John Temple takes reins as new IRP director

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John Temple, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editor and journalism innovator, has become the new director of the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley.

Temple joined the IRP in 2016 as managing editor and during the past year has worked with its founder, Lowell Bergman, to position the organization to thrive in coming years.

Bergman, the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism, will continue to work closely with Temple as a member of the IRP’s leadership team. Now, after stepping down as director, Bergman will dedicate more time to building the IRP’s new nonprofit production company, Investigative Reporting Productions, Inc. (INC)

Temple is an associate adjunct professor at the Journalism School and will oversee the editorial and educational operations of the IRP, including its fellowship program, annual Logan Symposium on Investigative Reporting, and Professional Workshops for Independent Filmmakers. He also serves on INC’s board. 

Temple has a long track record as a leader of news organizations, including as editor, president, and publisher of the Rocky Mountain News, which won four Pulitzers under his direction. He has also served as the managing editor of The Washington Post, president, audience and products, of First Look Media, and founding editor of Honolulu Civil Beat.

“I feel privileged to be part of the IRP and UC Berkeley,” Temple said. “I believe deeply in the mission of the program. Lowell has built something special in the IRP, and I’m honored to have his trust leading its educational work, as well as creating and shaping its journalism.”

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