Joseph Cranney

Joey Cranney is a state and local government reporter for The Post and Courier in Columbia, South Carolina. He is the co-founder of the Local Matters newsletter, a weekly roundup of local watchdog reporting from across the country.

He covered sports and government for newspapers in Pennsylvania and Florida. He studied journalism at Temple University.

He 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:
Above the Law: South Carolina sheriffs fly first class, bully employees and line their pockets with taxpayer money (3/16/2019)

The Untouchables: Ethics complaints against South Carolina judges are buried in an opaque system that shields the accused (4/25/2019)

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)

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

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

At a boarding house owned by the governor, mold, roaches and a stabbing (10/24/2018)

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

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)