Megan Lucero, director of the Bureau Local, is a bundle of energy. She barely pauses for breath as she describes her team’s “mission”, which is, in essence, to reverse the decline of investigative journalism at a local level across the UK.
A tall order, then, but it is a mission that Lucero, 30, believes can succeed. Born and raised in California, she came to the UK to take a master’s in international journalism at City University and landed a job as the first ever data editor at the Times and Sunday Times straight afterwards. She left to join the Bureau Local when it opened in March 2017 and you get the feeling that if anyone can make it work, it is her.