The Associated Press promoted Society co-founder Ron Nixon — acclaimed reporter, editor, data journalist and Ida B. Wells Society cofounder — to become its global investigations editor. Nixon now oversees teams of reporters around the world and helps to infuse the AP’s global news report with accountability reporting and a strong investigative ethos.
Poynter’s Mark J. Rochester highlighted the promotion in his article, “Investigative journalism, long criticized for a lack of diversity, has made significant developments since March.”
“I’ve overseen investigative reporting in newsrooms from New York to California for the last 25 years,” writes Rochester. “Until recently, I held out little hope that I ever would see many more investigative news leaders that looked like me.”
“Not in my wildest dreams did I think I would be the leader of an investigative team for a global news organization,” Nixon said. “My team includes seven Pulitzer Prize winners. Several others on the team have won other major awards such as the Polk and Goldsmith. It’s amazing to lead this great group of journalists. Still pinching myself.”