EPK: Spotlight: Death of a Whistleblower Priest

A production of St. Michael's Media/ChurchMilitant.com




An investigation into the suspicious circumstances surrounding the 2012 death of a whistleblower priest on the verge of exposing corruption in Buffalo, New York.


On Oct. 13, 2012, Fr. Joseph Moreno was found dead in his church rectory with a gunshot wound to the head. Immediately ruled a suicide, numerous inconsistencies still surround his death, implicating a cover-up by the Church and local government. All the evidence points to one conclusion — and it's not suicide.

Technical Info

Title: Spotlight: Death of a Whistleblower Priest
Genre: Documentary
Production Year: 2020–2021
Country of Origin: USA
Language: English
Run Time: 43:18
Screen Ratio: 16X9
Sound Format: Stereo



Writer, Producer & Host: Christine Niles

With degrees from Oxford University and Notre Dame Law School, Christine draws on her legal and academic background in her investigative reporting. Her groundbreaking investigations have made her a leading voice in Catholic media exposing corruption in the Church, giving victims a voice and resulting in the arrest of predator priests and removal of bad clergy.

Christine has served as senior producer and head of Special Projects at St. Michael's Media, producing numerous Spotlights and Special Reports, including Did McCarrick Make a Murderer?; What Happened to Fr. Minkler?; The Devil in Rome; Truth-Teller — or Sociopath? and many more. Her work is highlighted in Behind the Spotlight: The Making of an Investigative Series.


Senior Executive Producer: Michael Voris

Michael Voris is the founder and President of St. Michael's Media / Church Militant. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1983 with a degree in Communications and moved into a career as television news reporter, anchor and producer, mainly with CBS News, where he received four Emmy Awards for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. He is also the recipient of numerous Associated Press awards and other broadcast media awards.

Michael graduated magna cum laude with a Sacred Theology Baccalaureate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (The Angelicum).



Editor: Andrew Vance

For nearly three decades, Andrew Vance has been producing award-winning original content for clients and his own independent programming. His projects span a wide genre of special interest programming, including outdoor adventure, travel destination, documentaries and investigative news. 

As executive producer, director, DP and editor, his work has been seen on broadcast and cable networks, including PBS, CBS, NBC, National Geographic, the Travel Channel and much more. His chief participation in the Church Militant series Spotlight includes responsibilities in post-production as contract episode editor and occasional duties as videographer.


Other Cast & Crew

Associate Producer: Athena Roe
Senior Production Supervisor: Charles Hornbacher
Production Supervisor: David Hejza
Studio Manager: Ryan Soules
Assistant Studio Manager: Shayne Cahill
Technical Director: J.P. Severini
Opening Sequence & Credits: Ryan Seybold