WHO WE ARE
Leaders from both the journalism and national service worlds have come together around this big vision. Report for America co-founders Charles Sennott and Steven Waldman are both nationally known, veteran journalists and social entrepreneurs dedicated to saving journalism. RFA is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project, an award-winning nonprofit media organization with an established track record of training and supporting teams of emerging journalists, plus a top-flight advisory board of leaders in journalism and service.
Co-Founder & President
Steve crafted the plan for Report for America after authoring the Federal Communications Commission landmark report “Information Needs of Communities,” which NPR described as “one of the most comprehensive overviews of the US media ever produced.” An experienced entrepreneur, he co-founded the multifaith religion website Beliefnet.com, which won the National Magazine Award, and LifePosts.com, a platform for online memorials. Earlier, he was National Editor of US News & World Report and National Correspondent for Newsweek. He was Senior Advisor to the CEO of the Corporation for National Service and wrote a book on the creation of AmeriCorps (The Bill). He's also the author of the national bestseller, Founding Faith.
Co-Founder & Executive Board Chair
Charlie is the Founder and CEO of The GroundTruth Project, and has been building the prototype for Report for America in several newsrooms across the country. A longtime reporter, editor and entrepreneur, Sennott served as Boston Globe Middle East bureau chief before he co-founded the award-winning international news organization GlobalPost and then founded The GroundTruth Project, which is based at WGBH in Boston. He is an award-winning foreign correspondent and a pioneering social entrepreneur. In response to the collapse of foreign coverage, he co-founded GlobalPost in 2008, which trained, edited and fielded a stellar team of freelance correspondents all over the world. The team won the George Foster Peabody Award, the Polk Award and the RFK Award for Human Rights. Sennott launched GroundTruth in 2014 to broaden the commitment to training the next generation of journalists. Sennott has reported on wars and insurgencies in 15 countries, and served as the Boston Globe’s Special Projects reporter, Middle East Bureau Chief and Europe Bureau Chief. Before that, he was a local reporter for the New York Daily News.
Kevin Grant, VP Strategic Initiatives
Kevin is The GroundTruth Project’s Co-founder and Executive Editor. Previously Senior Editor of Special Reports at GlobalPost, he has led reporting projects around the world and his work has been recognized by the Edward R. Murrow, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University and Online News Association awards. He holds an M.A. at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School, where he was founding Executive Editor of Annenberg’s pioneering 24/7 news organization Neon Tommy. Grant is the former Operations Director of semantic news analyzer Inform.com.
Joanne Heyman, Senior Advisor
Joanne, Founder and CEO of Heyman Partners, is a internationally-respected strategic advisor in the “pro-social” space. Previously, she was the founding Executive Director of the Urban Zen Foundation, Executive Director of The International Center in New York, Vice President of the Corporation of Yaddo, Managing Director of the Financial Services Volunteer Corps and as a senior advisor to The Goldman Sachs Foundation and the American Jewish World Service.
The GroundTruth Project
GroundTruth is dedicated to supporting the next generation of correspondents to tell the most important stories of our time. Over the last five years, GroundTruth has awarded 150 reporting fellowships to top, young journalists to carry out team reporting projects around the world and across the U.S.
GroundTruth has pioneered unique training and reporting approaches, both nationally and internationally, that pair journalists with local reporters. The projects have won the National Edward R. Murrow Award, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, the Overseas Press Club Award and shared in the Online Journalism Award. GroundTruth reporting fellows have gone on to work at The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, BBC, CBS News, Politico, 60 Minutes, VICE and other prominent news organization.
GroundTruth's editorial operations are led by Co-Founder and Executive Editor Kevin Grant, who brings a unique skill set for leading innovative digital journalism projects, in-the-field training and cross-cultural reporting teams. Grant will bring that experience to Report for America.
Google News Lab, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, Knight Foundation, Galloway Family Foundation, The Center for Investigative Reporting and Reveal Labs, and Solutions Journalism Network.