Maud Beelman is the founding executive editor of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism and a professor of practice at the Cronkite School. Before joining the faculty in 2019, she was the U.S. investigations editor for The Associated Press.
As an AP editor, she led a national team of reporters who produced long- and short-term projects, including investigations into sexual assaults among children in public schools and on U.S. military bases, police misconduct and medical device safety. For many years, she also directed the AP’s spot news report in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma, managing big breaking news such as the first case of Ebola in the U.S. and Hurricane Harvey.
Beelman is the founding director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. She led the Washington, D.C.-based group, then a project of the Center for Public Integrity, from its inception in 1997 to 2004. In building the first cross-border collaborative of its kind, Beelman helped identify and recruit the world’s leading investigative reporters, oversaw and edited the group’s projects and helped spread the gospel of global investigative collaboration. Under her editorial leadership, the group won the first George Polk Award given for online investigative journalism.
Beelman was also a deputy managing editor at The Dallas Morning News, where she directed a department of investigative, enterprise and data reporters. In her 10 years there, Beelman’s teams won numerous state and national awards for investigations into patient safety breakdowns at one of the nation’s largest public hospitals, a deadly fertilizer plant explosion, corruption and abuse in the Texas Youth Commission and inequities in the Texas criminal justice system.
Beelman is a former domestic and foreign correspondent, beginning her AP reporting career in her hometown of New Orleans and later working in Florida and Pennsylvania. She edited on AP’s international desk in New York before moving to Germany at the start of a six-year foreign assignment. During her overseas tour, Beelman covered German unification, the Kurdish refugee crisis in Iran and Iraq after the first Gulf war, and the wars in former Yugoslavia.
In addition to the Polk, her work has been recognized with awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Bar Association and the Associated Press Media Editors, among others.
Beelman is a fellow and board member of the Alicia Patterson Foundation and a contributor to Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know. She has a master’s degree in journalism and communications from the University of Florida. She served a decade on the board of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, is a longtime member of IRE and has worked as a newsroom trainer in the U.S. and abroad.