Nick Penniman is the chief executive officer of Issue One, a government ethics and political reform advocacy organization. He is the co-author of Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy And What We Can Do About It, and the former executive director of the Huffington Post Investigative Fund. Staffed by a newsroom of veteran journalists from mainstream newspapers and magazines, the team focused most of its energy on uncovering stories behind the financial crises that precipitated the Great Recession. The Investigative Fund later merged with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Center for Public Integrity, the largest nonprofit investigative reporting group in the nation’s capital.
Prior to that, Nick launched the American News Project, an experiment in online video journalism, and served as the Washington director of the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy, a foundation headed by broadcaster Bill Moyers. He has been publisher of The Washington Monthly magazine; executive editor of TomPaine.com; associate editor of the American Prospect; editor of the Lincoln Journal, and associate editor at the Missouri Historical Society. In the late 1990s he ran a national grassroots group called the Alliance for Democracy, which focused on the role of money in politics and of large corporations in economic globalization.
He has served on multiple nonprofit boards and advisory boards, including the Center for Responsive Politics and the Homeless Empowerment Project.