(June 9, 2016) — The Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism has named veteran journalist John Temple as its new managing editor.
In his role, Temple will oversee all editorial projects at the IRP, which produces in-depth documentaries and investigative stories for major media outlets that include The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Mother Jones, Univision and PBS Frontline. Temple also teaches investigative reporting at the Journalism School.
“I feel invigorated by the opportunity to join a team working on the cutting edge of investigative reporting and journalism education,” Temple said.
Temple will begin immediately, working under the official university title of associate adjunct professor. He will report directly to Lowell Bergman, the IRP’s longtime director and the Reva & David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism.
“John Temple is recognized throughout the journalism world as one of the best editors and innovators in the business. We are honored that he has chosen to join the program, which is dedicated to helping create the next generation of investigative reporters,” Bergman said.
Temple was president of audience and products at First Look Media from 2014 to 2015. Before 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.
Temple received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
The IRP’s previous managing editor, Tim McGirk, stepped down last month, after five years in that position, and will now join the board of our newest innovation, our own production company. This unique nonprofit company will be dedicated to producing the IRP’s work in a way that delivers new revenue streams designed to sustain the program for years to come.
The program was established by Bergman in 2006. Evolving from a single seminar, the IRP now encompasses a nonprofit newsroom, a seminar for undergraduate reporters and a post-graduate fellowship program, among other initiatives. Through its various projects, students have opportunities to gain mentorship and practical experience in breaking major stories for some of the nation’s foremost print and broadcast outlets. The IRP also works closely with students to develop and publish their own investigative pieces.
The IRP is a professional newsroom and teaching institute at UC Berkeley. It has produced and contributed to dozens of groundbreaking stories for broadcast, print and online outlets. The stories have ranged from examinations of the sexual abuse of women who work in the janitorial and agricultural industries, an investigation of the Navy’s most crash-prone helicopter, a probe into the money behind college sports, the holes in homeland security and the dysfunctional patchwork of death investigation in America.