Meet the Investigators
Lee Zurik – Director 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 – Executive Producer 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.
Sandra Jones – Investigative Reporter
Sandra is an Investigative reporter with Gray Television’s National Investigative Team. She’s served as Consumer Investigative reporter at WVIT in West Hartford helping viewers get their money back and solve their problems. Before that, she spent nearly two decades in Richmond, Virginia exposing government corruption, wasteful spending, dangerous conditions at juvenile detention center, forced changes with city fire hydrants, and removing violent sex offenders from a women’s treatment center. Sandra has received Emmy nominations, regional Edward R. Murrow awards, and awards from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Press and the Virginia Broadcasters Association. Sandra is a New Jersey native and a graduate of Rutgers University.
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. She serves on the board of Investigative Reporters and Editors.
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.