Leonora LaPeter Anton
Leonora LaPeter Anton is a reporter for the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has worked for five newspapers, including the Island Packet on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, the Tallahassee Democrat in Tallahassee and the Savannah Morning News in Savannah, Georgia. For the last 17 years, she has worked at the Times, where she has written stories on homelessness, poverty, the environment, sexual abuse in the military, suicide, drug addiction and the death penalty. In 2016, Anton and two of her colleagues won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for the series “Insane. Invisible. In Danger.” about violence inside Florida’s mental hospitals.
Madeleine Baran is a Peabody-Award winning investigative reporter for APM Reports, a national investigative team at American Public Media. Her work focuses on holding powerful people and institutions accountable. Baran is the lead reporter and host of In the Dark, an investigative podcast about the Jacob Wetterling case. In 2013 and 2014, Baran exposed a decades-long cover-up of clergy sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Her reporting has also appeared on NPR and has been cited by the New York Times. Baran has received numerous national awards for her reporting, including an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, a Gracie Award, two national Sigma Delta Chi awards and a national Edward R. Murrow Award. She received her master’s degree in Journalism and French Studies from New York University. Baran was hired by Minnesota Public Radio News in 2009, and she joined APM Reports in 2015.
Shane Bauer is a senior reporter at Mother Jones and recipient of numerous awards, including the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism and the Society of Professional Journalists Norcal’s Journalist of the Year award. Bauer took a job as a prison guard to investigate corporate-run prisons and one month after his story was published in 2016, the Department of Justice announced it would discontinue its use of private prisons. The same year, Bauer went undercover with a right wing militia operating on the US-Mexico border. He is the co-author, with Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal, of “A Sliver of Light,” a memoir of his two years as a prisoner in Iran.
Carroll Bogert (moderator)
Carroll Bogert is president of The Marshall Project. Bogert was previously deputy executive director at Human Rights Watch, running its award-winning global media operations. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 1998, Bogert spent twelve years as a foreign correspondent for Newsweek in China, Southeast Asia, and the Soviet Union.
Ailsa Chang (moderator)
Ailsa Chang is an award-winning journalist who covers Congress for NPR. She landed in public radio after spending six years as a lawyer. Since joining NPR in 2012, Chang has covered battles over immigration, the healthcare law, gun control and White House appointments. She crisscrossed the country in the months before the Republican takeover of the Senate, bringing stories about Washington from the Deep South, Southwest and New England. Chang started out as a radio reporter in 2009, and has since earned a string of national awards for her work. In 2012, she was honored with the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton for her investigation on the New York City Police Department’s “stop-and-frisk” policy and allegations of unlawful marijuana arrests by officers. The series also earned honors from Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Susanne Craig is an investigative reporter for The New York Times and has been covering Donald Trump since January 2016. Sue joined The Times in 2010 and has covered an array of topics for the paper, including Wall Street and city and state government. She is the reporter who received portions of his 1995 tax returns in her mailbox. Craig is Canadian and has also worked at The Wall Street Journal and The Globe & Mail.
Chris Davis is vice president of investigative reporting at USA TODAY NETWORK. Before that, he was editor of the Tampa Bay Times, where he led three Pulitzer Prize-winning projects, including the most recent winners for Local Reporting and for Investigative Reporting (in conjunction with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune). Davis started at the Times as senior investigations editor, consolidating the newspaper’s investigative reporters onto a single I-team. As deputy managing editor of investigations and data, he then helped create the newspaper’s first data team – a seven-member group of computer programmers and data analysts embedded in the newsroom. Prior to joining the Times, he served as an editor at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, he wrote or edited an additional two Pulitzer finalists, plus the 2011 Investigative Reporting winner.
Stephen Engelberg is editor in chief of ProPublica. He worked previously as ProPublica’s managing editor and as amanaging editor of The Oregonian in Portland, Oregon, where he supervised investigative projects and news coverage. Before that, Engelberg worked for 18 years at The New York Times as an editor and reporter, founding the paper’s investigative unit and serving as a reporter in Washington, D.C. and Warsaw. Engelberg shared in two George Polk Awards for reporting: the first, in 1989, for articles on nuclear proliferation; the second, in 1994, for articles on U.S. immigration. A group of articles he co-authored in 1995 on an airplane crash was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. Projects he supervised at the Times on Mexican corruption (published in 1997) and the rise of Al Qaeda (published beginning in January 2001) were awarded the Pulitzer Prize. During his years at The Oregonian, the paper won the Pulitzer for breaking news and was finalist for its investigative work on methamphetamines and charities intended to help the disabled. He is the co-author of “Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War” (2001).
David A. Fahrenthold is a national political reporter for The Washington Post. A native of Houston, Texas, Fahrenthold has been at the Post since 2000. Before joining the politics desk, he had covered the environment, the D.C. police and New England.
Matt Hale is an associate professor and MPA Program Chair for the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Seton Hall University. His research focuses on the intersection of media and technology and the public and nonprofit sectors. His articles have appeared in The International Journal of Press Politics, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Mass Communication Society and the Stanford Law Policy Review. Hale is a frequent media commentator and pundit on New Jersey and national politics. Prior to coming to Seton Hall, Hale worked with Marty Kaplan and the Norman Lear Center as the director of their Local News Archive project. This project produced a number of highly regarded research papers and reports on how local television news covers politics and other issues.
James Jones is an award-winning British documentary-maker. He has tackled difficult subjects like suicide in the military (“Broken by Battle”) and homelessness (“Britain’s Hidden Housing Crisis”), and focused on some of the world’s most dangerous and secretive places like North Korea (“The Secret State of North Korea”), Gaza (“Children of the Gaza War”) and more recently, Saudi Arabia (“Saudi Arabia Uncovered”). His films have won an Emmy, a DuPont, a Grierson, a Rory Peck Award and been nominated four times at the BAFTAs. His most recent work is the critically-acclaimed feature-length documentary, “Unarmed Black Male,” which tells the story of a police shooting in America.
Suki Kim is a South Korean-born, American investigative journalist and a novelist and the only writer ever to go live undercover in North Korea. She is the author of the bestselling literary investigative nonfiction, “Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea’s Elite.” Her first novel, The Interpreter, was a finalist for a PEN Hemingway Prize, and her articles and essays have appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, New York Review of Books, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Nation, Slate and The New Republic, where she is a contributing editor. She is the recipient of Guggenheim, Fulbright and George Soros Open Society Fellowships. Kim’s 2015 TED Talk has since drawn millions of viewers online.
Brian Knappenberger is an award-winning filmmaker whose most recent film, “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press,” premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. His previous film, “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz,” won the Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Documentary Screenplay. His other work includes: “We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists” about the online hacktivist non-group Anonymous; the award-winning documentary series Truth And Power; and numerous other investigative documentaries for PBS, Pivot, Bloomberg Television, National Geographic, and The Discovery Channel
Tracie McMillan is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table.” Mixing immersive reporting and undercover investigative techniques, McMillan’s book argues for thinking of fresh, healthy food as a public and social good. The book was awarded the Sidney Hillman Prize for Book Journalism, a James Beard Journalism Award and an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, among other honors. McMillan is a staff blogger at “The Plate,” National Geographic‘s blog covering food issues. She is a former Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan and a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.
Jerry Mitchell is an investigative reporter at The Clarion-Ledger, a newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi. Since 1989, when Mitchell was inspired by the film Mississippi Burning to investigate civil rights cold cases, his work has helped put four Klansmen behind bars, including Byron De La Beckwith for the 1963 assassination of NAACP leader Medgar Evers, and Bobby Cherry, for the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church that killed four girls. He has helped catch a serial killer and his latest work has exposed corruption, horrific conditions and guards aiding gang killings inside Mississippi’s prisons. For his work on cold cases, Mitchell has received more than 30 national awards. In 2006, the Pulitzer Board named him a Pulitzer Prize finalist, praising him “for his relentless and masterly stories on the successful prosecution of a man accused of orchestrating the killing of three civil rights workers in 1964.” After winning the prestigious George Polk Award for a second time, Mitchell received a MacArthur “genius” grant — only the second investigative reporter to ever receive the $500,000 award.
Timothy L. O’Brien is the executive editor of Bloomberg View and Bloomberg Gadfly, Bloomberg News’ platforms for analysis and opinion about business, markets, politics, international affairs, finance and the most seminal news events of the day. Prior to joining Bloomberg in 2013, O’Brien was the executive editor of The Huffington Post, where he helped oversee a newsroom of more than 400 editors and reporters. He conceived, edited and oversaw a ten-part series about wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan for which The HuffPost won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. Before O’Brien joined the HuffPost in 2011, he edited and oversaw the Sunday Business section of The New York Times from 2006 to 2010. O’Brien was previously a staff writer for The New York Times, covering international finance, geopolitics, media, technology and a wide array of other business topics. He previously worked for The Wall Street Journal and National Geographic. O’Brien is the author of three books. The most recent, “The Lincoln Conspiracy,” was published by Random House in 2012. He is also the author of “TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald,” and “Bad Bet: The Inside Story of the Glamour, Glitz, and Danger of America’s Gambling Industry.”
Harriet Ryan is an investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the paper in 2008, she has written about high-profile people, including Phil Spector, Michael Jackson and Britney Spears, and institutions, including the Catholic Church, the Kabbalah Centre and Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin. She previously worked at Court TV and the Asbury Park Press. She is a graduate of Columbia University.
Sam Sanders (moderator)
Sam Sanders is a reporter and podcast host at NPR. Most recently, as a key member of NPR’s election unit, he covered the intersection of culture, pop culture, and politics in the 2016 election, and embedded with the Bernie Sanders campaign for several months. He was also one of the original cohosts of NPR’s Politics Podcast, which launched in 2015. Now, he is hard at work on a new project: a news and pop culture podcast for NPR, set to launch in 2017 Sanders joined NPR in 2009 as a Kroc Fellow, and since then has worn many hats within the organization, including field producer and breaking news reporter. He’s spent time at three member stations as well: WUNC in North Carolina, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and WBUR in Boston, as an intern for “On Point with Tom Ashbrook.”
Hari Sreenivasan (moderator)
Hari Sreenivasan joined the PBS NewsHour in 2009. He is the anchor of PBS NewsHour Weekend and a senior correspondent for the nightly program. Prior to joining NewsHour, he was at CBS News, reporting for the CBS Evening News, The Early Show and CBS Sunday Morning. Before that, he served as an anchor and correspondent for ABC News, working extensively on the network’s 24-hour digital service “ABC News Now.” Sreenivasan also reported for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Nightline with Ted Koppel and anchored the overnight program World News Now. Previously, he ran his own production company and freelanced as a reporter for KTVU-TV in Oakland, California. Sreenivasan served as an anchor and senior correspondent for CNET Broadcast in San Francisco and was a reporter for WNCN-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina and KAPP-TV in Yakima, Washington.
Connie Walker is an award-winning investigative journalist at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Toronto. Walker has been recognized for her work reporting on the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) in Canada. In 2016, Walker hosted the highly acclaimed eight-part podcast “Missing & Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams?,” which investigates the unsolved murder of a young Indigenous woman in northern British Columbia. Walker is Cree from the Okanese First Nation in Saskatchewan.
Nicole Young is a senior producer at the CBS Evening News and a producer for 60 Minutes, the most watched news program in America. She has been honored with ten News and Documentary Emmy Awards, three Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Awards, two Gerald Loeb Awards, two Sigma Delta Chi Awards, two National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Salute to Excellence Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, a George Polk Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award, a Gracie Award, a Media for Liberty Award, a Writer’s Guild Award and a Wilbur Award. Among Young’s most recent assignments was an interview with King Abdullah II of Jordan for the programs 49th season premiere; reporting on Syria from the front lines on the refugee crisis, the use of chemical weapons and The Syrian Civil Defense, also known as “The White Helmets”; and reporting on the famine in South Sudan..