Behind the Scenes at The Street Sweeper

Melissa Davis, senior editor of The Street Sweeper and a member of The Street Sweeper expert advisory board, is an award-winning journalist who has displayed a keen eye for fraud during her long and decorated professional career. Davis spent the past seven years as one of the top investigative reporters at, a premiere financial news site led by celebrity stock picker Jim Cramer. While there, she regularly uncovered “red flags” at publicly traded companies long before the stocks took a hit. She won the respect of both seasoned investors and fellow reporters along the way. The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) ultimately recognized her accomplishments with a prestigious “Best in Business” award for online enterprise reporting. In the past, both the Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press have given her top honors for her business coverage as well. Davis can be reached by sending an email to
Hunter Adams, a member of the expert advisory board for The Street Sweeper, understands stock manipulation firsthand.  Adams entered the securities industry 15 years ago with a focus on high-risk penny stocks.  He quickly became an expert at establishing shell corporations, executing reverse mergers and selling both equity and convertible debt in speculative small-cap companies.  His career ended in 2001, when government investigators accused him of manipulating worthless penny stocks.  He pled guilty to two conspiracy charges -- for securities fraud and money laundering -- and served time in prison for his crimes.  Years later, he pled guilty to racketeering charges, fully cooperated with the government and accepted full responsibility for his actions.  Today, he has embraced a life of reform and now hopes to help protect the public by exposing others who tread in the same murky waters he once swam in. To contact him directly, please send an email to

Sonya Colberg joined TheStreetSweeper in early 2012 as a senior investigative reporter after racking up an impressive pile of journalism awards for her past work at two major daily newspapers. Last year, for example, Colberg won top honors – recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press alike – for her performance in the tough investigative reporting field. During her long and decorated career, she has walked away with major prizes for her in-depth coverage of business and healthcare as well. A fearless reporter with incredible writing skills, Colberg has now teamed up with Melissa Davis – another award-winning journalist who serves as senior editor of TheStreetSweeper – to deliver hard-hitting coverage of risky stocks to the investment community. 

James Welsh, a veteran journalist who joined TheStreetSweeper in 2010, is the key reporter charged with writing news summaries of fraud-related stories for the popular “Top 10” list featured in the “Street Patrol” section of this website. Welsh has enjoyed a long and decorated career – exposing everything from white-collar crime rings in Florida to public corruption in southern California – as an investigative reporter focused primarily on the business arena. He previously served as a bureau chief and financial columnist for the award-winning Times-Picayune of New Orleans and has written articles for several other publications, including Investor’s Business Daily, as well. Over the years, his work has garnered numerous awards from the likes of the Associated Press Managing Editors Association, the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, the Alliance for Good Government and the California Bar Association.  

Robert J. Hantman, (, media counsel for The Street Sweeper, has made a name for himself representing major clients involved in the entertainment industry. His New York-based law firm, Hantman & Associates, has successfully handled lawsuits or resolved cases involving (among others): the New York Yankees, Steven Seagal, Danny DeVito, Al Pacino, Anna Nicole Smith, Pro Elite, Fabio, Montel Williams, the New York City Business Integrity Commission, and The Los Angeles Times. His firm also won the largest private defamation verdict ever recorded in New Jersey history.