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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

Aug
06

Heaney talks police contract on ‘Pressroom

Following up on Geoff Kelly’s report last week, Jim Heaney talks about provisions of Buffalo’s contract with its police union that make it difficult to discipline officers and deprive the department’s leadership of many management rights. Heaney, speaking on The Capitol Pressroom,  noted that while Mayor Byron Brown has harshly criticized the union and its […]

Jul
24

Judge bars release of cop disciplinary records

Updated: 9:21 p.m. A state Supreme Court judge has at least temporarily blocked the release of most disciplinary records of Buffalo police officers.  Judge Frank A. Sedita III, responding to a complaint from the Police Benevolent Association and Buffalo Professional Firefighters Association, issued a show cause order Friday afternoon that prohibits the release of most […]

Jul
20

The roots, and consequences, of WNY’s racism

Note: This column originally appeared in Buffalo Spree. Our nation has a lot of work ahead of it if it is to address the structural racism laid bare by COVID-19, the killing of George Floyd and the protests that followed. Buffalo and Western New York have an even heavier lift. Much of the initial focus […]

Jul
08

Heaney discusses suspended cop on WBEN

Lt. Michael DeLong has been investigated 36 times by the Internal Affairs unit of the Buffalo Police Department and suspended four times. His recent vile outburst directed at a woman recording him on her cell phone makes five. Jim Heaney discusses with NewsRadio 930 WBEN.

Jul
07

Suspended cop has been disciplined a lot

 Updated: 1:55 p.m. The Buffalo police lieutenant suspended last week for his vile insult of a woman filming him has previously been suspended four times during his career and been the subject of 36 misconduct complaints lodged by citizens or the department. Twelve involve inappropriate use of force; three have involved domestic incidents.  Investigative […]

Jul
05

News outlets struggling to varying degrees

The state of local news media in Western New York was in a precarious position before anyone heard of COVID-19. Now that the virus has wreaked its havoc on both public health and the economy, the situation is that much more concerning. The problems of The Buffalo News have been well documented previously in this […]

Jun
23

Heaney discusses Buffalo Police on ‘Pressroom

Jim Heaney talks the pitfalls and politics of policing during an interview with David Lombardo of The Capitol Pressroom. Investigative Post has reported extensively on policing issues since 2016, including coverage of anti-racism protests in recent weeks.  

Jun
12

Heaney assesses police reforms on WBEN

Some in the media have described Mayor Byron Brown’s proposed police reforms as “sweeping.” Not so, Investigative Post Editor Jim Heaney told Susan Rose during an interview Friday on NewsRadio 930 WBEN. The reforms are modest, at best, he said. Heaney and Ali Ingersoll, in an analysis published Wednesday, concluded that while the mayor’s proposals […]