Co-founded the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Program (OCCRP) where he now serves as editor-in-chief. He is an American journalist and social entrepreneur who founded the Center for Investigative Reporting in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2004, as well as the Journalism Development Network, a worldwide media development organization. He is the recipient of the European Press Prize, the Daniel Pearl Award (twice), the Online Journalism Award for investigative reporting (twice), the Global Shining Light Award (four times), the Tom Renner award for Crime Reporting (twice) among dozens of others. He worked previously as an investigative reporter for the Tennessean newspaper and the Associated Press wire service. He has served on the boards of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting. Before he was a journalist, he was a stand-up comedian and an aerospace engineer on the Space Shuttle.