James Wright joined OCCRP in 2019 and is deputy editor in chief for investigations. Prior to joining OCCRP, he was investigations editor at the Courier Journal in Louisville, Kentucky. During the 2016-17 academic year, he was a Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where he researched the influence of political mega-donors on American foreign policy. As deputy editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2015, James led an investigation that exposed casino magnate Sheldon Adelson’s secret purchase of the paper and covert efforts to undermine the Nevada judiciary.
Previously, he was a reporter and editor specializing in investigative reporting and coverage of government and politics at metropolitan newspapers in Denver, San Diego, Seattle, and Albany, New York as well as a media management consultant in Algiers, Algeria. Among other awards, he has received the Northwestern University James Foley Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism; the national Society of Professional Journalists Ethics in Journalism Award; the John B. Oakes Award for environmental writing; the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Champion of Justice Award; and a regional Emmy award.