Greg David is the director of the Business & Economics Reporting Program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. He is also continuing his work as a journalist, writing a blog and weekly column for Crain’s New York Business. He is most well-known for his 23-year tenure as editor of Crain’s, where he led the paper’s entry into the web, expanded its online coverage and created two daily newsletters. Under his leadership, Crain’s won numerous awards, including one for general excellence from Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and two Gerald W. Loeb Awards for excellence in financial journalism. His work at the J-School includes helping to place students in internships and full-time jobs and developing events and programs related to the program. He also teaches NYC Business and Economy at Baruch’s School of Public Affairs.


David Friedfel is the Director of State Studies for Citizens Budget Commission. He most recently served as Commissioner of Management and Budget for Albany County, NY. Previously in New York State government, he served as Deputy Director of Fiscal Studies for the Ways and Means Majority in the New York State Assembly, focusing on tax revenue forecasting and tax policy. He also spent time at the New York State Division of the Budget, focusing on Medicaid. Friedfel holds a BA and MA in public policy from Rockefeller College at the University at Albany, SUNY.


Bill Glassgal is the Program and Editorial Director for State and Local Accountability and Improvement programs at The Volcker Alliance in New York. He is a four-decade veteran financial journalist, and was Managing Editor for States and Municipalities at Bloomberg News. He has received awards from the National Press Club Foundation and other organizations. He also served as co-host of Bloomberg’s Global Week Ahead Podcast as well as Editor-at-Large and Enterprise Editor. Prior to Bloomberg News, he spent 20 years at BusinessWeek Magazine as a senior Writer and senior editor, and was also an editorial director of the Investment Advisor Group, vice president at Standard & Poor’s Corp. and a reporter and editor at the Associated Press and the Star-Ledger in New Jersey.


Steven Fehr is a senior officer with Pew’s state and local fiscal health initiative, which researches state budget issues and provides policy guidance to help policymakers manage finances through the turns in the economy. As a lead researcher on the project, Fehr oversees a wide-ranging portfolio that includes state intervention efforts in distressed local governments, state revenue systems, rainy day funds, borrowing, public pensions, and state tax policy. He is a frequent speaker to professional and academic associations and contributes to Stateline, the daily news service of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Fehr, who joined Pew in 2008, draws from 33 years’ experience as a reporter and editor at the Washington Post and the Kansas City Star. During those years, he covered every level of government, from city councils and school boards to state legislatures, governors, Congress, and the White House. Fehr holds a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Tom McGinty is an investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal in New York City. He specializes in computer-assisted reporting using spreadsheets and database managers to analyze and mine statistical data and public records databases. He works on a variety of topics and often collaborates with other reporters. Before joining the Journal in January 2008, McGinty was a staff writer for Newsday from 2001 to 2007. He was also the training director at Investigative Reporters and Editors, an organization based at the University of Missouri. From 1993 to 1998 he was a reporter at the Times of Trenton. McGinty earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and journalism from Utica College of Syracuse University.



Arlene Martinez covers local government and energy as part of Ventura’s investigations team. Some of her favorite things are actuarial reports and Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports, which she encourages everyone to read. Frequently.



Donald J. Boyd has over three decades of experience analyzing state and local government fiscal issues. Boyd is co-director of the State and Local Government Finance Project at the Center for Policy Research at UAlbany’s Rockefeller College, and consultant to several organizations that analyze or model aspects of state and local government finances, including the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Open Source Policy Center at the American Enterprise Institute. In addition, he is an affiliated expert at the Open Research Group.

Previously, Boyd was director of fiscal studies at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, where he led the Institute’s analysis of state and local government finances in the 50 states and developed and led its Pension Simulation Project, examining risks associated with public pension plans. Previous positions include executive director of the State Budget Crisis Task Force, which studied fiscal challenges and risks in the 50 states; director of economic and revenue staff for the New York State Division of the Budget; and director of the tax staff for the New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee. Boyd holds a Ph.D. in managerial economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Chad Livengood is a senior editor for Crain’s Detroit Business. He covers statewide politics and policy as well as Detroit’s resurgence. He has led the creation of the monthly Crain’s Forum feature that seeks to highlight new ideas for tackling Michigan’s toughest problems, and his weekly podcasts feature interviews with the state’s most prominent business and political leaders. Livengood came to Crain’s in 2017, after covering the state capital for The Detroit News for five years. He is a Central Michigan University graduate.



Lydia O’Neal has been covering corporate tax policy at Bloomberg Tax for about a year and a half. She previously worked on an investigative team at Newsweek Media Group and has interned at CNN’s fact-checking desk, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Consumer Reports, and the Allentown (PA) Morning Call. At Emory University, she studied economics and French and served as an editor and reporter for the school’s newspaper.