Brant Houston is executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., and a professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He is also author of Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide and co-author of the fourth edition of The Investigative Reporter's Handbook. Before becoming executive director, he was managing director of the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting for two years and before that, a daily journalist for 17 years. He worked as an award-winning investigative reporter and database editor at The Hartford Courant and The Kansas City Star where he also was part of its investigative team. He also worked for several news organizations in the Boston area. His career has included stints on the investigative and projects desk, and many different beats, including city hall, courts, health, the statehouse, sports, and general assignment.