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.
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 2008-2009 fellowship awarded to Jonathan Jones, an alum of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
IRP fellow Sam Kennedy (2008-2009) 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, IRP fellow Daniel Alarcón (2012-2013) 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 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.