Adam Zoll

Director, Investigations

After more than two decades as a reporter and editor for some of the country’s best-known media and financial organizations, Adam Zoll now applies his research and writing expertise to Hillard Heintze’s Investigations Practice. Through public records research and analysis, and utilizing a wide variety of research tools and databases, he serves clients ranging from global companies and law firms to religious organizations and high-net worth families.

Adam’s career track record reflects his firm belief in the importance of seeking out the truth, no matter how complex or hidden it may be. Complementing his pursuit of this goal is his ability to communicate and organize high-level information and concepts in ways that make them accessible to non-expert audiences.

Prior to joining Hillard Heintze, Adam worked as an editor for Morningstar, a global investment research firm, where he wrote articles on investing and personal finance for the company’s flagship website and its audience of individual investors. While at Morningstar his work on various investing-related topics was cited regularly in the Wall Street Journal and many financial websites and blogs.

Before that Adam spent nine years as an editor in the Chicago Tribune’s informational graphics department, where he researched and wrote informational graphics for some of the paper’s most high-profile stories, with an emphasis on national and international news and investigative series. Areas of focus during his time included the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, political upheaval in the Middle East, the national budget and national debt, and nuclear proliferation. Some of Adam’s work for the Tribune won awards from the Society for News Design and the Malofiej World Infographics Awards.

Adam’s reporting work also has appeared in a variety of other publications, including Newsweek and the Seattle Times. He also has worked in the reference publishing industry, serving as a news editor for the website of Encyclopedia Britannica and editing history and geography articles for Microsoft’s Encarta Encyclopedia.

Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Boston University. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, teaching students the basics of information gathering, sourcing, interviewing, social media and journalism ethics.

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