ProPublica Illinois announced today that Jane Nicholson is joining its staff as director of development. She starts on Oct. 10 and will work closely with the ProPublica fundraising team to help build and implement a sustainable development strategy in Illinois.

Nicholson comes to ProPublica Illinois from Chicago Public Media/WBEZ, where she has served as manager of institutional giving for nearly four years. As the frontline fundraiser and portfolio manager for the organization’s institutional giving program, she managed donor relations and cultivated, solicited and stewarded major gifts – securing the largest project-focused grant in WBEZ’s history. Prior to this role, Nicholson held development and sales positions for Koahnic Broadcast Corporation and A&E Television Networks.

“Jane’s broad experience and successful track record will be essential as we continue to grow our newsroom,” said ProPublica Illinois Editor-in-Chief Louise Kiernan. “We’re thrilled to have her dynamic fundraising talent on our team.”

"The high-impact investigative journalism that ProPublica delivers is vital to the health of our society," said Nicholson. "I am honored and enthusiastic to join such a talented, visionary team and look forward to engaging with those in our community who embrace and seek to advance ProPublica's important mission."