A newspaper veteran of over 30 years, Thomas Heslin has worked to raise public awareness of open government in a variety of arenas. As managing editor for investigations at The Providence Journal, Mr. Heslin led a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into corruption of the state courts system, and served as metropolitan managing editor during the Journal’s coverage of the 2003 Station Nightclub fire—also a Pulitzer Prize nominee.
A founder of ACCESS/RI and the New England First Amendment Coalition, Mr. Heslin has also served on a number of boards and committees dedicated to creating strengthening press freedoms: the National Freedom of Information Coalition, the Freedom of Information Committee of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the News/Editorial Advisory Board of the American Press Institute. Mr. Heslin now serves as executive editor of The Providence Journal and projo.com, and is the President of The New England First Amendment Coalition. In 2005, he received the Yankee Quill Award for lifetime achievement in New England Journalism.