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  • Trevor Aaronson, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting


    Trevor Aaronson is co-founder and associate director of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. He was a 2010-2011 fellow at the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley. Previously, Aaronson was an investigative reporter and editor for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., and a staff writer for Miami New Times and New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Aaronson has won more than two dozen national and regional awards, including the Molly Prize and the Data Journalism Award. He expanded his 2010-2011 IRP project about the FBI’s terrorism program into a book, The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI Manufactured War on Terrorism (Ig Publishing, January 2013).

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  • Raney Aronson-Rath, PBS Frontline (moderator)


    As deputy executive producer for PBS’ flagship public affairs documentary series Frontline, Raney Aronson-Rath guides the editorial development and execution of the series, from primetime television broadcasts to multiplatform initiatives. With Executive Producer David Fanning, she oversees all phases of production and runs the daily editorial management of the series, as well as Frontline’s new monthly magazine program. Instrumental in spearheading the magazine launch, Aronson-Rath works to re-imagine long-form documentary while maintaining the excellence in journalism and production for which Frontline is known. Since joining Frontline  in 2007, Aronson-Rath has expanded the series’ reach and reporting capabilities. Under her leadership, Frontline has significantly grown its broadcast and digital audiences. Aronson-Rath has also developed and managed more than a dozen in-depth, cross-platform journalism partnerships with some of the nation’s premiere news outlets, including ProPublica, American Public Media’s Marketplace, PBS NewsHour, CBC Television and most recently ESPN.  Before helping to manage the series, Aronson-Rath produced, directed and wrote several award-winning Frontline films, including “News War,” “The Last Abortion Clinic” and “The Jesus Factor.” Prior to joining Frontline, she worked on award-winning series at ABC News, The Wall Street Journal and MSNBC. Early in her career, while living in Taipei, she was a newspaper reporter for The China Post. Aronson-Rath has a Bachelor’s degree in South Asian studies and history from the University of Wisconsin. She received her Master’s from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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  • David Barboza, The New York Times

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    David Barboza has been a correspondent for The New York Times based in Shanghai, China since November 2004. He writes primarily for the Business section but also writes often for the culture section about art, film, television and dance in China. Barboza graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in history and attended Yale University Graduate School. He was a freelance writer and a research assistant for The New York Times before being hired in 1997 as a staff writer. For five years, he was the Midwest business correspondent based in Chicago. He also covered the Enron scandal for The Times and was part of a team that was named a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2002. In 2005, he was one of five Times reporters awarded the Gerald Loeb Award for Deadline Writing about Lenovo’s acquisition of I.B.M.’s personal computer business. He lives in Shanghai with his wife, Lynn Zhang.

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  • David Barstow, The New York Times


    David Barstow, a senior writer at The New York Times, is the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes. In 2009, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for “Message Machine,’’ his series about the Pentagon’s secret campaign to influence coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2004, he and Lowell Bergman were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for articles about employers who committed egregious work place safety violations that killed or injured hundreds of American workers. Barstow joined The Times in 1999 as a reporter on the Metro Desk, and he has been a member of the newsroom’s investigative unit since 2002. He is also the recipient of three Polk Awards, the Goldsmith Prize, the Alfred I. duPont Silver Baton, and the Barlett and Steele Gold Medal. Prior to joining The New York Times, Barstow worked at The St. Petersburg Times in Florida, where he was a finalist for three Pulitzer Prizes. Before that, he worked at the Rochester Times-Union in upstate New York and the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Wisconsin. Barstow, a native of Concord, Mass., is a graduate of Northwestern University, which honored him with an Alumni Award in 2010.

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  • Andrew Becker, Center for Investigative Reporting


    Andrew Becker covers border and national security issues for the Center for Investigative Reporting and California Watch. His reporting has appeared in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, NPR, The New York Times, Newsweek/Daily Beast and PBS Frontline. Before joining CIR in 2008, he was a fellow at the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, where he reported on human smuggling and corruption along the Southwest U.S.-Mexico border for a joint New York Times and PBS Frontline/World production. Previously he was a reporter for the Contra Costa Times. He has also written and reported for The Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Frontline, KQED California Report, and Los Angeles magazine. He received a Master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley.

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  • Michael Berens, The Seattle Times

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    Michael J. Berens is an investigative reporter for The Seattle Times and winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. Berens previously worked on the investigative team at the Chicago Tribune and at The Columbus Dispatch, where he began at age 22 as a copy boy. Berens’ work has received dozens of national awards, including multiple honors from the National Press Club; the White House Correspondents Association; Investigative Reporters and Editors; and Associated Press Media Editors. Additionally, his work in recent years has been recognized with a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism; Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism; and Selden Ring Award for Investigative Journalism. He is a frequent journalism trainer for media-related organizations, such as NewsTrain for the Associated Press and Media Editors; Investigative Reporters and Editors; as well as the California Healthcare Foundation at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. He’s a former adjunct professor for the graduate program at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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  • Lowell Bergman, Investigative Reporting Program (moderator)


    Lowell Bergman, Director of the Investigative Reporting Program, is also a producer and correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline, and the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism. After working in the alternative press, Bergman co-founded the Center for Investigative Reporting in 1977. Soon after, he joined ABC News where he became director of investigative reporting and a producer at 20/20. In 1983, Bergman joined 60 Minutes, where over the course of 14 years he produced more than 50 segments. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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  • David Boardman, The Seattle Times


    As Executive Editor and Senior Vice President, David Boardman is responsible for the News Department of Washington state’s largest newspaper and for its website, Under his leadership, The Seattle Times won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. In previous years, Boardman directed two other projects that won Pulitzers, and 10 stories that were Pulitzer finalists. As a member of the company’s senior executive team, Boardman contributes to overall company operations, strategy and long-term planning. Before joining The Times in 1983, Boardman was a reporter and editor at several papers in the Northwest, and worked on a construction project in Liberia, West Africa. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and has a graduate degree from the University of Washington. He serves on several national boards, including the American Society of News Editors, the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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  • Phil Bronstein, Center for Investigative Reporting


    Phil Bronstein was named executive chair of the board of the Center for Investigative Reporting in April 2012, when the organization merged with The Bay Citizen. Bronstein joined the CIR board in 2006 and became board chair in 2011. He is now in charge of overall operations. Previously, Bronstein was editor-at-large and director of content development for Hearst Newspapers. Before that, he was executive vice president and editor-at-large of the San Francisco Chronicle, after serving as the newspaper’s editor from 2000 to 2008. Bronstein was editor of the San Francisco Examiner, which merged with the Chronicle in 2000, from 1991 to 2000. He started at the Examiner as a reporter in 1980, where he specialized in investigative projects and was a foreign correspondent for eight years. He was a 1986 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work in the Philippines. Before joining the Examiner, he was a reporter with public television station KQED in San Francisco. He is the former chairman of the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ International Committee and is currently on the advisory board of Litquake, the annual San Francisco literary festival.

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  • Melissa Chan, Al Jazeera English


    Melissa Chan is a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, where she is working on an online toolkit for journalists to protect their computers against hackers and safeguard communications with sources.  She was Al Jazeera English’s China correspondent for five years before her expulsion from the country in 2012.  As the channel’s China correspondent, she covered everything from the economy, domestic politics, foreign policy, the environment, social justice, labor rights, to human rights.  Her work received a number of awards, including two Human Rights Press Awards, the Asian Television Award, and a nod from the Overseas Press Club.  Her broadcast journalism experience began with internships in CNN’s Hong Kong and Havana bureaus.  Her first job was with ABC News in New York, where she eventually joined the team that produced World News Tonight.  She received her BA in History from Yale University, and her Master’s in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics.  Chan speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese.

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  • Matthew Cole, Investigative journalist

    Matthew Cole is an investigative journalist, specializing in national security and intelligence issues. Most recently, Cole worked as a television producer at ABC News’ investigative unit. There, he garnered two Emmy nominations in 2011 for his coverage of the CIA and an al-Qaeda terrorist plot. His work has aired on Good Morning America, World News Tonight and Nightline. While at ABC News, Cole broke several international stories, which include a CIA secret prison in Lithuania, and revelations that a missing Iranian nuclear scientist had in fact defected to the U.S. for the CIA. Cole has covered Blackwater, mercenaries, the expansion of JSOC, the CIA, and war crimes in Afghanistan. Prior to ABC, Cole was a contributing writer at ESPN the Magazine, and wrote features for GQ, New York, Salon, and Details among others. His work has been cited by the annual Best Sports Writing. Cole has filed or produced from Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as reporting in Egypt, Jordan, Dubai, Thailand, Lithuania, Italy and Panama. Cole graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and received a Master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. He resides in New York.

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  • June Cross, Columbia University


    June Cross is an award-winning producer and writer with over thirty years of television news and documentary experience. She is currently in pre-production on a film about HIV in rural America, and researching a story in Pakistan. Her latest documentary, “The Old Man and the Storm,” followed the travails of an extended New Orleans family for three years post-Katrina, aired on PBS’ Frontline in early 2009.  She was an executive producer for “This Far by Faith,” a six-part PBS series on the African-American religious experience that broadcast in 2003.  During her 35-year career, she completed eight documentaries PBS Frontline.  CBS News, and PBS  MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. Her reporting for the NewsHour on the U.S. invasion of Grenada won the 1983 Emmy for Outstanding Coverage of a Single Breaking News Story. “Secret Daughter,” an autobiographical film that examined how race and color had affected her family, won an Emmy in 1997 and was honored that same year with a duPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. She is also the author of a memoir, Secret Daughter, published by Viking in 2006. Cross has covered the defense industry, the Middle East, and the intersection of poverty, politics, and race in the U.S. and in Haiti. She received her B.A. from Harvard, and was a fellow at Carnegie-Mellon University’s School of Urban and Public Affairs and the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Studies at Harvard.

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  • Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica


    Stephen Engelberg was the founding managing editor of ProPublica from 2008-2012, and became Editor-in-Chief on January 1, 2013. He came to ProPublica from The Oregonian in Portland, where he had been a managing editor since 2002. Before joining The Oregonian,  Engelberg worked for The New York Times for 18 years, including stints in Washington, D.C., and Warsaw, Poland, as well as in New York. He is a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board and of the Board of Directors of the American Society of News Editors. After beginning his career at The Times, he worked as a reporter for The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk and for The Dallas Morning News before returning to The Times to write news and investigative articles on national security matters. After a stint as The Times bureau chief in Warsaw immediately following the collapse of Communism, he resumed his work as an investigative reporter in 1993.  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. Engelberg’s work since 1996 has focused largely on the editing of investigative projects. He started The Times‘s investigative unit in 2000. 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 a 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).

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  • David Fanning, PBS Frontline


    David Fanning has been Executive Producer of PBS Frontline since its first season in 1983. After more than 530 films, Frontline  remains America’s longest-running investigative documentary series on television. The series has won all of the major awards for broadcast journalism: 45 Emmys; 23 duPont-Columbia University Awards, 13 Peabody Awards,and 10 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards. In 1990 and in 1996, Frontline was recognized with the Gold Baton — the highest duPont-Columbia Award — for its “total contribution to the world of exceptional television.” In 2002, the series was honored with an unprecedented third Gold Baton for its post-Sept. 11 coverage, a series of seven hour-long documentaries on the origins and impact of terrorism. In 2003, A Dangerous Business, a Frontline/New York Times joint investigation of the cast-iron pipe-making industry was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

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  • Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times (moderator)


    Jason Felch is an investigative reporter at the Los Angeles Times. He has written about sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts of America, the evaluation of public school teachers and corruption in the art world. In 2006 he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for exposing the role of the J. Paul Getty Museum and other American museums in the black market for looted antiquities. His 2011 book on the topic, Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum, was awarded the Gold Medal in nonfiction by the California Book Awards. In 2010, his award-winning series “Grading the Teachers” provoked a national debate about the role of teachers in education reform. He graduated from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2002.

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  • David Frankham, director

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    David Frankham is an award-winning commercial and documentary director. In 2010, Frankham produced and directed the documentary film “Witness: Juarez.” The film follows conflict photographer Eros Hoagland as he covers the brutal drug war raging between Mexico and the cartels. “Witness: Juarez” went on to be shortlisted for the 2011 Academy Awards and was acquired by HBO as the pilot and basis for the documentary series “Witness.” The series was born out of Frankham’s belief that by following the experiences and struggles of war photographers who risk their lives in an attempt to reveal the truth, we would capture an honest, ground-level view of conflicts around the world, and the people affected, in a way that had not been seen before. The series, executive produced by Michael Mann and David Frankham, premiered on HBO in November. Frankham also directed three of the four films in the series — Juarez, Rio, and S. Sudan.

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  • Ryan Gabrielson, Center for Investigative Reporting


    Ryan Gabrielson covers public safety for California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting. He was a 2009-2010 fellow at the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley. His reporting on an in-house police force at California’s board-and-care institutions for the developmentally disabled exposed how officers routinely failed to do basic work on criminal cases, including suspicious deaths. Previously, he was a reporter at the East Valley Tribune in Mesa, Ariz. In 2009, he and Tribune colleague Paul Giblin won a Pulitzer Prize for stories that showed immigration enforcement by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office undermined investigations and emergency response. Gabrielson’s work has received numerous national and state honors, including a George Polk Award, an Online Journalism Award for investigative reporting, and a Sigma Delta Chi Award. A Phoenix native, he studied journalism at the University of Arizona and began his career at The Monitor in McAllen, Texas.

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  • Katie Galloway, Filmmaker


    Katie Galloway is a documentary filmmaker whose work explores the intersections of institutional power, civil & human rights, and political activism. With Kelly Duane de la Vega, Galloway heads Loteria Films, a company known for producing powerful character-driven work that shines light on pressing political and social issues. Galloway won the 2012 Writer’s Guild of America’s Best Documentary Screenplay award for her film “Better This World” (POV, 2011, encore 2012) which investigates the story of boyhood friends charged with domestic terrorism & their lengthy relationship with a “revolutionary” mentor & FBI informant. Made in association with the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, “Better This World” won Gotham Independent Film’s Best Documentary award, an International Documentary Association Creative Achievement Award and three National Emmy nominations, including in the Outstanding Investigative Journalism category. Galloway’s critically acclaimed “Prison Town, USA” (POV, 2007) examines the story of Susanville, California, one of hundreds of rural American towns radically transformed by the national prison building boom. Galloway and Duane de la Vega recently completed a series of short films that ran in The New York Times, Mother Jones and elsewhere profiling non-violent offenders serving life sentences under California’s notorious 3 Strikes Law. They are currently in production on the feature documentary “El Poeta” which follows the story of renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited mass protests and an ongoing movement against the country’s drug war after the brutal murder of his only son. Galloway is a 2012-2013 Sundance Women’s Initiative Fellow, recent HBO/Film Independent documentary fellow & former Filmmaker-in-Residence at the IRP.  She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Berkeley and an Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University School of Journalism. She teaches in the Media Studies Department at UC Berkeley.

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  • Diana Henriques, The New York Times


    Diana B. Henriques, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, has been a writer for The New York Times since 1989. She was previously a staff writer for Barron’s magazine, a Wall Street correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and an investigative reporter for The Trenton (N.J.) Times. In 2005, she was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and won a George Polk Award, the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting and Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for her 2004 series exposing insurance and investment rip-offs of young military consumers. She was also a member of The New York Times team that was a Pulitzer finalist for its coverage of the 2008 financial crisis. Henriques is also the author of three previous books: The Machinery of Greed, Fidelity’s World and The White Sharks of Wall Street.  She and her husband Larry live in Hoboken, N.J.

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  • Eros Hoagland, photojournalist

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    Eros Hoagland has worked as an independent photojournalist and documentary photographer since 1994. He has concentrated on the exploration of countries and peoples immersed in cycles of violence across the globe. Assignments and personal projects have taken him to El Salvador, Colombia, Iraq and Afghanistan. His current work centers around U.S.-Mexico border issues, particularly the effects and causes of organized crime in Mexico and throughout Latin America. As well as documenting the political climate and social impact of conflict, Hoagland looks for an emotional and visceral narrative when approaching reportage projects. Themes are just as important as issues in Hoagland’s photography. Subtleties are never overlooked as he conveys a feeling of place, character and a larger historical perspective to his viewers. Hoagland’s regular clients include The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, der Spiegel, and the Times of London. He was also featured in the 2012 HBO documentary series  “Witness.” Hoagland is a California native who spends his free time surfing and diving the frigid waters of the Pacific Ocean.

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  • Adam Hochschild, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

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    Adam Hochschild’s writing has usually focused on human rights and social justice. His first book, Half the Way Home: a Memoir of Father and Son, was published in 1986. It was followed by The Mirror at Midnight: a South African Journey, and The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin. His Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels collects shorter pieces from several decades. King Leopold’s Ghost: a Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa won a J. Anthony Lukas award in the United States, and the Duff Cooper Prize in England. Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves, a history of the British antislavery movement, was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. For the body of his work, he has received awards from the Lannan Foundation, the American Historical Association, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His latest book, To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His books have been translated into 14 languages. Hochschild has written for The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, Granta, The New York Times Magazine and other publications, and was one of the co-founders of Mother Jones magazine. He teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at the UC Berkeley.

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  • Josiah Hooper, Cutting Blvd. Films


    Josiah Willow Hooper is a freelance producer, director and director of photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He produced segments for the HBO documentary series “Witness,” following war and conflict photographers in Brazil, Central African Republic, Libya, South Sudan and Uganda. His documentary Fruits of War, which follows four men who are deported to El Salvador and witness the birth of the gang epidemic in that country, was nominated for an Emmy award. His work for Frontline/World took him to Kenya with reporter Edwin Okong’o, part of the 2008 election website The World is Watching. The piece, entitled Sweet Home Obama, won the Webby’s People’s Choice Award. He lives in El Cerrito, California with his wife and two beautiful girls.

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  • David Jackson, Chicago Tribune


    David Jackson’s articles have prompted congressional hearings, law enforcement indictments and legislative reform. He has been at the Chicago Tribune since 1991 except for one year at The Washington Post, where he shared the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service with two reporters and a data analyst. At the Tribune, David has been a Pulitzer finalist three times: for a 2011 series with Gary Marx that interviewed dangerous fugitives who live with impunity in foreign countries; for the 1999 series “How Troubled Kids Became Big Business”; and for a 1995 investigation of the Nation of Islam that spurred a federal probe of then-Chicago Housing Authority chief Vince Lane, who was imprisoned. Jackson and Gary Marx were awarded the 2011 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism.

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  • Antonia Juhasz, Investigative Reporting Program


    Antonia Juhasz is the recipient of a 2012-2013 Investigative Journalism Fellowship at the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she is investigating oil and natural gas and the Afghanistan war. Juhasz traveled across the northern and western provinces of Afghanistan for three weeks in late 2012 following an oil and natural gas map laid out first by the Soviets and updated by the Americans. She then spent a week in Tajikistan. The Atlantic ran “The New War for Afghanistan’s Untapped Oil,” her first article based on this investigation, in January 2012. Two additional pieces will soon run in Harper’s Magazine and Foreign Policy. Juhasz will next write a book based on this research, her fourth. Her previous books are: Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill (Wiley, 2011); The Tyranny of Oil (HarperCollins, 2008); and The Bush Agenda (HarperCollins, 2006). Juhasz has been a reporter for the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute and wrote the cover article for the May 2012 issue of The Nation, “BP’s Toxic Legacy.” I leading oil industry and energy policy writer, she has been published in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Atlantic, Petroleum Review Magazine, The Nation, Tikkun, and The Progressive, among other outlets. Juhasz has worked as a Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC for Congressmen John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD). Juhasz holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy from Brown University.

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  • Meg Kissinger, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


    Meg Kissinger has been writing about mental illness for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for more than two decades. She won the 2012 Robert F. Kennedy National Journalism Award for her series “Imminent Danger” about the unintended consequences of a federal lawsuit aimed at expanding civil liberties for people committed to mental institutions. She and Susanne Rust were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting in 2008 for “Chemical Fallout,” their series on the failures of the federal government to regulate the dangers of household chemicals. That series also won the Polk Award, the John B. Oakes Award, a certificate of merit from the Grantham Award and two Scripps-Howard National Journalism Awards. Kissinger is a graduate of DePauw University. She began her career at the Watertown (NY) Daily Times and covered legal issues for the Cincinnati Post. Kissinger is a fellow in public service journalism at Marquette University this year.

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  • Michael Krasny, KQED (moderator)


    Michael Krasny, Ph.D., is host of KQED’s award-winning Forum, a news and public affairs program that concentrates on the arts, culture, health, business, and technology. Forum is one of KQED’s most-popular shows and the nation’s most-listened-to locally produced public radio talk show. Before coming to KQED Public Radio in 1993, Dr. Krasny hosted a night-time talk program for KGO Radio and co-anchored the weekly KGO television show Nightfocus. He hosted Bay TV’s Take Issue, a nightly news analysis show, programs for KQED Public Television, KRON television, and NPR, and did news commentary for KTVU television. He has also served as host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation. Since 1970, he has been a professor of English at San Francisco State University and has taught at Stanford University and University of California, San Francisco. He is the author of Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest and Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life, coauthor of the textbook Sound Ideas, and creator of the DVD presentation “Masterpieces of Short Fiction.” He is a widely published scholar and literary critic, a fiction writer, and a guest and frequent interviewer on the City Arts & Lectures stage. He has worked widely as a facilitator and host in the corporate sector and as moderator for a host of major nonprofit events. Dr. Krasny has interviewed many of the leading newsmakers and cultural icons of our time, including former President Jimmy Carter, Cesar Chavez, Noam Chomsky, Hilary Rodham Clinton, Francis Ford Coppola, Don DeLillo, Newt Gingrich, Vice President Al Gore, Norman Mailer, Toni Morrison, President Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, Nancy Pelosi, Robert Redford, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, John Updike, and countless others.

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  • Lee Levine, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP


    Lee Levine is a founding partner of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP. He has represented media clients in First Amendment-related cases for more than three decades. In the United States Supreme Court, he has argued for the media defendants in Harte-Hanks Communications, Inc. v. Connaughton and Bartnicki v. Vopper. He has also litigated in the courts of more than 20 states and the District of Columbia and has appeared in most federal courts of appeal and in the
    highest courts of ten states. Levine is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught media law since 1989. He is the lead author of the treatise Newsgathering and the Law, now in its fourth edition, and, along with the late Professor David Kohler, co-authored the casebook Media and the Law.  Levine began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Irving R. Kaufman, then-Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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  • Ken Light, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (moderator)

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    Ken Light is a social documentary photographer whose work has appeared in books, magazines, exhibitions and numerous anthologies, exhibition catalogues and a variety of media, digital and motion picture. He is the author of eight books, the most recent being Valley of Shadows & Dreams (Heyday Book) was published in 2012. This work was published in The New York Times, Newsweek/Daily Beast, N.Y. Review of Books, Huffington Post Voces and this work was exhibited in one person shows at the Oakland Museum of California, Umbrage Gallery, Arte Americas and S.E. Museum of Photography. Light is curator of the Center for Photography and a professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.

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  • Jon Logan, Reva and David Logan Foundation


    Jonathan Logan is president of the Reva and David Logan Foundation, whose mission supports programs in the arts, social justice, and investigative reporting. The foundation is a major funder of the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and the Center for Investigative Reporting. Logan is past board chair of CIR and currently serves as its vice-chair. He is also a board member of Frame of Mind Films. Logan has founded two non-profit organizations and has provided ongoing fundraising and organizational support to many others for more than two decades.

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  • Gary Marx, Chicago Tribune

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    Gary Marx is currently a projects reporter for the Chicago Tribune. Marx started at the Tribune in 1988 as a Metropolitan reporter, and was the Tribune‘s South America correspondent from 1990 until 1994. Upon returning to Chicago, he covered criminal justice and was a member of the paper’s projects team before rejoining the foreign staff in 2002 based in Havana, Cuba. In 2007, Marx was forced to leave Cuba after authorities deemed his coverage of human rights and other issues as “too negative.” Marx began his journalism career in 1983 as a freelance reporter in Africa for the Christian Science Monitor and later joined the Orlando Sentinel where he worked as an editorial writer, city reporter, investigative reporter and foreign correspondent covering Central America and the Caribbean. During his career, Marx has covered civil wars and U.S. military operations on three continents, including Iraq and Somalia. His investigations have led to indictments for murder and other crimes, and sparked sweeping reform. Marx is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist in investigative reporting, including 2012 for his series “Fugitives from Justice” with David Jackson. Marx and Jackson were also awarded the 2011 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism for the same series. Marx’s other national awards include the APME’s Public Service Award, the Heywood Broun Award, a National Press Club Award, and an Overseas Press Club Citation. In 2007, he was awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Prize for outstanding reporting of Latin America from Columbia University. Marx has a BA from Harvard and a Masters degree in African politics from the London School of Economics. In 2001, Marx was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and in 2008 he was a Visiting Fellow at Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

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  • T. Christian Miller, ProPublica


    T. Christian Miller joined ProPublica in 2008 as a senior reporter based in Washington, D.C. He spent the previous 11 years reporting for the Los Angeles Times. His work included coverage of the 2000 presidential campaign and three years as a bureau chief for the Times, responsible for 10 countries in South and Central America. Earlier in his career he worked for the San Francisco Chronicle and the St. Petersburg Times. He has received the George Polk Award for Radio Reporting, the Dart Award for Coverage of Trauma, the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, the Investigative Reporters and Editors award for online reporting, two Overseas Press Club awards, a Livingston Award for Young Journalists, the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Reporting and a certificate of recognition from the Daniel Pearl awards for outstanding international investigative reporting. Miller is the author of Blood Money: Wasted Billions, Lost Lives, and Corporate Greed in Iraq. In 2012, Miller was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.

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  • Annie Murphy, independent journalist


    Annie Murphy is an independent radio journalist and writer. She works as a regular contributor to NPR, an editor at Spanish-language radio program Radio Ambulante, and a lecturer at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, and her work has earned her fellowships from the Fulbright Program, Middlebury College, and Johns Hopkins. She has a Bachelor’s in anthropology from Smith College.  She was a 2011-2012 fellow at the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, where she produced a series for NPR about the widespread violence in Honduras, the legacy of a 2009 coup, and U.S. involvement in the region.

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  • Mike Oreskes, Associated Press


    Michael “Mike” Oreskes is Vice President and Senior Managing Editor of The Associated Press (AP). He supervises the news cooperative’s daily all-format and global report. Oreskes came to the AP in 2008 from The International Herald Tribune where he was Executive Editor of the Paris-based daily owned by The New York Times. He began in 1981 as reporter for The Times, covering local, state and national politics; he was later appointed Metro Editor, Washington Bureau Chief and Deputy Managing Editor. Oreskes was also a pioneer in The Times’ television and online operations.  Before coming to the Times, he worked for the (New York) Daily News, where he was a general assignment reporter, City Hall Bureau Chief, and also covered education, Albany and the labor beat. He is co-author of The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved our Country and Why it Can Again (Bloomsbury). He was also a correspondent for WNET’s Special Edition.

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  • Priscilla Painton, Simon & Schuster


    Priscilla Painton is the Executive Editor—Nonfiction of Simon & Schuster. Since joining Simon & Schuster, Priscilla has acquired a range of books, including bestselling biographies of Michelle Obama and Ted Kennedy, the history of The Presidents Club, the memoir of an anxiety sufferer, the secret diary of one of the most powerful Communists in China, all of which became bestsellers, as well as books on history, politics, science, religion, economics, and American society. Previously, Painton was deputy managing editor of Time magazine. Painton joined Time in 1989 as a reporter and went on to edit every section of the magazine. She served longest as Time’s Nation editor, responsible for all political and domestic news. In that role, she oversaw Time‘s investigation of campaign-finance scandals, which won a prestigious Goldsmith Investigative Journalism Prize. She also served as Time‘s executive editor before being appointed deputy managing editor, which made her the highest-ranking woman editor in the magazine’s history. Prior to joining Time, Painton worked for the Atlanta Journal & Constitution, The Washington Post, and The Berkshire Eagle, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

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  • Stan Pottinger, former Department of Justice


    Stan Pottinger served as Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division in the U.S. Department of Justice in the second Nixon Administration and the Ford Administration. Cases he handled included reopening the Kent State shootings case; the 1973 armed conflict at Wounded Knee; the Richard Helms CIA case; the FBI’s COINTELPRO program; the indictment of Mark Felt in connection with break-ins of Weather Underground in New York; and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s investigation of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Before going to the Justice Department, he served as Director of the Office for Civil Rights at HEW where he was in charge of the federal government’s school desegregation programs and its enforcement of affirmative action in colleges and universities. He has argued four cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Pottinger is The New York Times best-selling author of four novels and the former host Plum TV’s “Beyond Politics.” Pottinger graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

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  • Susanne Reber, Center for Investigative Reporting (moderator)


    Susanne Reber is the Director of Digital Media at the Center for Investigative Reporting. She leads many of CIR’s national and international investigations, and multimedia, audio and web productions. Prior to joining CIR, Reber led NPR’s first Investigations Unit, which received numerous honors and awards during her tenure. Work at the NPR unit has been recognized with recent Peabody, Robert F. Kennedy, Dart, Gracies, White House Press Photographers Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors awards. Reber was previously a Deputy Managing Editor and Executive Producer at CBC National Radio News. She has worked a variety of field assignments from Czechoslovakia to Johannesburg and Saskatchewan. She is co-author of Starlight Tour: The Last Lonely Night of Neil Stonechild. Reber graduated from the University of London with a Bachelor’s degree in German and French Language and Literature. She earned her graduate diploma in broadcast journalism from the City University in London.

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  • John Rizzo


    John Rizzo was an attorney at the Central Intelligence Agency from 1976 through 2009. He served as the CIA’s chief legal officer for seven years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In 2006, President George Bush nominated Rizzo for the position of CIA General Counsel, the first career CIA lawyer ever nominated to the post. Rizzo was a key player in the creation and implementation of all the Agency’s covert counter-terrorist actions undertaken in response to the 9/11 attacks. During the earlier years of his career, Rizzo served as CIA’s focal point with the Congressional investigations investigating the Iran-Contra affair in 1987. He also created the Agency’s policies governing its confidential relationships with the US media, academic and business communities. On retiring in 2009, he received the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the highest award given to a career CIA officer. Currently, Rizzo is Senior Counsel at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Steptoe & Johnson and a Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution. Rizzo’s memoir will be published  in January 2014.

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  • Seth Rosenfeld, freelance journalist


    Seth Rosenfeld is a freelance journalist based in San Francisco and author of the best-selling book Subversives:  The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.  Subversives traces the FBI’s secret involvement with three iconic figures at Berkeley during the1960s: the ambitious neophyte politician Ronald Reagan, the fierce but fragile radical Mario Savio, and the liberal University of California president Clark Kerr.  A reporter for the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle for nearly 25 years, Rosenfeld is a winner of the George Polk Award and other honors.

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  • Brian Ross, ABC News (moderator)


    As the chief investigative correspondent for ABC News, Brian Ross reports extensively for World News with Diane SawyerNightline, Good Morning America, 20/20 and Primetime, as well as for ABC News Radio and Ross joined ABC News in July 1994. Ross’s investigative reports have exposed corruption at all levels of government, led to changes in domestic laws and prompted reforms abroad. Over the past few years, his exclusive investigative reports on the Times Square Bomber, Ft. Hood Shooter, the Underwear Bomber and the Printer Bomb plot led the network’s coverage. Most recently his 20/20 investigation of sexual abuse of Peace Corps volunteers won the 2012 George Polk Award for television reporting and has led to congressional hearings, and his expose of a “pay-to-play” grading system by the Better Business Bureau has led to major changes within that organization. Ross’ investigative reports have won six duPont awards, five Peabody awards, six Polk awards, five awards from the Overseas Press Club, twelve Emmys and three Edward R. Murrow Awards and many more.

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  • Daniel Santoro, Clarin (Argentina)

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    Daniel Santoro is the national political editor at Clarin, Argentina’s largest newspaper, and has conducted extensive investigations into government corruption, national security matters, and international drug trafficking. Santoro has broken a number of scandals detailing arms smuggling, including one story linking former presidente Carlos Menem  with the traffic of 6.500 tons of weapons to Croatia. Santoro was awarded the 1995 King of Spain international journalism award for his “outstanding contribution” to journalism and the 20004 Maria Moors Cabot from Columbia University, IPYS-International Transparency and platinium Konex. In addition to his work at Clarin, Santoro teaches investigative journalism at the Universidad de Belgrano and has also conducted classes at the Fundacion para un Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano, run by Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia-Marquez in Colombia. In 2000 and 2004, Santoro published Puro Periodismo (Pure Journalism) and Técnicas de Investigación (Investigation tecnikes), a journalism textbooks, and six books more. He is member of ICIJ, National Journalism Academy, and former president of Foro de Periodismo Argentino (FOPEA, an associatin of journalist. His blog is “Santoro investiga”.

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  • Robert Siegfried, Kekst and Co.

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    Robert Siegfried is a senior managing director and a founding principal of the financial public relations firm Kekst and Company Incorporated. As part of Kekst, Siegfried has worked over the past 40 years in financial communications involving the capital markets including, among other disciplines: investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, proxy solicitation efforts, restructurings and reorganizations, and public relations support for litigation strategies.  Siegfried is a member of Kekst’s executive committee. Prior to joining Kekst and Company, Siegfried worked as a securities analyst at the Bank of New York, concentrating on the banking, insurance and real estate investment trusts industries.  Siegfried has a Master’s of Business Administration Degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Jack Shafer, Reuters (moderator)

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    Jack Shafer writes a column about the press and politics for Reuters, which he joined in September 2011. Previously, he worked at Slate for 15 years, first as deputy editor and then as the site’s “Press Box” columnist. Before Slate, Shafer spent 11 years editing two alternative weeklies–SF Weekly and Washington City Paper–where he estimates he rewrote, massaged, or merely pressed the button on 500 features. Shafer’s first salaried job in journalism was at Inquiry magazine, where he was the managing editor. His work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Times Book Review, the Columbia Journalism Review, the New RepublicBookForum, the op-ed page of The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. He has been writing about the press for about 25 years.

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  • Scott Shane, The New York Times


    Scott Shane is a reporter in the Washington bureau of The New York Times, where he covers national security. He has written extensively about targeted killing under the Obama administration and the debate over torture during the Bush administration, and his 2007 articles on interrogation, written with several colleagues, were a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. More recently he has written about the anthrax investigation and Bruce Ivins, C.I.A. drone strikes in Pakistan, the American-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and the prosecution of alleged leakers of classified information. In addition, he has written about the evolving terrorist threat, the reorganization of intelligence agencies, the government’s secret effort to reclassify historical documents and the explosion in federal contracting. From 1983 to 2004, he was a reporter for The Baltimore Sun, covering a range of beats from courts to medicine and writing series of articles on brain surgery, schizophrenia, a drug corner, guns and crime and other topics. He was The Sun‘s Moscow correspondent from 1988 to 1991.  In 1995, he co-wrote a six-part explanatory series of articles on the National Security Agency, the first major investigation of NSA since James Bamford’s 1982 book The Puzzle Palace.

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  • Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press


    Eileen Sullivan covers counterterrorism for The Associated Press and specializes in homegrown terrorism and domestic radicalization. She previously covered the Department of Homeland Security for the AP and for Congressional Quarterly and Federal Times. Most recently she and three other AP reporters won the Pulitzer, Goldsmith and Polk awards for a series of stories that revealed the New York Police Department’s secret programs to spy on Muslims throughout the Northeast since Sept. 11, 2001.  Sullivan began her career with the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, N.J. She graduated from Villanova University in 1999 with a degree in English. She grew up in Alexandria, Va. and lives in Washington, D.C.

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  • Laura Sullivan, NPR


    Laura Sullivan is a NPR News investigative correspondent whose work has cast a light on some of the country’s most disadvantaged people. Sullivan is one of NPR’s most decorated journalists, with three Peabody Awards and two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Batons. She joined NPR in 2004 as a correspondent on the National Desk. For six years she covered crime and punishment issues, with reports airing regularly on Morning Edition, All Things Considered and other NPR programs before joining NPR’s investigations unit. Her unflinching series “Native Foster Care,” which aired in three parts on All Things Considered in October 2011, examined how lack of knowledge about Native culture and traditions and federal financial funding all influence the decision to remove so many Native-American children from homes in South Dakota. Through more than 150 interviews with state and federal officials, tribal representatives and families from eight South Dakota tribes, plus a review of thousands of records, Sullivan and NPR producers pieced together a narrative of inequality in the foster care system across the state. In addition to her third Peabody, the series also won Sullivan her second Robert F. Kennedy Award. “Bonding for Profit” – a three-part investigative series that aired on Morning Edition and All Things Considered in 2010 – earned Sullivan her second duPont and Peabody, as well as awards from the Scripps Howard Foundation, Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, and the American Bar Association. Working with editor Steve Drummond, Sullivan’s stories in this series revealed deep and costly flaws in one of the most common – and commonly misunderstood – elements of the U.S. criminal justice system.

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  • A.C. Thompson, ProPublica


    A.C. Thompson is a staff reporter at ProPublica and a correspondent for PBS Frontline. His reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina helped to uncover a string of alleged hate crimes against African-Americans and the link between police and the killing of unarmed civilians in New Orleans. In the wake of the stories, federal prosecutors opened multiple investigations, eventually charging a private citizen for an allegedly racially motivated shooting, and five police officers in connection with the killing of local resident Henry Glover. He has received numerous accolades including the George Polk Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the I.F. Stone Medal, and the Molly Ivins Award, among others.

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  • Ed Wasserman, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (moderator)


    Edward Wasserman is dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the UC Berkeley. For the previous 10 years he had been  the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation professor of journalism ethics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. He writes and speaks widely on matters related to media rights and wrongs, technological change, and media ownership and control. His academic specialties include plagiarism, source confidentiality and conflict of interest. Since 2001 he has written a biweekly column on the media for the Miami Herald, which is distributed nationally by the McClatchy-Tribune News Service. He is a member of the executive board of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE), the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Mass Media Ethics, and the board of advisors to the international Organization of News Ombudsmen (ONO). He has spoken to professional and academic groups throughout the United States and in Argentina, Brazil, China, Great Britain, India, the Netherlands, Canada, Sweden and China. Wasserman joined W&L in 2003 after a career in journalism that began in 1972. He worked for news organizations in Maryland, Wyoming, Florida and New York. Among other positions, he was CEO and editor in chief of American Lawyer Media’s Miami-based Daily Business Review newspaper chain, executive business editor of the Miami Herald, city editor of the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, and editorial director of Primedia’s 140-publication Media Central division in New York. Wasserman received a B.A. cum laude in politics and economics from Yale, a licence in philosophy from the University of Paris, and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, where he studied media politics and economics.

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  • Edward Wong, The New York Times


    Edward Wong is a correspondent in the Beijing bureau of The New York Times. Since 2008, he has covered Chinese politics, economics, the military, foreign policy, the environment, culture and a range of other issues. He has been a writer on three in-depth series that explored China’s growing global reach, cultural production and censorship, and the 2012 leadership transition. Since being posted to China, he has also reported from countries across Asia, including Afghanistan, North Korea and Myanmar. Wong has worked for The Times for more than 13 years and spent a decade overseas. His first foreign assignment for the newspaper was in the Baghdad bureau, where he covered the Iraq War from 2003 to 2007. Between his Iraq and China assignments, he studied Mandarin at Middlebury College and at Taiwan University. Wong first went to China in 1996, when he studied at Beijing Language and Culture University. Wong has also written often on travels in the Himalayas. Wong has received the Livingston Award for his coverage of Iraq and shared in an award from the Society of Publishers in Asia for coverage of China. He has a Bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Virginia and dual Master’s degrees in journalism and international studies from the UC Berkeley.

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  • Oriana Zill de Granados, CBS News 60 Minutes


    Oriana Zill de Granados is a producer of investigative stories at CBS News 60 Minutes, including “Armstrong,” “The Trouble with Treasure” and “Stem Cell Fraud.”  Her most recent report “The Cost of Admission” featured allegations of Medicare fraud against the fourth largest for-profit hospital chain in the United States.  Previously, she was producer and writer of The War We Are Living (2011), a documentary about women living through the war in Colombia as part of the PBS special series Women, War and Peace.  She was producer and writer of documentaries, with Lowell Bergman, for PBS Frontline and Frontline/World, including The Card Game (2009), Black Money (2009), Crimes at the Border (2008), A Dangerous Business Revisited (2008), The Enemy Within (2006), and Drug Wars (2000). She has produced segments for PBS Expose, PBS Now with Bill Moyers, and ABC News Nightline.  She is also the producer, director and writer of a CIR/Latino Public Broadcasting documentary, Nuestra Familia/Our Family, about Latino gangs in California’s farm towns, which aired nationally on PBS in 2006, and was awarded a 2006 IRE Medal for Crime Reporting and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Documentary Award.  Zill de Granados has also received several Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, a Writer’s Guild Award, an Overseas Press Club Award and National Press Club Award, among others.

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