Capital City Fund For Investigative Journalism

Advisory Board

Katherine Boo is an investigative feature writer and author of New York Times bestseller and National Book Award-winning Behind the Beautiful Forevers. A contributor to the New Yorker, her work has appeared in the Washington PostWashington City Paper, and Washington Monthly. Her writing about disadvantaged populations for the Post won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2000; she’s won a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing and a MacArthur “Genius” Award in 2002.

Ken DeCell grew up writing for his parents’ weekly newspaper in Mississippi, was founding editor of Memphis magazine, editor-in-chief of Roll Call, co-author of The 13 Keys to the Presidency (Madison Books, 1990), and for three decades senior editor of The Washingtonian.

Mark Feldstein is the Richard Eaton Chair of Broadcast Journalism at the University of Maryland Merrill School of Journalism. He spent 20 years as an award-winning on-air investigative correspondent at CNN, ABC News and various local television stations.

Keith Harriston, teaches reporting at George Washington University. During his 23-year career at the Washington Post he was city editor, deputy national editor and metropolitan editor. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist twice, once for his investigative series that led to broad reforms in hiring and training of applicants to the Metropolitan Police Department, and a second time after serving as lead reporter for a series of articles on the impact of gun violence on Washington, D.C.

Bill Hogan is Editor of MHQ – The Quarterly Journal of Military History; Center for Public Integrity, Director of Investigative Projects, Senior Fellow (2006-08).

Mike Isikoff is chief investigative correspondent for Yahoo News, where he is also editor at large for reporting and investigations. He has been an investigative correspondent for NBC as well as a staff writer for Newsweek and the Washington Post. Isikoff wrote Uncovering Clinton and, with David Corn, Hubris, about the selling of the Iraq War, and Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump.

Mark Lee is a contributingcolumnist with the Washington Blade, and is a recipient of a ‘Best of D.C.’ Editor’s Choice Award for ‘Best Newspaper Columnist’ by Washington City Paper.

Stephanie Mencimer covers law, social policy and presidential politics as a staff reporter for Mother Jones. She’s served as an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow, Washington Monthly editor, and reporter for the Washington Post and Washington City Paper

Dana Louise Priest is an investigative reporter with the Washington Post and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner; she became the third John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism in 2014.

Tom Sherwood reported on the District for the Washington Post from 1979 to 1989, then continued covering the city and region for NBC4 Washington. He’s the guest analyst for Kojo Nnamdi’s weekly Politics Hour on WAMU and covers District affairs for the Washington City Paper.

Cheryl W. Thompson, is an investigative correspondent for NPR, teaches investigative reporting at GW University and is president of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). Before coming to NPR in January 2019, she spent 22 years with The Washington Post, covering criminal justice, corruption, guns and the White House. Her investigation into political corruption in Maryland led to a federal investigation that resulted in the conviction of the county executive, his wife and others. She has won dozens of awards, including an Emmy and IRE, a National Headliner, three Salute to Excellence awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, and a 2019 SPJ Washington Dateline award for a story examining the 50-year-old unsolved murders of six little black girls in DC. Thompson also was part of the Post teams that won the 2002 and 2016 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. 

Del Weber is an enterprise and investigative reporter in the Los Angeles Times Washington bureau, focusing on criminal-justice and national-security matters. An award-winning reporter and author, he previously worked for the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Post, Bloomberg News and the Wall Street Journal.

Chris Wilson is the director of data journalism at He is the author of RaphaelJS: Graphics and Visualization on the Web.