Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism
Lowell Bergman is the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism where he has taught a seminar dedicated to investigative reporting for more than 20 years. He is also the coordinator of a forthcoming collaboration with Univision and PBS Frontline on a sequel to the award-winning documentary “Rape in the Fields.” He was a senior producer and consultant to PBS Frontline until 2015.
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 six 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.
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.
Andrés Cediel is a journalist and documentary producer. He co-produced The Judge and the General, which chronicled human rights cases against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. This film was nominated for an Emmy and received a duPont-Columbia Award for excellence in broadcast journalism. Cediel produced several pieces from Brazil for Frontline World. He co-produced “Post Mortem,” a collaboration between Frontline, NPR and ProPublica, which examined death investigation in America. Cediel also produced Frontline’s “The Real CSI,” a revealing look into forensic science. Most recently, Cediel produced “Rape in the Fields,” a collaboration between Frontline, Univision, the Investigative Reporting Program and the Center for Investigative Reporting, which investigated the hidden reality of rape on the job for immigrant women. Cediel graduated from Brown University and received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley.
Zachary Stauffer is a reporter, documentary producer, and director of photography at the Investigative Reporting Program. He joined the Berkeley IRP as a post-graduate fellow in 2009. Stauffer has worked on several films in Frontline’s “Post Mortem” series on death investigation as both a reporter and cinematographer, including “Post Mortem,” “The Child Cases” and “The Real CSI.” He produced “Money and March Madness” an in-depth look at the NCAA and college athletics, and was a field producer on “Murdoch’s Scandal” about the ongoing phone hacking saga at News Corporation. Stauffer received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley in 2008.
Abbie VanSickle is a reporter at the Investigative Reporting Program. She started her journalism career at the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times), where she covered crime and breaking news for four years. She has also worked as a lawyer, practicing as a public defender in Seattle and as a human rights lawyer in China. She received her law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law, and her journalism degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. From 2011 to 2012, she was a Henry Luce Scholar in Cambodia, where she worked on behalf of survivors at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.