A California judge has ordered casino mogul Steve Wynn to pay $390,000 in attorneys’ fees to hedge fund manager James Chanos. Wynn had sued Chanos for libel for comments he made about Macau’s casino industry at the Logan Symposium in Investigative Reporting at UC Berkeley in April 2014. The suit was dismissed last March.
Mexican investigative reporter and IRP Fellow Anabel Hernández is quoted extensively in this New Yorker piece about the 43 students who disappeared in Iguala last September.
Former IRP Fellow Trevor Aaronson gives a TED Talk on how the FBI is responsible for more terrorism plots in the U.S. than any other organization. Aaronson began research on this topic during his 2010-11 fellowship at the IRP.
Ryan Gabrielson, an IRP fellow in 2009-10, shares a Livingston Award for national reporting for an investigation on the lax regulation of armed security guards. More info
Hernandez tells The Huffington Post about the misconceptions surrounding Mexico’s drug war. Full story
If you missed the 9th annual Logan Symposium or want to see the panels again, you can now view them online here.
In response to the statement from Frontline on “Bigger Than Vegas” posted on their website on April 25, 2015, The Investigative Reporting Program at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley has already stated publicly that disagreements occur in this business, and we disagree.
The journalism we provided to Frontline on this story was solid as well as carefully reviewed. There were no errors. It was no different in quality from many stories we have done for Frontline and that they then aired.
The reporting on this story has not ended because Frontline decided not to broadcast. The team that reported this story continues to develop new information and to follow up on new developments. We have already begun to publish in another venue, and will continue to report on this story in print and broadcast. We think the public interest demands it.
The IRP is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015-16 Mark Felt Scholarships for students who intend to specialize in investigative reporting during their second year. They are: Brett Murphy, Alyssa Perry, Nadine Sebai, Jimmy Tobias and Parker Yesko.
Lowell Bergman delivered the keynote address at Communication Week, an annual event at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida for students of journalism, media production, public relations and other fields on Sunday, March 8. More info
A federal judge dismisses a libel lawsuit against Jim Chanos, who was sued for remarks he made at the 2014 Logan Symposium. More info
IRP Director Lowell Bergman remembers the legendary career of CBS News correspondent Bob Simon, who died Wednesday in a car accident in New York City. More info
IRP Fellow Anabel Hernandez was interviewed for a story on NBC Nightly News about the 43 missing students in Mexico. More info
A federal judge throws out a defamation lawsuit against investor James Chanos for comments he made about Macau gambling operators during the IRP’s Logan Symposium in April. More info
IRP Director Lowell Bergman addressed the inaugural Logan Symposium in London on Dec. 5. The three-day event was organized by the Centre for Investigative Journalism (UK) and marked the international expansion of the IRP’s annual Logan Symposium in Investigative Reporting held at UC Berkeley since 2007. More info
In an op-ed piece for the Huffington Post on the unfair treatment of farm workers, actress Eva Longoria mentions the PBS Frontline documentary “Rape in the Fields,” co-produced and reported by UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program. More info
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that aims to combat the sexual harassment of the state’s farmworkers. The bill was introduced in response to “Rape in the Fields,” a collaboration among The Center for Investigative Reporting, the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, KQED-FM, PBS Frontline and Univision. More info
Former IRP fellow (2010-2011) Trevor Aaronson has been named executive director of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. He will start his new position Oct. 1. More info
Abbie VanSickle has joined the IRP as a reporter, beginning September 22, 2014. VanSickle started her journalism career at the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times), where she covered crime and breaking news for four years. Full bio
The PBS Frontline documentary “Rape in the Fields,” co-produced and reported by UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program (IRP), has been nominated for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Investigative Journalism (long-form) category. This year’s winners will be announced on Sept. 30.
A KQED radio story titled, “Farmworkers Face Sexual Harassment,” won first place for Public Radio News Directors Inc. award in the enterprise/investigative large newsrooms category.
In an article for the Huffington Post, IRP Fellows Anabel Hernández and Steve Fisher report that a new witness is calling into question the government’s narrative of what happened to 43 students last September.
Our newest documentary “Rape on the Night Shift” airs on Univision on Saturday, June 20 and on PBS Frontline on Tuesday, June 23. The IRP teams up again with Frontline, Univision, The Center for Investigative Reporting, and KQED – this time to examine rampant sexual abuse of immigrant women in the janitorial industry.
In this story for Fusion, IRP Fellow Steve Fisher investigates how companies are illegally dumping toxic chemicals into a river in Mexico.
The IRP contributes reporting to a story on billionaire gaming magnate and influential Republican donor Sheldon Adelson, which aired on “Meet the Press” in May.
The IRP contributed to reporting in this Guardian story about billionaire gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson, who testified in Las Vegas in a case brought by a former casino executive.
The IRP’s Lowell Bergman, Matt Isaacs and Simon Marks, in collaboration with The Guaridan’s James Ball and Harry Davies, report on how U.S. casino groups made their billions against Macau’s seamy backdrop of triads, vice and corruption.
Under the direction of the IRP, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism student Alexander Mullaney (IRP Mark Felt Scholarship recipient) and Syeda Amna Hassan (J-School alum 2013) report on how a Pakistani doctor unwittingly fueled suspicions about efforts to fight polio, in this article for National Geographic. This is the second installment in a four-part series on polio.
In an article for Mother Jones magazine, 2013-14 IRP Fellow Brian Joseph investigates how the financial incentives of private foster care agencies tasked with screening and monitoring foster parents contribute to the abuse and neglect of vulnerable children nationwide.
IRP Managing Editor Tim McGirk, with help from students at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, investigates how volunteers fighting polio became the hunted in Pakistan in this piece for National Geographic. This is the first installment in a four-part series on polio.
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism student Jason Paladino continues reporting on a crash-prone helicopter in an ongoing collaboration between the IRP, The Virginian-Pilot and NBC News.
IRP/CIR Reporter Abbie VanSickle reports on the lack of good statistics on how many people law enforcement officers kill each year.
In an article for Foreign Policy magazine, 2013-14 IRP Fellow Matthew Brunwasser reports on how mega-contractor Bechtel sold one of Europe’s poorest countries a $1.3 billion highway that is barely being used.
As part of her ongoing look at gun violence, IRP/CIR reporter Abbie VanSickle finds that 2014 was not an unusually deadly year for law enforcement officers.
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism student Jason Paladino contributed to a Virginian-Pilot investigation of a helicopter with one of the highest rates of deadly crashes in the armed services. The story is a collaboration with the IRP and NBC News.
IRP/CIR Reporter Abbie VanSickle writes about a new study that finds suicides account for nearly two-thirds of deaths from firearms. VanSickle is part of a team of reporters at the Center for Investigative Reporting who are examining the role of guns and gun violence in America.
What happens when we lock up juvenile offenders in adult prisons? “Stickup Kid,” a PBS Frontline digital exclusive by 2013-2014 IRP fellow Caitlin McNally tells the story of Alonza Thomas, who was sent to adult prison in California at age 16.
In this investigative report for Mexico’s leading news magazine Proceso, IRP fellows Anabel Hernandez and Steve Fisher uncover official documents, videos and testimonials that tell a different story of the attack on those students in Iguala.
The fate of 43 missing students and a property scandal reveal the emptiness of the Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto’s rhetoric on reform, writes IRP fellow Anabel Hernández in this piece for The Guardian.
What are the costs of doing business in a war zone? On Nov. 18, 2014, PBS Frontline and ProPublica investigate the relationship between Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. The story originated at the IRP as part of a 2008-09 fellowship awarded to Jonathan Jones, an alum of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
2008-09 IRP fellow Sam Kennedy reports on how the Pennsylvania utility commission disposes of safety violations through negotiated settlements, in this story for The Morning Call (Allentown, PA).
In a story for The California Sunday Magazine, 2012-13 IRP fellow Daniel Alarcón writes about a teen from the outskirts of Lima, Peru, who became an overnight sensation on a hit TV game show, then disappeared.
Jake Nicol and Sally Schilling, students at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, shot a news video on a polio-like illness in California for National Geographic. Nicol, who is a Mark Felt scholarship recipient, also wrote the accompanying story. This is the first in a series of articles and videos on the global battle against polio for National Geographic that received guidance from the IRP.
2014-15 IRP fellow Anabel Hernández reports on the high cost of remodeling the Mexican presidential residence “Los Pinos” in this story that appeared in the September 14, 2014 issue of Mexico’s leading magazine Proceso.
In the September issue of Harper’s, 2012-13 IRP fellow Emad Mekay examines how the State Department had its hand in the 9/11/12 riots outside the American embassy in Cairo.
IRP producer Zachary Stauffer reports on the NCAA images lawsuit as part of PBS Frontline‘s ongoing coverage of the big business of college sports.
2012-13 IRP fellow Emad Mekay reports on the US money trail to Egyptian groups in this feature for Al Jazeera.
2012-13 IRP fellow Antonia Juhasz reports on the BP oil spill four years later in this piece for Harper’s.
2011-12 IRP fellow Chanan Tigay writes about the central figure in Greece’s economic maelstrom in this New Yorker piece.