Institute for Public Policy Reporting
Board of Directors
The Institute for Public Policy Reporting is governed by a five-member board of directors, all of whom are veteran journalists with Washington reporting experience.
Edward Zuckerman, the Institute’s founder and also its executive director, began his career in 1963 at the Chicago Heights (Ill.) Star Newspaper, and later held reporting and editing positions at the Kankakee (Ill.) Daily Journal and the Gary (Ind.) Post-Tribune. In 1970, he was transferred to the Washington bureau of the Ridder Newspaper Group (later Knight-Ridder Newspapers) where he undertook various investigative and enterprise reporting assignments.
In 1980, Zuckerman founded the PACs & Lobbies newsletter which he published until 2005. Between 1984 and 2004, he authored 10 biennial editions of the Almanac of Federal PACs. Also, in 1983-84, he was the executive director of the Project for Investigative Reporting on Money & Politics, a grantmaking organization that was founded by the late Philip M. Stern.
He is a current or past member of the National Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters & Editors, and the Online News Association.
Bob Walters has worked most of his adult life as a Washington-based journalist and investigator. He began his career as a reporter in the Harrisburg, Pa., bureau of United Press International, and was subsequently promoted as UPI’s first bureau chief in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Walters joined the Washington Star where he was a national affairs reporter and editor. After 10 years at the Star, he joined United Media, the country’s second largest newspaper syndicate, where he wrote a three-times-a-week column that appeared in more than 400 daily newspapers.
Walters is a member of the board of directors of the Fund for Constitutional Government, which was founded by the late Stewart R. Mott to provide financial support to “excellence in journalism” and “government transparency” projects.
Frank Joseph began his journalism career in 1962 in the City News Bureau, Chicago’s fabled bootcamp for cub reporters. Joseph worked in the Chicago bureau of Associated Press from 1964 to 1968 where he covered street disorders at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, the 1967 Detroit race riots, and Dr. Martin Luther King’s fair housing march in Cicero, Ill.
After a two-year hiatus during which he completed his master’s degree requirements at the University of Chicago, Joseph came to Washington to work as a reporter at the National Journal (1969-70), as an assistant editor at the Washington Post (1971-1976) and as an editor at U.S. Oil Week (1976-78). In 1978, he co-founded the United Communications Group which by 1982 was publishing six newsletters.
Jim Warren founded Transplant News in 1990 and continues to edit the newsletter while also serving as the director of communications for the American Association of Tissue Banks.
After earning his master’s degree in journalism from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University in 1967, Warren worked in the public relations department of the National Association of Mental Health, and was director of communications for the American Psychological Association (1967-1974) and the National Kidney Foundation (1976-1986).
Jim Eberle, after earning his degree in journalism from Iowa State University in 1965, embarked on a career in journalism that began with reporting assignments at two Iowa radio stations: KBUR in Burlington and KSTT in Davenport. He later joined the Davenport Times-Democrat as a city hall and civil rights reporter, and later became an investigative reporter for KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Mo.
Eberle joined Scripps-Howard Newspapers as a reporter-editor at the Kentucky Post, and was promoted to the Washington bureau where he covered the Kentucky and Indiana congressional delegations for the Kentucky Post and the Evansville, Ind., Press. In 1978, he became a communications specialist for the U.S. League of Savings Associations, and he was vice president of communications for the American Bankers Association until his retirement.
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