About the Foundation

The New York-based Contently Foundation was founded in 2014 with two goals: empower those new to enterprise reporting, especially contributors far from the nation’s big media centers, where support is hard to come by and important public service stories often go untold; and produce high-quality, long-form investigative stories to be co-published with digital news partners and other media.

Our mission is grounded in providing journalists with the tools and support they need to advance their skills and develop stories with impact. We accomplish this through a distinctive combination of mentoring and financial support, coupled with exposure to digital technology to enhance the work of our contributors. We've succeeded in bringing their pieces to a wide audiences through emerging new media publishers. 

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Board of Directors

Pete Hamill, board member. Acclaimed reporter, columnist, novelist, essayist and editor, Hamill is regarded as one of the most accomplished journalists of the 20th century. He’s written for dozens of newspapers and magazines, including the New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy and Rolling Stone and served as editor of both the New York Daily News and New York Post. Among his 20 published books of fiction and non-fiction is his take on the state of reporting: “News is a Verb: Journalism at the End of the Twentieth Century.” His widely praised memoir, “A Drinking Life,” inspired his friend Frank McCourt to write “Angela’s Ashes” and cemented Hamill’s place among the great voices of New York. He won a Grammy Award for his liner notes to Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan’s album, “Blood on the Tracks,” and in 2014 he was honored with the George Polk Career Award for his distinguished lifetime of work.

Brendan Keefe, board member. Groundbreaking investigative reporter for the NBC News affiliate in Atlanta, Keefe was given the George Foster Peabody Award, broadcast journalism’s highest honor, in October 2016. His work has garnered 66 regional Emmys, three national Edward R. Murrow awards, the Gannett Foundation's Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Reporting and the American Legion's Fourth Estate Award. He has worked for nearly 25 years as an anchor and reporter for network affiliates around the nation, including five years in Houston and another five in New York City. Keefe was embedded with the US Army as a war correspondent during the Iraq war and served multiple reporting tours in the Middle East.

Brad Hamilton, Contently Foundation editor-in-chief. Hamilton is an award-winning investigative reporter and editor with 30 years of journalism experience. His work has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, Playboy, the Village Voice and Harper’s magazine, and featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “Inside Edition.” He created and led the New York Post’s first desk for investigative reporting and published numerous exclusives during his 25-year association with the paper. He is the winner of three New York Press Club awards. Hamilton taught introductory and investigative reporting at New York University and created a journalism program for students through the Brooklyn YMCA. The YMCA of Greater New York named him volunteer of the year in 1995. Under his editorial direction, a Contently Foundation story was named the winner of the Donald Robinson memorial award for investigative reporting in 2015, given by the American Society of Journalists and Authors.  

Sam Slaughter, VP of Content, Contently. An accomplished executive and key member of the team that formed Contently, Slaughter has served as managing editor, chief operating officer and vice president of content of the media tech company since its launch in 2011. He also writes about technology for the New York Times. He previously was the managing editor of Comcast Interactive Media and worked as a writer, editor and producer at New York 1 News. His reporting has appeared in Digiday, Adweek and the Philadelphia Weekly.

Shane Snow, Chief Creative Officer, Contently. Author of the best-selling “SmartCuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success,” Snow is a co-founder of the Contently company as well as a widely published journalist and featured speaker at the Columbia School of Journalism, from which he has a masters in journalism. The school named Contently media innovator of the year in 2015. His reporting has appeared in the New Yorker, Wired, Fast Company and Advertising Age. Business Insider named him one of the “100 Coolest People in Tech” in 2012.  He is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.   

Edit Staff

Brad Hamilton, Editor-in-Chief (brad@contently.org)
Scott Simone, Assistant Editor (scott@contently.org)

Contributing Journalists

Dan Patterson, Sara Stewart, Danielle Shapiro, Marcus Baram, Peter Green, Stefanie Cohen, John Mazor, Tamarra Kemsley, Chris Francescani

Volunteer Researchers

Philip Garrity, Kristen Poli, Erin Nelson, Ines Tamaddon, Maria Vinokurov

Ethics & Disclosure

In order to provide transparency for the public we acknowledge the following: The Contently Foundation and Contently, Inc. are separate entities operating in support of their respective missions. The Contently Foundation grew out of Contently, Inc, but is not directly involved in the proceedings of Contently, Inc. Both The Contently Foundation and Contently, Inc. share executive personnel who invest their efforts into The Contently Foundation.