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 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.
John Temple oversees the editorial projects at the IRP, as well as its business and educational operations. He also teaches a course on investigative reporting at the Journalism School. Before joining the IRP, Temple was president of audience and products at First Look Media from 2014 to 2015. Prior to that, he was a senior fellow in the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program at Stanford University. He has also served as managing editor of The Washington Post and editor and general manager of Honolulu Civil Beat, a news service launched by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. In addition, Temple was editor, president and publisher of the award-winning Rocky Mountain News and vice president of news of the newspaper division of the E.W. Scripps Co. before it closed the Denver paper in 2009.
Chris Bush is operations director at the Investigative Reporting Program. He manages the program’s finances, operations and facilities, as well as supports productions, programs and events. Before joining the IRP in 2017, he was the CEO of Monarch Media, Inc., an educational technology solutions company. Prior to Monarch, he worked in Silicon Valley for Saba Software and for Sybase. He started his career as an editor for legal industry trade magazines, including Corporate Legal Times. He received an MBA from the University of California at Davis and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Daffodil Altan is an Emmy-nominated journalist and documentary producer. Most recently, she produced the Frontline/Univision documentary, “Rape on the Night Shift,” a collaboration between the IRP, Reveal at The Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED, which investigated the hidden reality of rape on the job for women janitors in the U.S. The film won the Investigative Reporters and Editors award for best Broadcast/Video in 2016 and was nominated for two national Emmys. Previously she was a producer at the Center for Investigative Reporting, where her reporting on teen solitary confinement at Rikers Island earned her an Emmy nomination and was part of a wave of renewed coverage that led to the banning of solitary confinement for teens at the New York City jail. Her print, radio and production credits include: Frontline, Univision, MSNBC, Telemundo, KQED, the PBS NewsHour, The Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, the OC Weekly, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She has received awards for her work from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., the Society of Professional Journalists, The San Francisco International Film Festival, the Los Angeles Press Club and the Imagen Foundation. She has a master’s degree in journalism from UC 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.
Garrett Therolf worked for the Los Angeles Times for a decade, focusing on stories about children and families living on the margins. He also completed assignments for The Times in Iraq following the fall of Saddam Hussein and Egypt during the Arab Spring. Prior to that, he worked for the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times), The Tampa Tribune, The (Allentown, Pa.) Morning Call and the Associated Press. Therolf received The Times’ award for best explanatory reporting, the Price Child Health and Welfare Journalism Prize three times, and recognition as a Livingston Award finalist twice. He is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Kathleen Seccombe works for the Investigative Reporting Program as an associate producer and reporter. She is a graduate of the journalism program at UC Berkeley, where she produced her first documentary “Growing Farmer.” The film screened at the Napa Valley Film Festival in 2015. She started her journalism career reporting on politics, business, and the environment for the award-winning newspaper, the Monterey County Weekly and the Santa Cruz-based Adventure Sports Journal. She earned a degree in politics from UC Santa Cruz.