Logan Distinguished Professor of Investigative Reporting
Lowell Bergman is a producer and correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline, and is the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Professor of Investigative Reporting at the Graduate School of Journalism where he has taught a seminar dedicated to investigative reporting for more than 20 years.
Bergman began his career with the alternative press as a freelancer for Ramparts magazine and as an editor at Rolling Stone. He co-founded the Center for Investigative Reporting in 1977, and soon after joined ABC News where he eventually became director of investigative reporting and an original producer at 20/20. In 1983, Bergman joined 60 Minutes, where over the course of 14 years he produced more than 50 segments, including stories on organized crime, arms and drug trafficking, terrorism and corporate crime. His 60 Minutes investigation of the tobacco industry was dramatized in the Academy Award-nominated feature film The Insider.
In 1998, Bergman forged a unique collaboration between The New York Times and PBS Frontline, to co-report stories for print and broadcast with the participation of graduate students. The teams produced stories on corruption in Mexico, the East Africa bombings, Enron’s role in the California energy crisis, the credit card business and a series on the roots of 9/11, as well as subsequent stories on the terrorist threat inside the United States and Europe.
In 2004, Bergman received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, awarded to The New York Times for “A Dangerous Business,” which detailed a foundry company’s egregious worker safety and environmental violations. The documentary also received every major broadcasting award. Bergman was a New York Times correspondent until 2008.
Bergman has received numerous Emmy’s, as well as five Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University silver and golden Baton awards, three Peabodys, a Polk Award, a Sidney Hillman award for labor reporting, the Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism and the James Madison Freedom of Information Award for Career Achievement from The Society of Professional Journalists. In September 2009, Bergman was named one of the 30 most notable investigative reporters in the U.S. since World War I in George Washington University’s Encyclopedia of Journalism.
Bergman graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1966 and was a graduate fellow in philosophy at the University of California, San Diego until 1970.
Lowell Bergman has lived for nearly 40 years in Berkeley, California. He is married to Ms. Sharon Tiller, the Director of Digital Media at the Center for Investigative Reporting. The couple has five children and six grandchildren.
Matt Isaacs is a staff reporter at the Investigative Reporting Program. He has been writing about the intersection of international business and politics for more than 16 years. He has served as projects editor for the San Francisco Examiner and as a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting, PBS Frontline and the SF Weekly.
Tim McGirk is a former bureau chief and war correspondent for Time, who has covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the hunt for al-Qaeda. He also worked as a foreign correspondent in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and Latin America for Time and prior to that for the British daily The Independent. McGirk was the recipient of the Henry Luce Award for Reporting and, in the U.K., the Foreign Press Association’s 2006 Print Story of the Year award for his investigation into the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians by U.S. Marines at Haditha, Iraq, and the U.S. military’s subsequent cover-up.