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Maud Beelman

Maud Beelman, a veteran investigative journalist and former foreign and war correspondent, oversees news coverage and editorial operations for The Associated Press in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Beelman joined the AP in August after 10 years at The Dallas Morning News, where she was deputy managing editor for investigations and enterprise. Her teams there won numerous state and national awards for public service journalism, including investigations into patient safety breakdowns at Parkland Memorial, one of the nation’s largest public hospitals; the deadly 2013 fertilizer explosion in West; corruption and abuse in the Texas Youth Commission; the Texas criminal justice system, and Gov. Rick Perry, to name a few.

Prior to joining The News, Beelman was the founding director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, part of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity. The ICIJ is a 17-year-old network of the world’s leading investigative reporters and was the first cross-border investigative journalism collaborative of its kind. ICIJ investigations under Beelman’s direction won the George Polk, Investigative Reporters and Editors and Society of Professional Journalists awards.

Beelman worked for The Associated Press from 1983 to 1997, domestically and abroad. As an AP foreign correspondent, she covered German unification, the Kurdish refugee crisis in Iran and Iraq after the first Gulf war, and the wars in former Yugoslavia.

Beelman, 56, is an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow and serves on the board of directors of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and the Alicia Patterson Foundation.

In addition to JAWS, Beelman is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and has worked as a newsroom trainer in the United States and Europe. She has a master’s degree in journalism and communications from the University of Florida and an undergraduate journalism degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.