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Veteran journalist Rowland joins Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity

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Monday, March 26th, 2018

Veteran editor and journalist Brett Rowland has joined Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity to serve as editor of its Illinois-based news operation.

Rowland most recently served as the top editor of the Northwest Herald, a daily newspaper in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. Before that, he served as news editor of the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb and editor of the Northwest Herald’s daily business section and quarterly business journal.

Rowland will oversee statehouse coverage for Illinois News Network (ILNews.org) and Illinois Radio Network.

“Brett is a sharp, thoughtful and hard-working contemporary editor who has demonstrated over the years that he makes the journalists on his teams better,” Franklin Center President Chris Krug said. “He’s a great fit for our Watchdog.org project and our media properties in Illinois. We’re excited to have him aboard, and look forward to what he and his team will accomplish long into the future.”

Rowland will report to Dan McCaleb, editor of Watchdog.org, INN’s parent news organization. Franklin Center’s Watchdog.org project is a non-profit, non-partisan journalism initiative to improve the accuracy, balance and quality of statehouse news reporting across the United States.

“We’re excited to have Brett join our talented team of professional journalists who are focused on keeping government officials honest, particularly when it comes to spending taxpayer money,” McCaleb said. “Brett’s 10-plus years experience in legacy media adds depth to our already strong team. He will help our Illinois-based reporters remain laser-focused on the very serious issues being worked on at the capitol and across the state.”

INN delivered statehouse coverage to 139 media partners across Illinois in 2017. ILNews.org published nearly 1,600 news stories in 2017.

“I’m excited to join a great team focused on covering issues that matter to taxpayers throughout the Illinois,” Rowland said.

Rowland lives in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and their two sons.

Danielle Behler joins Franklin Center as Development Director

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity is pleased to announce and welcome Danielle Behler as Director of Development.

“As I’ve met with donors around the country, everyone shares one common complaint: the extreme bias of legacy media,” Behler said. “Franklin’s commitment to always present news from the taxpayer’s perspective is very much needed today. And I’m honored to be a part of Franklin’s efforts in changing the media narrative.”

Behler will be responsible for growing the Center’s national major giving program, overseeing foundation relations, and managing the direct mail campaigns.

Behler brings to the Franklin Center more than 10 years of free-market fundraising experience. She has built development programs from the ground up, as well as taken established organizations to the next level. These groups include the John Hancock Committee for the States, the Goldwater Institute, Young America’s Foundation, and most recently, FreedomWorks.

Prior to her career in free-market fundraising, she served four years in the office of former Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama.

Behler received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Auburn University. She is a native of Alabama, and currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity is committed to creating non-partisan journalism focused on restoring oversight of state governments and holding politicians and bureaucrats at all levels accountable for their handling of taxpayer dollars. Reporting by the Franklin Center has uncovered significant misconduct, whistleblower retaliation, a university admission scandal, and has driven legislative action.

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Chris Krug to lead Franklin Center and Watchdog.org

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

CHICAGO (April 17, 2017) – Veteran newsroom leader Chris Krug has been named President of the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity and its journalism project Watchdog.org.

“The journalistic mission and value of the Franklin Center and Watchdog.org are more important now than ever in today’s changing media landscape,” Krug said. “This is an exciting time to grow the Watchdog.org brand and expand its critical role in keeping government accountable and citizens informed.”

Krug brings to the Franklin Center more than 25 years experience in the media industry. He currently leads the Illinois News Network as Publisher and General Manager, a role which he will continue as he takes the helm at the Franklin Center.

Krug is former publisher of the suburban Chicago Pioneer Press newspaper chain. Prior to his tenure as a vice president at Sun-Times Media Network and oversight of Pioneer, he was responsible for all news operations and managed properties in the suburbs as a vice president for Shaw Suburban Media in the greater Chicago area. In 2008, the Local Media Association honored Krug as national editor of the year, and his newsrooms have received hundreds of regional, state and national awards for work in print, video and on digital pure-plays. Krug also is the former president of the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association.

The Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity and Watchdog.org are committed to creating non-partisan journalism focused on restoring oversight of state governments and holding politicians and bureaucrats at all levels accountable for their handling of taxpayer dollars. Reporting by the Franklin Center has uncovered significant misconduct, whistleblower retaliation, a university admission scandal, and has driven legislative action.

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