Bill Conroy

Investigative Journalist

Seattle, WA

Bill Conroy

Bill Conroy is an independent investigative journalist focused on the drug war; law-enforcement corruption; national-security issues as well as immigration, business and economic coverage.



Company readies special ops forces for ‘election security’

Tennessee firm providing paramilitary recruits linked to a religious mission
Medium -- 2020 Link to Story

The New Space Race

Seattle is emerging as a global hub for the dawning satellite age
Seattle Business Magazine -- 2019 Link to Story

DEA Agents in Colombia Accused of Helping Narcos, Paramilitaries

Leaked memo details drug trafficking, money laundering and murder
Narco News -- 2006 Link to Story

The Man Who Knows Too Much

The strange case of a drug-war informant, a Ferrari and an alleged kidnapping Guillermo Eduardo Ramirez-Peyro insists he's no longer the same man who participated in cartel murders
The Riverfront Times -- 2014 Link to Story

Community Pushes Back Against Pasco Police Shooting

Nonviolent movement organizes around police reform in rural Washington city
The Daily Beast -- 2015 Link to Story

When Virtual Reality Becomes Real

The tech platform of the future is being created in Seattle, and it promises to transform health care
Seattle Business Magazine -- 2020 Link to Story

Safe Harbor: They don't have to live like refugees

The camps are packed with tents, bamboo huts and nationless people
San Antonio Current -- 2014 Link to Story

Left For Dead In Mexico

A disappeared American, a Juarez narcofosa and the cold case of David Castro
The Daily Beast -- 2015 Link to Story

FBI `Sudden Impact' illuminated

Public records reveal bureau's ties to insurance industry
S.A. Business Journal -- 2000 Link to Story

It’s Not Just the Cops—Racism Is a Problem for the Secret Service, Too

As police face scrutiny over discrimination, Secret Service accused of having a similar problem
The Daily Beast -- 2014 Link to Story

The Millionaire Who Wants to Control Washington’s Weed

The state's medical-marijuana future may depend on one rich man and the legislators who support him
The Daily Beast -- 2015 Link to Story

Wine Country's Nuclear Threat

A nuclear facility in Washington state is one natural disaster away from Fukushima 2.0
The Daily Beast -- 2015 Link to Story


Bill Conroy

Bill Conroy is an investigative journalist who has focused on the drug war; law-enforcement corruption; and national-security issues for the past 18 years, most of that time as a correspondent for an online nonprofit publication called Narco News. He is currently the managing editor of Seattle Business Magazine. Previously, he worked for two decades as the editor in chief of a business weekly in San Antonio, Texas, which is part of the national American City Business Journal chain.

Conroy has decades of reporting, writing, editing and newsroom management experience. He also has extensive experience working across multiple beats and content platforms — including daily, weekly, online, print, social media as well as experience on-air (radio and TV) and in overseeing photography, audio and video projects. These skills have been honed through his work as a business journalist and as an investigative reporter focused on both public- and private-sector story projects.

Conroy has worked as a journalist in five U.S. states over the past three decades and served for 20 years as the Editor-in-Chief of the San Antonio Business Journal — where he managed and coached a staff of as many as 11 journalists and a pool of more than a dozen freelance writers. His work for Narco News over the past 10 years has been pursued on his own time on a freelance basis.

In addition to his professional journalism experience, Conroy earned a Master of Arts degree in mass communications with a journalism emphasis from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., which he attended on a research scholarship.



  • Investigative Journalism
  • Newsroom Management
  • Editing and Reporting
  • Research
  • The wisdom that comes with age