In response to the statement from Frontline on “Bigger Than Vegas” posted on their website on April 25, 2015, The Investigative Reporting Program at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley has already stated publicly that disagreements occur in this business, and we disagree.
The journalism we provided to Frontline on this story was solid as well as carefully reviewed. There were no errors. It was no different in quality from many stories we have done for Frontline and that they then aired.
The reporting on this story has not ended because Frontline decided not to broadcast. The team that reported this story continues to develop new information and to follow up on new developments. We have already begun to publish in another venue, and will continue to report on this story in print and broadcast. We think the public interest demands it.
The IRP is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015-16 Mark Felt Scholarships for students who intend to specialize in investigative reporting during their second year. They are: Brett Murphy, Alyssa Perry, Nadine Sebai, Jimmy Tobias and Parker Yesko.
Lowell Bergman Speaks at Flagler College
Lowell Bergman delivered the keynote address at Communication Week, an annual event at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida for students of journalism, media production, public relations and other fields on Sunday, March 8. More info
Judge Throws Out Suit Against Logan Symposium Panelist
A federal judge dismisses a libel lawsuit against Jim Chanos, who was sued for remarks he made at the 2014 Logan Symposium. More info
Lowell Bergman Remembers Bob Simon
IRP Director Lowell Bergman remembers the legendary career of CBS News correspondent Bob Simon, who died Wednesday in a car accident in New York City. More info
Legal Fight Ends for Risen
IRP Fellow on NBC Nightly News
IRP Fellow Anabel Hernandez was interviewed for a story on NBC Nightly News about the 43 missing students in Mexico. More info
Judge: Chanos Remarks at Logan Symposium Not Slanderous
A federal judge throws out a defamation lawsuit against investor James Chanos for comments he made about Macau gambling operators during the IRP’s Logan Symposium in April. More info
Bergman Speaks at Logan Symposium UK
IRP Director Lowell Bergman addressed the inaugural Logan Symposium in London on Dec. 5. The three-day event was organized by the Centre for Investigative Journalism (UK) and marked the international expansion of the IRP’s annual Logan Symposium in Investigative Reporting held at UC Berkeley since 2007. More info
Actress Eva Longoria Cites IRP Doc
In an op-ed piece for the Huffington Post on the unfair treatment of farm workers, actress Eva Longoria mentions the PBS Frontline documentary “Rape in the Fields,” co-produced and reported by UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program. More info
CA Gov. Signs Bill to Fight Sexual Harassment of Farmworkers
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that aims to combat the sexual harassment of the state’s farmworkers. The bill was introduced in response to “Rape in the Fields,” a collaboration among The Center for Investigative Reporting, the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, KQED-FM, PBS Frontline and Univision. More info
Former IRP Fellow Named FCIR Exec Director
Former IRP fellow (2010-2011) Trevor Aaronson has been named executive director of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. He will start his new position Oct. 1. More info
Abbie VanSickle has joined the IRP as a reporter, beginning September 22, 2014. VanSickle started her journalism career at the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times), where she covered crime and breaking news for four years. Full bio
“Rape in the Fields” Documentary Nominated for Emmy
The PBS Frontline documentary “Rape in the Fields,” co-produced and reported by UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program (IRP), has been nominated for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Investigative Journalism (long-form) category. This year’s winners will be announced on Sept. 30.
A KQED radio story titled, “Farmworkers Face Sexual Harassment,” won first place for Public Radio News Directors Inc. award in the enterprise/investigative large newsrooms category.