LOS ANGELES — June 26, 2017 — Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the center for Responsive Politics and its OpenSecrets.org web site, is joining the Institute for Nonprofit News board of directors as one of three directors elected at INN’s annual meeting.
Along with Krumholz, INN member news organizations re-elected Laura Frank, president and general manager of news and content at Rocky Mountain PBS and Anne Galloway, editor of VTDigger and the executive director of the Vermont Journalism Trust. Each will serve a two-year term on the 11-person INN board.
As executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, Krumholz heads a non-partisan, independent organization that tracks money in politics and its effect on elections and public policy. The Center’s award-winning website, OpenSecrets.org is a comprehensive resource for campaign finance and lobbying data, used by informed citizens, journalists, researchers and others. Krumholz joined the Center as a data analyst, became research director and was named executive director in 2006. During her tenure, she has grown the organization to a 20-person staff with 7 million unique visitors to its OpenSecrets.org website and 30,000 media citations in 2016. She has testified before Congress and the Federal Election Commission on government transparency and regularly makes presentations on related issues.
Frank founded I-News, the nonprofit investigative news organization that merged with Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting in 2013. She is a Denver native who spent more than 20 years at newspapers, radio and public television around the country, specializing in investigative reporting and data journalism. Frank is responsible for local production of broadcast and digital news, documentaries, shows and special projects at Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting. She has trained hundreds of journalists for more than a dozen media organizations, was a founding member of INN and serves as board chair.
Galloway leads the VTDigger online nonprofit news organization that publishes daily news about politics, government and business in Vermont. When Galloway founded VTDigger in 2009, she had $9,000 in grant funding, a WordPress account and no staff. Today, VTDigger has a $1.3 million budget, 200,000 unique readers a month and 17 staffers.
The INN board has has six elected and five appointed members. Krumholz replaces Trevor Aaronson, executive director of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, who did not seek re-election.
Other board members are Brant Houston, Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting at the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an INN founder and board secretary; Reginald Chua, executive editor of editorial operations, data & innovation at Thomson Reuters and board treasurer; appointed members Neal Shapiro, president and chief executive officer of New York public media provider WNET; Bruce Theriault, president and chief executive officer of New York public media provider WNET and Hsiu Mei Wong, management group member at PA Consulting Group; and elected members Steve Beatty, editor of The Lens in New Orleans; Lee Keough, editor-in-chief of NJ Spotlight; and Norberto Santana Jr., publisher of Voice of Orange County.
The Institute for Nonprofit News is a growing national network of more than 120 nonprofit news organizations dedicated to providing investigative and public service reporting. INN was founded in 2009 to foster a new collective of newsrooms serving the public interest. Today it functions as an innovation network, helping members develop new ways to support journalism and engage communities, providing business, technology and leadership support and a framework for collaboration. INN’s work helps newsrooms bring investigative and civic news to more people, hold the powerful accountable and strengthen democracy. More information can be found at https://inn.org.
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