PROFILE

Viveca Novak

Viveca Novak

Viveca Novak is an award-winning journalist who has worked at TIME magazine, The Wall Street Journal and McClatchy Newspapers, among other publications. She spent most of her career as an investigative reporter and editor covering law (including the Justice Department and Supreme Court), politics and homeland security.

She’s also very familiar with the triumphs and struggles of worthy nonprofits, having been the deputy director of FactCheck.org and the editorial and communications director of OpenSecrets.org. Currently, Viveca is working on several writing projects and is a contributing editor with Georgetown University’s Free Speech Project.

Washington has been home to Viveca for most of her life — she was born in the city, grew up in Arlington, VA, and now resides in Bethesda, MD. For many of those years, one wouldn’t think of swimming in the Potomac. She’s dedicated now to helping make sure the river is a source of pride.

Viveca graduated from the University of Virginia, majoring in Foreign Affairs, and has a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism. She also completed a fellowship for journalists at Yale Law School.

Board Member since 2024.

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