Meet the Investigators
Lee Zurik – Vice President of Investigations
Lee leads Gray Television’s National Investigative Team. Lee also works as an Evening News Anchor and Chief Investigative Reporter at Gray’s New Orleans television station. Lee has been honored with journalism’s top honors including two George Foster Peabody Awards, three Alfred I. duPont Silver Batons, nine National Edward R. Murrow Awards, and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal. Lee is a New Orleans native and a graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Jamie Grey – Managing Editor of Investigations
Jamie specializes in crime, political and data investigative reporting and producing. Prior to coming to InvestigateTV, she was an assistant professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and managing editor/chief investigator for the NBC affiliate in the Columbia/Jefferson City area. She has prior reporting experience in Iowa and Idaho and has won various state and regional awards for her investigative work. Jamie is a graduate of Mizzou, with degrees in journalism and higher education leadership and policy analysis.
Greg Phillips – Executive Producer of Investigations
Greg specializes in consumer investigations and stories exposing scams and rip-offs. He also focuses on emerging digital technologies including InvestigateTV’s OTT app. Before joining InvestigateTV, he was News Director at WMC, Gray Television’s NBC affiliate in Memphis, TN. He also has prior news management and investigative editing experience in New Orleans, LA and Phoenix, AZ. Greg has a Radio, Television and Film degree from the University of Texas.
Rachel DePompa – Consumer Investigative Reporter
Rachel is an investigative journalist with more than 20 years’ experience. She works for both InvestigateTV and WWBT NBC12 in Richmond, VA. She’s been named best reporter in the Virginias by the AP for Broadcasters and has won numerous Murrow and Emmy awards over the years. Her stories have exposed complicated Ponzi schemes, police corruption and misuse of tax dollars, leading to several federal investigations with convictions. She also loves telling consumer investigative stories. You can catch her series Watching Your Wallet on most of our TV stations across Gray Television. She resides in Richmond, is a twin mom, Maryland native and huge sports fan. She graduated from the University of Maryland.
Jill Riepenhoff – Investigative Producer
Jill is an experienced investigative journalist who spent more than three decades at The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio. Jill investigated, among other things, naughty teachers, predatory mortgage brokers, slumlords, guardians who neglect and steal from mentally incompetent adults, and college campuses where rapes and other violent crimes are hidden. For kicks, she digs into sports and has written extensively about the dark side of youth, high school and college athletics. Her work has won dozens of state and national awards.
Emily Featherston – Investigative Producer
Emily is an investigative journalist with a background in several forms of media. Before joining InvestigateTV, Emily was an investigative reporter and multimedia journalist at WECT News in Wilmington, North Carolina, where she focused on government accountability, election administration, healthcare and business stories. She came to television from the print world, having worked as an award-winning community journalist in Birmingham, Alabama. Emily is a graduate of Samford University with both a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a Master of Business Administration.
Owen Hornstein – Investigative Videographer and Editor
Owen tries to bring a modern and cinematic look to investigative storytelling with dynamic and engaging animations and videography. Prior to coming to InvestigateTV, he was a photojournalist for the NBC affiliate in New Orleans where he won two Emmys for his documentary work, one involving Leah Chase’s legacy and the other about the failing New Orleans Public School System. He studied filmmaking at the University of New Orleans.
Daniela Molina – Investigative Producer
Daniela is a bilingual investigative journalist who has great interest in human trafficking and health care stories. Before joining InvestigateTV, Daniela interned three summers with WTVJ in South Florida and worked with their digital duopoly team. Daniela is graduate of Indiana University with both a bachelor’s degree and masters degree in journalism.
Jesse Burkett-Hall – Investigative Photographer
Jesse Burkett-Hall is a photojournalist for Gray Television’s InvestigateTV, based in Washington, D.C. Jesse’s television career began in Richmond, Va. while in college, working for the local ABC affiliate, WRIC-TV and the CBS affiliate, WTVR-TV. With a degree in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, Jesse pursued several jobs in the business field. However, he realized, television and storytelling is his true passion. He returned to WTVR-TV as a photojournalist. Jesse also worked at WTIC-TV, the FOX affiliate in Hartford, CT and WUSA-TV and WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C. He has covered everything from shooting specials for the 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, the Vietnam War, and the insurrection on January 6th at the Capitol. He’s part of a news family so-to-speak. His husband and brother are television journalists. Outside of TV land, Jesse loves to workout and play with his two dogs, Gibbs and Oscar.
Daniel Heffner – Investigative Photographer
Daniel has been a Photojournalist since 2010. He started his career at WSET in Lynchburg, Virginia, before moving to Richmond, Virginia to work at WWBT and InvestigateTV. His career has allowed him to experience major events in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Geneva, Switzerland. He has won an Edward R. Murrow award, an Associated Press award, and has received an Emmy nomination. Daniel graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s of Communications with a Video Broadcasting focus.