Nebraska Watchdog

TaglineThink tank-funded investigations for the Cornhusker State
Year Founded2009
Type or CoverageInvestigative
Type or CoveragePolitics
Business TypeNon-profit
Revenue SourcesDonations
Revenue SourcesGrants
Institutional SupportNo Institutional Support
Staff Size (Business)Shared Corporate Staff
Staff Size (Editorial)1
Active VolunteersNone
AffiliationsGoogle News; KFAB Radio (Omaha); the Franklin Center.
Mappin LocationLaVista - Nebraska
Principal StaffJoe Jordan
DescriptionNebraska Watchdog which launched in September 2009 with longtime newsman Joe Jordan as its sole employee is a one-man shop focusing on investigative and statehouse news in the Cornhusker State. The site is part of a network of sites around the country that share the Watchdog name. Jordan spent twenty-nine years as a political and investigative reporter for KMTV CBS in Omaha winning a Walter Cronkite Award in 2003 for uncovering misleading television ads from a pharmaceutical company—supposedly public service spots about low cost drugs they prominently featured local congressmen campaigning for reelections—and a duPont award in 1983 for covering patient abuse at an Omaha home for the physically and mentally handicapped. In 2009 he left the station to start the Nebraska Watchdog after being approached by the Franklin Center. “I wanted to be moving toward the future rather than waiting for it to come to me” Jordan says.
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