Ray Locker,  Executive Director

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.

 

 

 

 

Mike Mikus, Reporter

Mikus reports on various topics around the country. He served as a frequent contributor on CBC in Canada during the 2020 presidential election. He also provides political analysis and commentary to national publications such as the New York TimesWashington PostNew York Post, Associated Press and Newsweek, among other publications. Mikus has provided communications and strategic consulting to numerous national organizations and companies. Some of Mikus’ previous clients include Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, the Asbestos Victims Alliance, and The Voter Project. Mikus is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College and resides in southwestern Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Peterson, Senior Fellow

After 15 years in the financial industry, Scott Peterson was the executive director of the investigative watchdog blog Checks and Balances Project until July 2021. 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.