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Nick Penniman - Executive Director of Issue One

Nick Penniman is the co-founder and CEO of Issue One, an American nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen American democracy and government ethics.[1]



Previously, Penniman was executive director of the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, which he founded with Arianna Huffington in 2009.[2] Supported by large foundations and The Huffington Post, the operation established a multi-media newsroom of journalists. It was profiled in media publications, including the American Journalism Review and the Columbia Journalism Review. In 2011, it merged with the Center for Public Integrity.[3][4][5]

Penniman founded the American News Project, an early experiment into online video journalism and served as the Washington director of the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy, where he worked closely with broadcaster Bill Moyers. Moyers and Penniman first met in 1999, when Penniman was running a national grassroots organization called the Alliance for Democracy, which focused primarily on campaign finance reform and the effects of economic globalization.

From 2005-2006, Penniman was the publisher of The Washington Monthly magazine. Before that he was the executive editor of a progressive news and opinion website called perhaps best known for the "op ads" it regularly ran on the opinion page of the New York Times.

He has also worked as the associate editor of the American Prospect, a monthly magazine; editor of the Lincoln Journal, a weekly newspaper; and associate editor of the Missouri Historical Society.

In 2016, Penniman and co-author Wendell Potter published Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy And What We Can Do About It.[6] Nation On The Take details the history of money in politics and exposes the effects of the influence industry and political money on policy making and everyday Americans. The book was praised by the likes of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who stated "There could be no more important or timely book"; New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof; Republican Senator Alan Simpson; and Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders; among others.

Penniman has appeared on and been featured by media outlets, including The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times,The New York Times, NPR, MSNBC and C-SPAN's Washington Journal.

Penniman has served on multiple nonprofit boards and advisory boards, including the Homeless Empowerment Project, which publishes Spare Change News, the Center for Responsive Politics and the Roosevelt Institution.[7] He serves on the Advisory Council of Represent.Us, a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization.[8]

Early lifeEdit

Penniman grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, where he attended the St. Louis Country Day School.

He graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1992 with a degree in philosophy. While there, he served on the student senate, was an adviser to the board of trustees, and started multiple student groups.[citation needed]

His father, Nicholas G. Penniman IV, was publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and a senior executive with Pulitzer, Inc.[9][10]


  1. ^ Joseph, Andrew (2012-01-03). "New Group Formed To Limit Political Money - Influence Alley". Archived from the original on 2012-05-19. Retrieved 2012-01-13.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Bill (2009-03-31). "Huffington Post Investigative Team a Nonprofit Model in the Making – Poynter". Archived from the original on 2014-08-24. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  3. ^ Carmichael, Karen. "American Journalism Review". Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  4. ^ "The New Investigators - Columbia Journalism Review". Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  5. ^ Tanzina Vega (2010-10-18). "Huffington Post Unit to Merge With Center for Public Integrity - The New York Times". Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  6. ^ "Nation On The Take". Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  7. ^ "Board of Directors". OpenSecrets. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  8. ^ "About | Represent.Us". End corruption. Defend the Republic. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  9. ^ Board of Directors, Everglades Foundation
  10. ^ Pulitzer Report Contains Lots of Clues, St Louis Journalism Review, May 1999, by Charles L Klotzer

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