Ray Locker

Checks and Balances Project is proud to announce that Ray Locker has joined the team after a terrific run as Washington enterprise editor and national security editor of USA Today. Locker worked previously for news organizations in Tampa, Montgomery, Ala., Los Angeles, and Sacramento before joining USA Today in 2005.

Locker has specialized in complex stories involving the intersection of business, government and politics with a focus on exposing injustice. 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.

“I’m excited about joining Checks and Balances Project,” Locker said. “I’ve spent my career trying to do reporting that helps people and has impact, and that’s what Checks and Balances Project is all about.”

His reporting and direction of coverage have led to multimillion-dollar fines for illegal campaign activities, fraud convictions for those who created fake nonprofit organizations to siphon off tax money, and the unraveling of an international Ponzi scheme.

“All too often, people in power use all of the tricks at their disposal – gaslighting, false equivalencies, and compromised ‘research’ – to get what they want at the expense of ordinary citizens,” Locker said. “I hope I can do my part to expose and change this kind of behavior.”

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.


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