Don't mean not to give you a chance to look into this but here is what I did by modifying the exports-and-reports.php file directly:
$has_full_access = current_user_can('exports_reports_full_access');
if (!$has_full_access && current_user_can('level_2'))
$has_full_access = true;
I changed 'administrator' to 'level_2' to give menu access to editors and authors but now they can also have full access to groups, reports, etc; so this is where I am stuck. I suppose the role-based access configured via the admin panel should some how save customized setting automatically versus what I am doing here which is hard-coding.