Thomas B. Scheffey

Thomas B. Scheffey, vice president of CCFOI, is a journalist and lawyer with a career-long interest in upholding the public’s right to know. 

Born and raised near Philadelphia, he graduated from Reed College in Portland, OR.  He wrote for the Greenevile (TN) Daily Sun and rose to capitol bureau chief of the Kentucky Post, the bluegrass state edition of the Cincinnati Post. 

Teaming with Gary Webb, he won a national Investigative Reporters and Editors first place award for The Coal Connection, a 17-part series on organized crime, abusive tax shelters and securities scams.

He was the first reporter at the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire, which killed 165 people, and reported on its aftermath. 

After graduating from Chase law school, where he was its law review executive editor, he practiced in Philadelphia and Princeton Jct. NJ and developed housing from historic buildings.  

He joined the Hartford bureau of the Connecticut Law Tribune in 1990, covering courts and the legislature. Notably, Scheffey uncovered the secret files scandal of the courts, which, in an era of excessive secrecy, led to reforms and greater transparency, such as Connecticut’s practice of providing advance website notice of motions to seal files or close courtrooms from the public. 

He is currently a member of the CLT editorial board, a former CCFOI president, and a member of the board of the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government. Scheffey and his wife, Melissa, an accomplished fiction writer, have two grown children and two grandchildren.