Brant Houston is the Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, teaching investigative and advanced reporting. Houston became the chair after serving for more than a decade as the executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), a 4,000-member organization, and as a professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Before joining IRE, he was an award-winning investigative reporter at daily newspapers for 17 years.
Houston also is the author of three editions of the textbook, Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide, and co-author of the fourth edition and fifth edition of The Investigative Reporter's Handbook. Currently he is working on projects involving nonprofit journalism, ethnic media newsrooms and new technologies for newsgathering. You can follow him on Twitter at @branthouston.