TBI Media Contacts

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Josh DeVine

Public Information Officer
Middle/East Tennessee (Nashville/Chattanooga/Cookeville)
(615) 744-4295 | Email Josh | On Twitter

PIO Josh DeVineJosh DeVine joined the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as a Public Information Officer at Headquarters in Nashville in March 2014. His main duties include handling the numerous, day-to-day media inquiries for the Bureau, issuing news releases, serving as Spokesperson, special projects, and oversight of TBI's social media efforts and website.

Josh joined the TBI after a career in television news, which included stops in Clarksburg, West Virginia (near his hometown) and Flint, Michigan. In 2009, Josh landed in Nashville, where he worked for more than five years as a Reporter at the NBC affiliate. During his time there, Josh earned Emmy awards for his coverage of the murder of former Tennessee Titan Steve McNair, along with the historic 2010 floods in Middle Tennessee.

Josh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Communication from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He also holds a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

In his spare time, Josh and his wife, Lauren, enjoy Nashville’s coffee and food scene. Josh also is an avid, albeit a slow, runner.

Susan Niland

Public Information Officer
Middle/East Tennessee (Nashville/Chattanooga/Cookeville)
(615) 744-4066 | Email Susan | On Twitter

PIO Susan NilandSusan Niland joined the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as a Public Information Officer at Headquarters in Nashville in August 2014. Her main duties include handling the numerous, day-to-day media inquiries for the Bureau, issuing news releases, serving as Spokesperson, Top 10 additions and captures, and publishing the Bureau’s internal newsletter, “TBI Insider.”

Susan joined the TBI after nine years as Communications Director for the Davidson County District Attorney General. A native of Indiana, she also worked in television news for several years, as a reporter, anchor, producer, and photographer in Lafayette, IN, Greenville, MS, and Jackson, MS, before coming to Tennessee and working in Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville. While in Nashville, Susan earned an Emmy award for work on an investigation into the Feed the Children charity.

During her time at Nashville’s CBS affiliate, Susan attended law school at night and graduated and passed the bar in 2001.

Outside of work, Susan enjoys travel and local music concerts, but her main passion is fostering homeless dogs for a local rescue organization.

Leslie Earhart

Public Information Officer
Upper East Tennessee (Knoxville/Johnson City)
(423) 434-6424 | Email Leslie | On Twitter

PIO Leslie EarhartLeslie joined the TBI's Public Information Office in July 2016 after serving five years as a Deputy and Public Information Officer for the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office. She graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in 2011. Based in Johnson City, Leslie handles media and public affairs for the 21 counties in TBI's Upper East region.

Prior to her law enforcement career, Leslie worked as a reporter at the NBC affiliate in Bristol, Virginia.

Leslie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from East Tennessee State University.

In her spare time, Leslie enjoys traveling with her husband Will. She also loves hiking and spending time with her two dogs. Leslie also volunteers for the SBK Animal Center in an effort to increase adoption rates and inform the public about issues surrounding homeless animals in the Tri-Cities region.

Micheal Jones

Public Information Officer
West Tennessee (Memphis/Jackson)
Email Micheal | On Twitter

PIO Leslie EarhartMicheal joined the TBI's Public Information Office in September 2017 after serving as the Director of Communications and Public Information Officer for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS). Micheal handles media and public affairs for the 21 counties in TBI's West region.

Prior to joining the TBI, Micheal held several positions with TDMHSAS including Director of Communications, Assistant Director of Legislation, and Executive Assistant to the Commissioner. Micheal also worked for the Tennessee Department of Revenue as a Revenue Enforcement Officer in the Tax Enforcement Division.

Micheal earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from Nashville School of Law in May of 2016 and has been a licensed attorney in Tennessee since October 2016. Micheal received his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2012, where he majored in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science. 

Micheal is the proud father of two children and enjoys spending time with his family. Micheal is also an avid outdoorsman and his leisure time is filled with hunting and fishing activities.