InvestigateWest is thrilled to announce the addition of two new board members with top-flight credentials in journalism, technology, innovation, audience engagement and entrepreneurship. 

Anika Anand and Jeremy Gilbert joined the nonprofit newsroom’s board of directors earlier this spring as part of the organization’s ongoing effort to build on its legacy of change-making investigative journalism.

“We are so pleased that Anika and Jeremy will work with us on the InvestigateWest board,” said Brant Houston, the Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois who became InvestigateWest’s board chair in January. “Both are excellent journalists who nationally have been guiding newsrooms into the future and who will help envision the best way forward for InvestigativeWest.”

InvestigateWest is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to investigative journalism for the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 2009, the Seattle-based newsroom covers a range of topics including public health, the environment, youth, racial justice, voting and government accountability. Over the years, its reporting has prompted reforms and more than a half dozen different state laws protecting the environment, workers and foster children.

Learn more about InvestigateWest’s change-making journalism and consider making a donation to the reader-supported nonprofit. Read more about the newest members of the InvestigateWest board of directors below:

ANIKA ANAND is the deputy director for LION Publishers, which provides teaching, resources and community to independent news entrepreneurs as they build and develop sustainable businesses. Since joining LION in 2019, she’s designed, launched and fundraised for programs that have given out more than $600,000 in direct funding to members; helped grow the annual budget by 200 percent; recruited and hired to triple the size of the LION team; and overseen the development of a framework to measure news sustainability. Previously, she co-founded Seattle newsletter The Evergrey, was the storytelling and product director of its parent company WhereBy.Us and has also worked in product and engagement roles for The Seattle Times Education Lab and Chalkbeat. She lives in Seattle with her husband and son. 

JEREMY GILBERT is the Knight Chair of Digital Media Strategy at Northwestern University’s Medill School and he oversees the Knight Lab. Both his work and teaching focus on the content and revenue strategies of existing and emerging media companies. He explores the intersection of technology and media, examining how new tools and techniques will affect the creation, consumption and distribution of media. Prior to assuming the Knight Chair, Gilbert was The Washington Post’s Director of Strategic Initiatives where he created and led the Lede Lab, an award-winning team that helped in transforming The Post into an international, digital-first news organization. His other past roles include National Geographic, The Poynter Institute, The Tampa Bay Times and The News-Press.