Brant Houston is the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois.
For more than a decade, he was executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors – where he built its membership to more than 4,000 – and before that worked as an award-winning investigative reporter and database editor at U.S. newspapers. He was part of the staff at the Kansas City Star that won the Pulitzer Prize for its work on a hotel building collapse that killed 114 people and wrote the first overview story of the survivors.
He is a co-founder of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and the Investigative News Network and advises nonprofits newsrooms in the U.S. and internationally. He is co-author of the Investigative Reporter’s Handbook and author of Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide. He has served as a judge for editorial awards for the Society of Publishers in Asia contest, the Selden Ring Award, the Philip Meyer Award Journalism Award, and the Forum for African Investigative Reporting.
As a candidate for the new board in GIJN, he says:
I am running for the board because I want to help in the transition of GIJN to its more formal structure. I believe my long experience in journalism and in running nonprofit organizations will be of assistance as this great network makes the change.
Over the last decade, I have worked many hours on global conferences, GIJN projects, and fundraising and watched as we have grown into an effective and inspiring organization. Most of all, I have always pushed to reach consensus among the members before moving forward on any decision.
Because part of my job as Knight chair is support investigative reporting, I can devote significant time to ensuring our transition is smooth and GJIN will be there for many future generations of journalists and journalism students.
I hope you will give me the opportunity to continue in a leadership role.