Joseph Cranney

State and local government reporter for The Post and Courier in Columbia, South Carolina. Compiles a weekly newsletter of local watchdog reporting from across the country.

Covered sports and government for newspapers in Pennsylvania and Florida. Studied journalism at Temple University.

Won five awards from the Florida Society of News Editors, including First Place awards for Beat Reporting, Enterprise Reporting and Breaking News Reporting.


Selected work:
Prosecutor moved drug money to spending card for personal trip to South America (3/21/2018)

Prosecutor paid his brother public money to deejay office Christmas parties (3/11/2018)

Prosecutor charged taxpayers thousands on trips, club memberships and luxury accommodations (3/8/2018)

City Councilman’s vote prompted a secret $24K payout to his business partner (1/24/2018)

City Councilman accelerated public spending in area where his business partner oversees investment (11/4/2016)

Despite his assurance, City Councilman did legal work for group before, after he approved their project (12/17/2016)

City Councilman denied a relationship with associate, but sought meeting with him before vote on his project (10/13/2017)

Former mayor frequently hired law firm while voting to approve their projects (3/4/2016)

Naples leaders named park in segregated neighborhood for war hero, neglected it for decades (8/10/2017)

City Councilman shown treating city employees like personal staff (7/27/2015)

Mayor charged taxpayers more than $4,000 for secret trip to China (2/29/2016)

Private investment group quietly buying properties in gentrifying neighborhood (7/9/2016)