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.
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 scholar, 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.
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, IRP fellow Emad Mekay (2012-2013) 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.
IRP fellow Emad Mekay (2012-2013) reports on the US money trail to Egyptian groups in this feature for Al Jazeera.
IRP fellow Antonia Juhasz (2012-2013) reports on the BP oil spill four years later in this piece for Harper’s.
IRP fellow Chanan Tigay (2011-2012) writes about the central figure in Greece’s economic maelstrom in this New Yorker piece.