We’re still figuring out who’s wearing what hat…so, check back soon for an update.

In the meantime, if you’d like to contact the Directors (Melissa Troutman & Joshua B. Pribanic) please use these emails:

  • joshua@publicherald.org, melissa@publicherald.org


Joshua B. Pribanic is an investigative journalist, photographer, artist and filmmaker who co-founded Public Herald (est. 2011), a nonprofit for investigative journalism, and co-directed the recently acclaimed documentary TRIPLE DIVIDE. He currently operates as the Editor-in-Chief for Public Herald in Pittsburgh’s historic Paramount Film Exchange building. Pribanic’s work as an investigative journalist has been awarded support from the James L. Knight Foundation, Investigative News Network (now Institute for Nonprofit News), and Tesla Motors. For his production and directing of the documentary feature TRIPLE DIVIDE (released March 2013), Pribanic gained international attention for his reporting on fracking shale gas in the United States. The film showcased a number of exclusive reports and exposed abuses to the public interest leading to regulatory accountability on the local and state level. TRIPLE DIVIDE appeared in film festivals nationwide, and thus far has received an audience stretching over 30 countries, while continuing to remain relevant and screen in communities, colleges and festivals.

Pribanic’s 2014 project INVISIBLE HAND, a feature-length documentary, kicked off with an exclusive report in the spring of 2014 that led to the production of the The Daily Show’s first-ever segment on fracking. The project is accompanied by an open source data public records website, publicfiles.org or a.k.a. #fileroom, where the largest release of oil and gas records to date is hosted.

Director Melissa TroutmanMELISSA TROUTMAN – Director

Melissa Troutman is a journalist, writer and vocal artist. She began investigating shale gas extraction in 2010 as a newspaper reporter in her hometown of Coudersport, Pennsylvania before co-founding the investigative news nonprofit Public Herald, where she now serves as Executive Director. Melissa co-wrote, -directed and -edited the documentary Triple Divide (2013), which she also narrates with award-winning actor Mark Ruffalo. Follow her on twitter @melissat22.