TickleTheWire.com features federal law enforcement news from around the country. The site includes reports from newspapers and wire services including the New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald, the Associated Press and Los Angeles Times. It also includes original reporting from top-notch journalists. The targeted audience is the more than 300,000 people in federal law enforcement as well as the media, academics and the general public. The name for the site, TickleTheWire.com, comes from a law enforcement term, which means to create a situation that will encourage targets of a probe to talk on a wiretapped phone. TickleTheWire.com welcomes suggestions for news stories or comments at email@example.com.
ALLAN LENGEL, Editor & Founder
The editor of TickleTheWire.com is Allan Lengel, a veteran journalist who has covered law enforcement at major publications including the Washington Post and the Detroit News. He also served as an intern under the late investigative columnist Jack Anderson. Over the years, Mr. Lengel has covered major events including the 9-11 attacks, the Congressman William Jefferson investigation, the Chandra Levy probe, the anthrax attacks and the Oklahoma City bombing. He is a former adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Maryland. He is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).
Kehrt Reyher, Strategy & Business Development: Kehrt Reyher is CEO of the Modern Media Institute, an international training and education center based in Poland. He also serves as Chairman of VFP Communications, Poland’s leading business-to-business information provider covering Polish marketing communications. VFP is a licensee of Advertising Age (Crain Communications, USA). A former newspaper editor and designer, he worked previously at The Providence Journal, The Detroit News and USA Today.
Ethan Mayers, Editorial Content & Business Strategy: Ethan Mayers is the principal consultant and president of Synthenai, a New York City-based focused on the needs of small to mid-sized businesses. After a successful TV career that included stops at ESPN, and Voom, Ethan took advantage of his work in research and analysis to consult for several companies, including M & A Media Group, Ogilvy Healthworld and Sixth Gear Solutions Corp., a boutique finance firm initially funded by and for $1 billion. Ethan’s work led to the development of a unique insight tool specifically designed for to efficiently assess their companies.
Terence Samuel, Editorial Content & Strategy: Terence Samuel is a political editor for the Washington Post. He is the former deputy editor of The Root, a Washington Post owned daily on-line magazine that provides thought provoking commentary from a black perspective. He is a former senior editor and chief congressional correspondent at U.S. News and World Report and a former New York-based national correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has also served as the director of news programming at AOL Black Voices and was a political columnist for the online edition of The American Prospect. He has appeared on news shows including PBS’s Washington Week, Hardball on MSNBC, CNN International and Fox News.
Glen Justice, Editorial Content & Strategy : Glen Justice is the special projects editor for National Journal, in charge of digital outreach products such as executive briefings and email updates. He is also the editor of National Journal Daily . He is the former executive editor of Mad Mariner, a premiere online magazine on boating based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he worked in the Washington bureau of the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Bloomberg and the Times-Picayune in New Orleans.
In the past seven years, he reported from the White House, Congress, the Pentagon and various other government agencies, including coverage of two presidential campaigns, the Florida recount, and the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Glenn R. Simpson, Editorial Content , Financial Crimes and Public Corruption: Glenn R. Simpson is the co-founder of SNS Global LLC, an international company that does investigative work for private clients. Simpson is a former award winning investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau, who specialized in terrorism finance and public corruption. For nearly three years, he worked as an investigative reporter in the paper’s European headquarters in Brussels. Prior to working at the Wall Street Journal, he worked at Roll Call on Capitol Hill and Insight Magazine.
John C. Moore, High-Tech Security, Law Enforcement:John C. Moore joined Nat’l Security Associates World Wide, LLC as a partner in January 2008. Before that he worked for the U.S. Secret Service for 33 years at posts including deputy Assistant Director where he managed former presidential details, the Dignitary Protective Division, and the Special Operations Division. As part of the Director’s Executive Staff, Mr. Moore was involved in long range and strategic planning. He managed and provided oversight for all Secret Service Protective Operations Special Projects. He also served as Special Agent in Charge in the Technical Security Division of the US Secret Service and was responsible for all Secret Service Technical Security and Counter Measures programs deployed at the White House Complex and other key designated protective sites.
Eric London, Editorial Content, Strategy: Eric London is a senior principal and managing director of TSD Communications in Washington.He brings wide-ranging communications and policy experience from his work in the public and non-profit sectors. He has worked for many TSD clients including Google and XM Satellite Radio. Before arriving at TSD, he served as the Director of the Office of Public Affairs of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission where he managed press for several major matters before the agency including the AOL/Time Warner merger regulatory review and investigations into marketing of violent material by the record, video game, and movie industry for youth audiences. Before that, he served as Deputy Communications Director to House Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt and wrote the widely praised speech the Congressman delivered on the day of the impeachment vote in the House – a speech Vice-President Al Gore called the finest speech he had heard in the House in his 22 years in Washington.
Eric Starkman, Editorial Content and Strategy: Eric Starkman is president and founder of Starkman & Associates, a full-service public and investor relations firm on Madison Avenue in New York that excels at providing high-level financial, corporate, and crisis communications counseling and marketing services to companies of all sizes and sectors. Previously, he worked more than 15 years as a reporter and editor at major newspapers in the U.S. and Canada, including the Wall Street Journal, The Toronto Star, The Montreal Gazette, The Detroit News, as well as American Banker. Prior to launching S&A, he oversaw the corporate communications practices at established agencies in the New York area, including Morgen-Walke Associates. He worked earlier as a copywriter at W.B. Doner & Co., a Michigan-based advertising agency.
Michael Binstein, Editorial Content, Business Development: Michael Binstein is the chief executive of Binny’s Beverage Depot, a $200 million a year liquor store retailer with 24 superstores in the Chicagoland area. The chain, which has aggressively added a number of stores since Mr. Binstein took over the family business in 1995, also sells high-end gourmet products and cigars. Before taking over the family business, he worked as an investigative reporter for columnist Jack Anderson. He eventually co-authored the syndicated column. He is also the co-author of the book “Trust Me: Charles Keating and the Missing Billions’.
Buddy Fenster , Business Development and Editorial Content – Buddy Fenster has had extensive experience in the meat industry. For several years, he helped operate the family business, Utica Packing, Michigan’s second largest pig slaughterhouse, which generated annual sales of $250 million and distributed its product to grocers nationwide. He later became co-owner of ANR Packing, a wholesale producer and nationwide distributor of smoked meat products. He currently works in the health care industry.
J. Kingston Pierce, Editorial Content and Strategy – J. Kingston Piece is a veteran journalist, popular historian, and book critic based in the Pacific Northwest. He has served as an editor at Oregon, Washington, and Seattle magazines; written more than half a dozen non-fiction books, including the PBS-TV companion volume America’s Historic Trails with Tom Bodett (KQED Books, 1997), Eccentric Seattle (WSU Press, 2003), and two photographic histories, San Francisco: Yesterday and Today and Seattle: Yesterday and Today (Publications International, 2009); and worked as the writer and on-air host of a popular Seattle cable-TV series called Eccentric Seattle. Pierce is currently the editor of The Rap Sheet (http://therapsheet.blogspot.com/), an Anthony Award-nominated crime-fiction blog, and the senior editor of January Magazine (http://www.januarymagazine.com), an online literary journal.