After 15 years in the financial industry, Scott Peterson is executive director of the investigative watchdog blog Checks and Balances Project. His previous work as managing director of communications at New York Stock Exchange Regulation and director of communications at the Nasdaq Stock Market provides a valuable foundation for his current activities. Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema and a Certificate in Financial Planning from Georgetown University. He lives in Northern Virginia.
Locker specializes in complex stories involving the intersection of business, government and politics with a focus on exposing injustice. As Washington enterprise editor and national security editor at USA Today, he directed reporting that exposed the military’s failure to provide safe vehicles for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, corruption in military advisory contracts and a secret system of rating veterans nursing homes. Locker worked previously for news organizations in Tampa, Montgomery, Ala., Los Angeles, and Sacramento before joining USA Today in 2005. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati and Ohio University, Locker is also the author of two books about the Nixon administration — Nixon’s Gamble and Haig’s Coup.