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.

Feb 22

2012

WNED interview

Interview with Jim Heaney about the launch of Investigative Post and his story on Gov. Cuomo’s $1 billion plan for WNY economy.

Posted 11 years ago

Feb 22

2012

WBFO interview

Interview with Jim Heaney about the launch of Investigative Post and his story on Gov. Cuomo’s $1 billion plan for WNY economy.

Posted 11 years ago

Feb 21

2012

Introducing Investigative Post

An investigative reporting center involving some of the biggest names in Buffalo journalism opened for business Feb. 22. Investigative Post is collaborating with major media outlets and university journalism programs to produce and distribute investigations and analyses on the major issues confronting Buffalo and Western New York. Jim Heaney, a veteran investigative reporter formerly with The Buffalo News, is spearheading the venture as editor and executive director. “We’re going to produce hard-nosed investigations and in-depth analyses intended to help shape the debate over how to get this community back on its feet,” said Heaney, a former Pulitzer Prize finalist who[...]

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Feb 21

2012

Introducing Joe Friday

For those of you old enough to remember, Joe Friday was the business-like police detective on the Dragnet television series that aired in the 1950s and ‘60s. No matter your age, you’ll recognize the theme song. Detective Sergeant Friday’s signature line was “just the facts, ma’am,” uttered dispassionately as he interviewed witnesses and victims. Our version of Joe Friday also focuses on “just the facts.” On a weekly basis,Investigative Post will post a series of facts on a given topic, based on hard data or other credible sources. No long narrative, no commentary, no quotes. Just the undisputed facts. Readers[...]

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Feb 21

2012

About the Q&A

Investigative Post will interview a newsmaker once a week, posing 10 to 15 questions. Who would you like to see interviewed? What questions would you like posed? Send us your suggestions.

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Feb 20

2012

About this blog

There’s straight reporting, which I’ll do a lot of for Investigative Post. Witness my analysis of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $1 billion plan to revitalize the regional economy. Then there’s blogging. I loved blogging for The Buffalo News. Blogging allows reporters to write in their natural voice. Most editors pride themselves in beating the voice out of their reporters in news stories. Blogging gives reporters their voice back. I got my voice back with a vengeance, and with it, a fair number of news tips from readers. During the two years I wrote Outrages & Insights my posts generated nearly 1[...]

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