Announcements

Former IRP Fellow Delivers TED Talk

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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.

IRP Responds to Frontline

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.

2015-16 Mark Felt Scholarship Winners

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.

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Lowell Bergman Speaks at Flagler College

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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

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Bergman Speaks at Logan Symposium UK

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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

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Actress Eva Longoria Cites IRP Doc

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

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CA Gov. Signs Bill to Fight Sexual Harassment of Farmworkers

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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 toRape 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

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Abbie VanSickle Joins IRP as Reporter

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

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“Rape in the Fields” Documentary Nominated for Emmy

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.

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Reporting

IRP Documentary “Rape on the Night Shift” Airs June 23 on PBS

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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.

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J-School Students Report on Vaccine Backlash in Pakistan

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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.

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The Brief Life and Private Death of Alexandria Hill

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.

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Vaccinators Under the Gun in Pakistan

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.

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The $1.3 Billion Highway in Kosovo

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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.

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Deadly Helicopter Crashes

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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.

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Startling Gun Violence Fact: Suicide More Likely Than Homicide

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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.

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Stickup Kid

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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.

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Iguala: Unofficial History

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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.

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Death and Corruption in Mexico

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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.

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Firestone and the Warlord

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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.

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The Contestant

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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.

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Rare Illness in California Afflicts Children With Polio-Like Symptoms

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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.

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Expensive Renovations at Mexico’s Presidential Home

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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.

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The Loneliest Man in Greece

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2011-12 IRP fellow Chanan Tigay writes about the central figure in Greece’s economic maelstrom in this New Yorker piece.

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