights

Muckraking blog
by Jim Heaney


Environmental blog
by Dan Telvock

Tom Toles

Editorial cartoons
and commentary

Board of Directors

President: Dr. Michael Merrill is medical director, clinical performance management, with Independent Health. Mike considers Investigative Post “the most important charity in Western New York.” Before attending medical school he worked as a newspaper reporter for three years after graduating from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Merrill earned his medical degree in from the University at Buffalo and an MBA in business administration from the University of Liverpool. Prior to joining Independent Health, he served as chief medical officer at United Memorial Medical Center, Rochester Regional Health.

Vice president: George Nicholas is senior pastor of Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church. He is a member of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo’s Racial Equity Roundtable, a convener of the Concerned Clergy Coalition of Western New York, and chair of the African American Health Disparities Task Force. He previously served as the CEO of the Geneva B. Scruggs Community Health Care Center and a legislative aid to Assembly Member Arthur O. Eve. Nicholas earned is undergraduate degree in sociology from Ohio State University, a master’s degree in public policy studies from the University at Buffalo and a master’s in divinity from Colgate Rochester Divinity School.

Secretary: 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. 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.

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.

At Large: Christopher Smith is CEO and chief marketing officer of Community Beer Works. Previously, he was a lead engineer and project manager for Oracle Corp. He was a co-founder of Convergence Media Network and, the region’s first citizen journalism outlet perhaps best known for reporting on Carl Paladino’s circulation of racist and pornographic emails. An Air Force veteran, where he served as an intelligence analyst, he studied political science and international affairs at SUNY Fredonia.

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. Heaney has won more than 25 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.