David Kidwell is the Investigations Editor at the Better Government Association, where he leads reporting on longer-term investigations. Before coming to the BGA, he was an investigative political reporter at the Chicago Tribune where his work examined the public and private worlds of the most powerful public officials in Illinois. His work helped lead to several public corruption convictions, among them were Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the CEO of a redlight camera company behind a $2 million bribery scandal at City Hall.
Before joining the Tribune in 2005, Kidwell was an investigative reporter at The Miami Herald for 15 years, where his work helped lead to several corruption arrests and a nationwide overhaul of the U.S. Customs Service. He has been a guest lecturer on journalism ethics and public records at various national organizations and universities.