Jack Gillum, an investigative reporter who has uncovered testing irregularities in big-city schools and explored the growing role of government subsidies in college sports programs, has been named a campaign finance and investigative reporter for The Associated Press.
The appointment was announced Tuesday by Sally Buzbee, the AP's Washington bureau chief.
Gillum joins the AP from USA Today, where he reported and wrote data-driven investigative projects. Among his work: an examination of testing irregularities in Washington, D.C. schools as the system trumpeted reforms and a look at how taxpayer subsidies play a growing role in university sports programs.
Working from the AP's Washington bureau, Gillum, 27, will cover the role of money in campaigns throughout the 2012 election cycle at a time when court rulings have radically changed how outside groups can influence elections.
"Jack is an important addition to AP's investigative and political teams, bringing strong data and public-records skills, along with a sharp political eye for how government and the private sector intersect," Buzbee said. "He has a history of partnering with other beat reporters on strong projects."
Before joining USA Today in 2008, Gillum worked as a business reporter and database specialist for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, Ariz.
He is a graduate of Santa Clara University and has a master's in journalism from Columbia University.