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Jim Heaney

Jim Heaney is editor and executive director of Investigative Post. He was an investigative reporter with The Buffalo News from 1986 to 2011 and a reporter and editor with The Orlando Sentinel from 1980-86. His coverage over the years has focused on economic development, local and state government, politics, education, housing and transportation, and he was an early practitioner of computer-assisted reporting. Heaney has won more than 20 journalism awards and was a finalist for the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

Email: jheaney@investigativepost.org / Twitter: @jimheaney

Apr
02

Heaney talks jails and COVID-19 on WBEN

Prisons and jails are dangerous places for inmates and staff alike during the ongoing pandemic. Editor Jim Heaney discusses Investigative Post’s reporting on the topic on NewsRadio 930 WBEN, noting that there’s a fair number of people in county jails for non-violent misdemeanor offenses or low-level parole violations. Heaney also spoke about Investigative Post’s most-recent story […]

Apr
01

Heaney talks News downsizing on WBFO

Jim Heaney has detailed the furloughs and layoffs announced by The Buffalo News on Tuesday. He discussed the impact, along with the obstinance of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz in dealing with the press during the COVID-19 crisis, with Jay Moran on WBFO. Give a listen.  

Mar
31

Buffalo News downsizing comes quick

Well, that didn’t take long. Lee Enterprises took ownership of The Buffalo News just a couple of weeks ago and wham — the paper on Tuesday announced furloughs and layoffs. To be fair, the loss of advertising due to fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic was no doubt the driving force behind the decision, which I’m […]

Mar
30

COVID-19 hitting Kaleida staff hard

Updated: 5:50 p.m. The workforce at Kaleida hospitals is being hard hit by the coronavirus. A document obtained by Investigative Post indicates that as of Friday, 34 caregivers had tested positive for COVID-19 and 81 awaited test results. Another 166 employees had tested negative.  Kaleida spokesman Michael Hughes, who failed to respond to emails and […]

Mar
26

Heaney discusses COVID-19 on WBFO

Jim Heaney and Jay Moran, host of WBFO‘s Press Pass, talk about how Investigative Post is covering the COVID-19 pandemic. The nature of the crisis has prompted Investigative Post to switch from producing lengthy, time-consuming stories to short, but in-depth ones produced in a matter of days, sometimes hours, Heaney said.  

Mar
24

Push on to release some county prisoners

Updated: 6:30 p.m. Nearly 600 men and women are incarcerated in close quarters in Erie County’s two jails, at risk of catching the deadly COVID-19 virus. More than half are being held on bail, yet to be found guilty of a crime. Others are jailed on parole violations or serving sentences of up to one […]

Mar
19

Hospitals curtail non-emergency surgeries

All major hospitals in the Buffalo area have canceled elective surgeries to conserve dwindling supplies of blood and protective gear, such as face masks, that are needed to treat victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. Surgeons at Catholic Health and the Erie County Medical Center began canceling elective surgeries earlier in the week. Kaleida Health followed […]

Mar
18

US, Canada banning most cross-border travel

Updated Wednesday at 6:58 p.m. Canada and the United State have agreed to ban most cross-border traffic to counter the COVID-19 virus. Customs officials on both sides of the border are expected to implement the ban at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Peace Bridge General Manager Ron Rienas told Investigative Post.  Truck traffic will still be […]