The role of an investigative journalist is as critical as it has ever been, if not more so. The ideal candidate is curious, challenges conventional thinking, meets roadblocks with a dogged determination to get the story. The investigative reporter will also report what is in plain sight, contrasting the position of elected officials with reality, using facts to fight misinformation. Our investigative reporter will know how to acquire and analyze documents and yet will be a storyteller who can explain his or her findings in a way that makes the impact clear to readers. A familiarity with data analysis, including a proficiency in Excel, is needed. Critically, this reporter will be passionate about serving as the voice so many do not have. The best accountability reporting begins with a state of mind - the knowledge that you are a surrogate for the public.