As of June 19, we will have a new team leading the organization. Our current executive editor, Andie Crossan, will be serving as executive director, and our deputy director and managing editor, Britney Dennison, will be moving into the role of executive editor.
Our founder and director, Peter Klein, is leaving the GRC to join NBC News as their executive editor of investigative reporting. The Global Reporting Centre has had a number of successful collaborations with NBC News, and we wish Peter continued success as he returns to New York. He will remain with the organization as the chair of our board.
“I feel so confident that I’m leaving the GRC in incredibly capable hands,” Klein said. “Britney essentially built the centre with me from the start, and she has been instrumental in getting it to where it is today, a go-to organization for anyone interested in innovating how global reporting is done.”
Crossan has been with the GRC since 2021. Before that, she was the executive producer of PRX’s The World, and previously worked for the BBC, CBC, Associated Press, and NBC News.
“When Andie returned to Vancouver after two decades working in London, Boston and many of the world’s news hotspots, it was like a gift from heaven!” said Klein. “To have someone of her caliber join the GRC really raised our game, and I can’t think of a better person to take the reins.”
As senior leaders, Crossan and Dennison have helped the centre go from strength to strength. The two have led the editorial team with a number of successful partnerships with NBC News, Mongabay, The Walrus, and The Tyee. Last year, Crossan joined Dennison and associate professor Kathryn Gretsinger to co-lead the 2022-2023 cohort of the Global Reporting Program, based out of UBC’s School of Journalism, Writing, and Media.
“I’m thrilled to lead the GRC as we move into the next chapter. We’re a diverse team with a strong track record of reporting stories with editorial rigor, depth, and nuance,” said Crossan. “Together with Britney, I know that we will continue to advance the GRC’s mission of global journalism, done differently.”
Britney Dennison has been with the GRC since 2014, and her work has won numerous awards, including two National Edward R. Murrows. She has led successful collaborations with major media outlets, including NBC News, PBS NewsHour, The Tyee, and Mother Jones.
“It has been an absolute privilege to work alongside Peter to build the GRC over the past decade, and I know he will bring his creative energy and investigative skills to his new role at NBC,” said Dennison. “I am thrilled to take on the role of executive editor at the GRC and to work with Andie to continue our legacy of impactful journalism.”
Over the past year, while Klein was on sabbatical directing a feature documentary about bribery, Crossan and Dennison took more of a leadership role, and Klein said that gave him comfort to step back from the centre he founded.
“Building the GRC is the crowning achievement of my career, but the test of a solid organization is that it has the foundation to function and thrive with new leadership,” Klein said. “I can’t wait to see what they do to bring the Global Reporting Centre to new heights!”