Investigations

Exposés, reports
and analysis.

Outrages & Insights

Muckraking blog
by Jim Heaney

GreenPost

Environmental blog
by Dan Telvock

Tom Toles

Editorial cartoons
and commentary

About Us

Current events underscore the importance of a vibrant press to a healthy democracy. Investigative Post is playing an outsized role in providing Buffalo and Western New York with in-depth, public interest journalism that make for an informed citizenry.

Investigative Post is one of about 125 nonprofit news organizations that have launched over the past decade across the nation in the face of the decline of local news outlets.

We’re unique in a couple of ways. For starters, Investigative Post is the only news organization in WNY dedicated exclusively to watchdog journalism. We produce fact-based, nonpartisan investigative stories and analyses on issues that matter to the citizens and taxpayers of Buffalo and WNY.

We’re also the only news outlet in WNY that produces stories on all major publishing platforms: print, television, radio and the web. That puts us in the forefront as media outlets adapt to changing technology and audience habits.

Media partners, audience

We distribute our work on our website and through partnerships with WGRZ TV, 2 On Your Side, the NBC affiliate for Buffalo; WBFO, 88.7 FM, Buffalo’s NPR News Station; The Capitol Pressroom, heard on 20 public radio stations around the state, including WBFO; and The Public, WNY’s alternative newsweekly.

These partnerships, coupled with our extensive use of social media enable our investigations to reach an audience of up to 265,000 readers, viewers and listeners per story, the largest weekday reach of any news outlet in upstate New York.

News coverage

We select stories based on their importance and potential for impact. Our aim is to expose wrongdoing, explain complex issues and hold people in power accountable. Much of what we report on would otherwise go uncovered.

We apply rigorous reporting standards to our work and make extensive use of data and documents to supplement interviews and other methods of shoe-leather reporting. We also vigorously fact check our stories before publishing.

While we cover a range of topics, our reporting is focused on the environment, criminal justice, economic development and government and corporate malfeasance.

Impact

The quality of our work and the size of our audience means our reporting has impact.

Consider these results:

Our work has been cited for excellence in a number of journalism and other award competitions, including Investigative Reporters & Editors and the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association. Our reporting has also been recognized by the Edward R. Murrow Awards, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. Spree magazine in 2017 honored Investigative Post’s staff as the best print reporters in WNY, citing our “intensively researched stories on vital topics.”

Funding

WGRZ and WBFO pay us for the content we produce for them and we receive charitable donations from:

  • Local foundations, including the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, the Robert and Patricia Colby Foundation, and the M&T Charitable Foundation.
  • National foundations, including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
  • Hundreds of individuals, companies and unions whose donations range from $10 to $20,000. Notable individual and business supporters include Sam Magavern and Monica Angle, Tom and Gretchen Toles, Try-It Distributing, Savarino Companies and Michael Newman/NOCO Energy.

A list of our major donors can be found here.

Events

We sponsor “At Issue,” an event series to inform the public on issues of public importance. Many events involve panel discussions and reporter presentations on issues we cover.

Investigative Post is a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News. We’re a 501-c3; all donations are tax-deductible. We’re located at 487 Main St., Suite 300, Buffalo, NY 14203. Our phone number is 716-831-2626.