Lowell Bergman launched what has become the Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) in 2006.
Bergman began his journalism career a half-century ago as an editor and investigative reporter with the alternative press. He then freelanced for Ramparts magazine before becoming an associate editor at Rolling Stone. In 1977, he co-founded the Center for Investigative Reporting and soon after joined ABC News. An original producer of its first news magazine, 20/20, he was responsible for the program’s first Emmy Award. After a stint as the executive in charge of investigative reporting at the network, in 1983 Bergman joined 60 Minutes as a producer/reporter for Mike Wallace. Over the next 14 years he produced scores of segments on organized crime, wrongful prosecutions, arms and drug trafficking, terrorism and corporate corruption. His 60 Minutes investigation of the tobacco industry was dramatized in the feature film, The Insider, which was nominated for seven Academy awards.
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. He reported and 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 in the United States and Europe.
The New York Times received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for “A Dangerous Business,” a collaboration with PBS Frontline and Canadian Broadcasting’s Fifth Estate that included two journalism graduate students. The print series and the documentaries detailed a North American foundry company’s egregious worker safety and environmental violations and resulted in more than 100 felony charges nationwide. The print/broadcast versions received every major award in broadcasting and investigative reporting.
Multi-platform presentations of long-form investigative stories became an IRP innovation in the news industry. In more than 30 special reports, Bergman and the IRP have worked with a wide range of collaborators, from The Guardian to Univision and NPR to ProPublica, as well as a variety of local outlets.
Bergman has won numerous Emmys, seven Alfred I. duPont Awards, three Peabodys and many other awards, including the Robert F. Kennedy Award Grand Prize. In 2009, he was named one of the “30 most notable investigative reporters” in the last century by the George Washington University Encyclopedia of Journalism.
During the last few years, Bergman has turned his attention to a new journalism innovation. With IRP Director John Temple, he launched Investigative Studios, a nonprofit production company formally affiliated with the university. Studios is designed to produce new revenue streams for the IRP. It provides a vehicle to turn the IRP’s research and reporting into films and other long-form, multi-platform stories, and then distribute and monetize them. While still relying in part on philanthropy, the company’s goal is to bring to the world of documentary film the values of cutting-edge journalism.
Bergman graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1966 and was a graduate fellow in the history of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego until 1970.
Bergman, a New York native, has lived in Berkeley since 1973. He is married to Sharon Tiller, herself an award-winning documentarian and broadcast executive. The couple has five sons and seven grandchildren.
Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism
David Barstow is the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and leads the Investigative Reporting Program.
Barstow was a senior writer at The New York Times and the first reporter to ever win four Pulitzer Prizes. At The Times, he was part of a team with Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner on an 18-month project that won a 2019 Pulitzer for shattering Donald Trump’s myth that he is a self-made billionaire and exposed evidence of questionable tax avoidance by the Trump family. In 2013, he and Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab were awarded the Pulitzer for investigative reporting for “Walmart Abroad,” a series that exposed Walmart’s aggressive use of bribery to fuel its rapid expansion in Mexico. In 2009, he was awarded the Pulitzer for investigative reporting for “Message Machine,” a series about the Pentagon’s hidden campaign to influence news coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2004, he and Lowell Bergman were awarded the Pulitzer for public service for articles about employers who committed egregious workplace safety violations that killed or injured hundreds of workers.
Barstow joined The Times in 1999 and he has been a member of the paper’s Investigative unit since 2002. He is the recipient of three Polk Awards, the Goldsmith Prize, the Alfred I. duPont Silver Baton, the Barlett and Steele Gold Medal, a Loeb Award, the Sidney Hillman Award, the Daniel Pearl Award for Investigative Reporting, two Sigma Delta Chi awards for distinguished service, the Peabody Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the Mirror Award, an Overseas Press Club Citation, two Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards, and the Gold Keyboard.
Before joining The Times, he reported for The St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) in Florida, where he was a finalist for three Pulitzers. Before that, he was a reporter at The Times-Union in Rochester, N.Y., and The Green Bay Press-Gazette in Wisconsin. Barstow is a native of Concord, Mass., and a graduate of Northwestern University, which honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010. He was inducted into the Hall of Achievement at the university’s Medill School of Journalism in 2015.
Geeta Anand oversees the editorial projects at the IRP. She is also Acting Professor of Reporting at the School. She has been a journalist for 29 years, specializing in investigative reporting and narrative writing. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she began her career at newspapers in New England where she covered courts, crime and local government. She went on to report on politics at The Boston Globe and then joined The Wall Street Journal, where she developed a specialty in investigative work and health care. She was part of a team of reporters that won the 2003 Pulitzer in explanatory journalism for a series on the impact of corporate scandals in America. She also turned one of her stories from the biotech beat into a 2006 book, The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million–And Bucked the Medical Establishment–In a Quest to Save His Children, which was made into the CBS movie “Extraordinary Measures,” starring Harrison Ford.
Before coming to Berkeley, she spent 10 years, most recently with The New York Times, as a foreign correspondent in India, where she was born. Her work on how hidden decision-makers make life-and-death choices about who gets health care in America was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004, and her series on drug prices and how lawmakers created legal monopolies that allowed prices to soar won a 2006 Gerald Loeb award, the most prestigious prize in business reporting. In 2007, the National Council for the Advancement of Science Writing awarded her the Victor Kohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting. In 2013, her series on how tuberculosis became drug-resistant in India won first place in cross-border investigative reporting from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
Janice Hui is the managing director at the Investigative Reporting Program. Among other things, she oversees the Logan Symposium on Investigative Reporting, which the IRP hosts each spring. Before joining the IRP, she was a senior producer at CBS Interactive in San Francisco. She also worked as a producer at CNN’s Washington DC bureau and a producer at Associated Press Radio in Washington DC. She received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley.
Mila MacBain oversees the day-to-day operations of the IRP. She studied literature and music in Aix-en-Provence, France, and at UC Santa Cruz, where her graduate study focused on the 18th-century epistolary novel. Before coming to Berkeley, she worked as a translator and editor and managed language programs in the California community college system. MacBain brings seven years of university organizational and administrative skills to the IRP, where she has settled after a 15-month research trip that took her, among other places, to Quebec, Alsace, and the Shetland Islands.
Zachary Stauffer is a staff producer and primary director of photography at the Investigative Reporting Program. His first feature documentary, the award-winning “Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?”, has screened at film festivals across the country and was adapted into a podcast for Reveal. Since joining the IRP in 2009, he has contributed to a number of films for PBS Frontline, including “Money and March Madness,” “Murdoch’s Scandal,” and the DuPont award-winning “Rape in the Fields” and its follow-ups, “Rape on the Night Shift” and “Trafficked in America.” His short documentary, “A Day Late In Oakland,” about the murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey, was nominated for two IDA awards.
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.
Loi Ameera Almeron
Loi Almeron is an associate producer at the Investigative Reporting Program. She started her journalism career with the award-winning Probe Productions, pioneer of the longest running investigative documentary program in the Philippines, where she associate produced and co-edited at least 25 documentaries for national and international broadcast.
After two years of covering stories all around the Philippines, she moved to the United States to pursue her master’s in Journalism at University of California, Berkeley. She has since worked for various hyperlocal news outlets, independent documentaries and non-profit organizations focusing on social justice, diversity and current affairs in the Bay Area and in Asia. Recently, Almeron was video editor of the short biographical documentary, “Hale,” which won the Student Academy Award for Documentary in 2017.