Madeleine Baran is an investigative reporter for APM Reports and the host and lead reporter of the podcast “In the Dark.” Baran’s work focuses on holding powerful people and institutions accountable. Her reporting has exposed flaws in law enforcement investigations, forensic science, state-run mental health institutions and other areas. In 2013 and 2014, Baran exposed a decades-long cover-up of clergy sexual abuse in the Twin Cities archdiocese. Her reporting led to the resignation of the archbishop, criminal charges against the archdiocese, and lawsuits by victims of clergy sex abuse. In 2015, the archdiocese filed for bankruptcy. Baran’s reporting has also appeared on NPR and has been cited by The New York Times. Baran has received numerous national awards for her reporting, including an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, regarded as the Pulitzer Prize of broadcasting, a George Foster Peabody Award, a Gracie Award, and two national Sigma Delta Chi awards. Baran received her master’s degree in Journalism and French Studies from New York University.
“In the Dark” podcast – Season 2 (APM Reports)
Victoria Baranetsky is general counsel at The Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, Baranetsky was the First Look Legal Fellow for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, a legal counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation, and served as the First Amendment fellow at The New York Times. After graduating from Harvard Law School, she received a master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University and clerked for the Honorable Rosemary Pooler of the Second Circuit. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, a graduate degree from Columbia Journalism School, and currently, is a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. She is barred in California, New York and New Jersey.
Monika Bauerlein (moderator)
Monika Bauerlein is CEO of Mother Jones magazine. Previously, she served as co-editor, spearheading an era of editorial growth and innovation, marked by two National Magazine Awards for general excellence, the addition of a 12-person Washington bureau, and an overhaul of the organization’s digital strategy that grew MotherJones.com’s traffic more than tenfold. She has also worked as Mother Jones’ investigative editor, and as an alternative-weekly editor, a correspondent in Washington, D.C. and at the United Nations, an AP stringer, corporate trainer, translator, sausage slinger, and fishing-line packager.
Carroll Bogert (moderator)
Carroll Bogert is president of The Marshall Project. Bogert was previously deputy executive director at Human Rights Watch, running its award-winning global media operations. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 1998, Bogert spent twelve years as a foreign correspondent for Newsweek in China, Southeast Asia, and the Soviet Union.
Julie K. Brown
Julie K. Brown is an investigative reporter with the Miami Herald. During her 25-year career, she has worked as a general assignment reporter, crime and courts reporter, education reporter, night city editor, enterprise editor and a member of the Herald’s investigative team. Prior to the Herald, she worked for the Philadelphia Daily News and other small suburban Philadelphia papers. She has won numerous journalism awards, including a George Polk Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights story of the year for her 2014 series about abuse and corruption in Florida prisons. She is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia.
“Perversion of Justice” (Miami Herald)
Malachy Browne is a senior story producer at The New York Times, where he specializes in a pioneering form of visual investigation that combines eyewitness media, open source reporting and community engagement. A former computer programmer, Browne began his career in journalism in 2006 as a reporter for the Irish current affairs magazine, Village, where he ran digital features for the magazine’s website, Village.ie. From 2011, Browne was news editor of Storyful, the first social media news agency. Immediately prior to the Times, he worked at Reported.ly, the social journalism arm of First Look Media.
Sewell Chan (moderator)
Sewell Chan joined the Los Angeles Times as a deputy managing editor in September 2018.
He previously worked for 14 years at The New York Times, where he was a metro reporter, Washington correspondent, deputy Op-Ed editor and international news editor. He was part of a team of journalists awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of a scandal that brought down Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York. Chan began his career in 2000 as a reporter at The Washington Post, reporting on local government, education and social services. A native New Yorker, Chan grew up in an immigrant family and was the first in his family to finish college. He graduated from Harvard with a degree in social studies and received a master’s degree in politics from Oxford, where he studied on a British Marshall scholarship.
“The Crazy True Story of Trump Moscow” (BuzzFeed News)
Susanne Craig is an investigative reporter at The New York Times. She writes about the intersection of money and politics and for the past three years has been covering Donald Trump and his finances. She was the reporter who in 2016 was mailed pages of Mr. Trump’s 1995 tax returns and was one of the authors of the investigation The Times published in 2018 that found the president received hundreds of millions of dollars from his father, some of it through fraudulent tax schemes. Previously, Craig was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal and worked at The Globe and Mail. Craig has won numerous awards for her work. She is a graduate of the University of Calgary.
Hannah Dreier is a reporter covering immigration. Previously, she served as the AP’s Venezuela correspondent for three years. She moved to Caracas amid a bloody nationwide protest movement and told the story of the country’s unraveling from hospitals, ports and food lines. Her Venezuela reporting won the Overseas Press Club Hal Boyle Award, a Gerald Loeb Award, and the James Foley Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism. Her 2016 “Venezuela Undone” series was recognized by the Best American Newspaper Narrative Writing Contest and the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
Hannah joined the AP in 2012 as a politics reporter in the Sacramento bureau and later covered the business of gambling from glitzy Las Vegas. Earlier, she was a metro reporter for the Bay Area News Group, which includes The Mercury News and East Bay Times. A graduate of Wesleyan University, she is fluent in Spanish and knows which casino games have lowest house edge.
“The Disappeared” (ProPublica)
Emmanuel Dzotsi is a producer at Serial. He started his career as an intern at NPR member stations, producing segments for WOSU’s call-in show All Sides with Ann Fisher, before reporting for WBEZ in Chicago. He came to This American Life as a fellow in 2016, and joined the Serial team the following year.
Serial: Season 3 (This American Life)
Nima Elbagir is an award-winning senior international correspondent for CNN based in London. She joined CNN in February 2011 as a Johannesburg-based correspondent before moving to the network’s Nairobi bureau and later London. In 2017, Elbagir travelled to Libya to investigate reports of African migrants being sold at slave auctions. Carrying concealed cameras Elbagir witnessed a dozen African migrants auctioned off — some for as little as $400. The report was instrumental in the passage of unprecedented United Nations sanctions against six men identified as traffickers by the U.N. Libya Sanctions Committee in June 2018. It was also recognized with a 2018 George Polk Award in the Foreign Television Reporting category. Other major stories Elbagir has covered include the Ebola outbreak 2014. She was the first international journalist to report from Chibok, Nigeria, where over 250 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014. Elbagir was recently named a recipient of the 2018 Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation. She also received the International Center for Journalist’s Excellence in International Reporting Award in 2018.
“People for Sale” (CNN)
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. 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).
Hany Farid is the Albert Bradley 1915 Third Century Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth. His research focuses on digital forensics, image analysis and human perception. He received his undergraduate degree in computer science and applied mathematics from the University of Rochester in 1989, his M.S. in computer science from SUNY Albany, and his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. Following a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in brain and cognitive sciences at MIT, he joined the faculty at Dartmouth in 1999. Farid is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He is also the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Fourandsix Technologies and a senior adviser to the Counter Extremism Project.
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“In the Age of A.I., Is Seeing Still Believing?” (The New Yorker)
Jane Ferguson is a special correspondent for PBS NewsHour and contributor to NewYorker.com. Based in Beirut, Ferguson has lived in the Middle East for more than 10 years, covering every major story in the region during that time. In 2018, Ferguson was the only U.S. broadcaster to access cut off, rebel-held areas of Yemen where the biggest famine in modern history looms, drawing attention to the U.S. role in a war that has created the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. Ferguson has reported extensively for PBS across the Middle East and Africa, including frontline reports on the battle agains ISIS in Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria, and the civil war and famine in South Sudan. Prior to reporting for PBS, she was a roving correspondent for Al Jazeera English. She was amongst the first journalists to be smuggled into rebel-held Homs during the outbreak of the Syrian civil war and spent a year as Afghanistan correspondent for the network. Her work focuses on insurgent groups, spending time on the ground with rebels from Darfur to Yemen, Syria and Iraq, and the increasing human impact of modern day conflict on civilians.
“Behind Rebel Lines” (PBS NewsHour)
Sheera Frenkel covers cybersecurity for The New York Times from San Francisco. Previously, she spent over a decade in the Middle East as a foreign correspondent reporting from countries ranging from Turkey to Libya and everything in-between. She has reported for BuzzFeed, NPR, The Times of London and McClatchy Newspapers.
Alexa Koenig (moderator)
Alexa Koenig is the executive director of the Human Rights Center (winner of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions) and a lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law, where she teaches classes on human rights and international criminal law with a particular focus on the impact of emerging technologies on human rights practice. She co-founded the Human Rights Investigations Lab, which trains undergraduate and graduate students to use cutting-edge open source methods to support human rights advocacy and accountability. Koenig is co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Future Global Council on Technology and Human Rights, a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, co-chair of the Technology Advisory Board of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, and a founding member of the board of advisors for ARCHER, a UC Berkeley-established nonprofit that leverages technology to make data-driven investigations accessible, smarter and more scalable. She has been honored with several awards for her work, including the Mark Bingham Award for Excellence and the Eleanor Swift Award for Public Service. Her research and commentary have appeared in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, US News and World Report, and elsewhere.
Aliaume Leroy is an open source investigative journalist for BBC Africa Eye, the Africa-focused investigations unit of the BBC World Service. He is also a member of the Bellingcat Investigation Team, where he concentrates his research on Latin America and delivers training in open source investigation tools and techniques. Before, he was a campaigner on the Conflict & Fragile States strand at the NGO Global Witness.
“Anatomy of Killing” (BBC Africa Eye)
Al Letson (moderator)
Al Letson is host of the Center for Investigative Reporting’s hour-long investigative journalism show, Reveal. Reveal has gained a large audience and is heard on over 400 public radio stations and over 1 million downloads a month. In 2016 Letson launched his own podcast, showcasing a little bit of errthang. Errthang is just that, everything: storytelling, radio drama, pop culture reviews, and interviews. Prior to Reveal, Letson created, hosted, and executive produced State of the Re:Union (SOTRU). Every episode SOTRU examined America through the lens of community. The program aired on more than 300 NPR stations, receiving critical acclaim, and numerous awards, including a Peabody Award (2014), three consecutive National Edward R. Murrow Awards (2012, 2013, 2014). Letson got his start on stage as a performance poet where he established himself as a heavyweight in the Poetry Slam community, being a featured on venues such as HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and CBS’s 2004 Final Four PreGame. A self-described comic nerd, in 2017 Letson was picked by DC Comics to join the DC Comics Writer’s Workshop. While it may seem like his interests are varied, they are all aspects of who Al Letson is, a storyteller for the new millennium.
Mackenzie Mays is a reporter joining Politico’s new California bureau. While working as an investigative reporter at the Fresno Bee since 2015, her stories about Rep. Devin Nunes and teen pregnancy ignited unusually personal attacks against her. (Read about it in GQ and the Columbia Journalism Review.)
David McCraw is vice president and deputy general counsel at The New York Times, where he serves as the paper’s top newsroom lawyer. He has been at The Times since 2002. He is the author of a new book “Truth in Our Times” (St. Martin’s Press, 2019). He is also a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School. Mr. McCraw previously served as Deputy General Counsel of The New York Daily News.
Andy Mills has been a producer and reporter at The New York Times since September 2016. He helped create “The Daily” podcast, which won a duPont Award in 2018, was Apple’s most downloaded new podcast in 2017 and the over all most downloaded podcast in 2018. He also created and produced “Caliphate,” which won the inaugural award for Best Audio Documentary at the 34th annual International Documentary Association awards and was named among the best podcast of 2018 by Apple, The New Yorker, Vulture, Wired and Esquire. Mills joined The Times after five years reporting and producing stories for Radiolab. His work has been published in The New York Times, NPR, ABC and hundreds of public radio stations.
“Caliphate” (The New York Times)
Elisa Lees Muñoz
Elisa Lees Muñoz is executive director of the International Women’s Media Foundation. She leads the organization to achieve its mission to support women journalists to develop their careers by providing training, tools and assistance so that they can work as safely as possible. She enhances the IWMF’s brand, and delivers the annual Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards and the Courage in Photojournalism Award. She is charged with growing the IWMF by expanding its programs into new geographies; introducing new initiatives such as Hostile Environments and First Aid Training (HEFAT); partnering with other organizations; and driving communications and outreach to our core constituents. Muñoz has been a human rights activist since graduating from the University of Maryland with an MA degree in International Relations.
Michael Rothfeld is an investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal, based in New York. Previously, he has worked on the paper’s financial investigations team and in its law bureau. Rothfeld has covered stories from Donald Trump’s candidacy and presidency to the aftermath of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. He was among a group of Journal reporters to win a George Polk award for coverage of insider trading in 2011. He has been a newspaper reporter since 1995. In the past, Rothfeld covered politics, government, crime and other assignments at the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, winning a Pulitzer traveling fellowship in 1998 which he used to spend a month in Cuba.
Gerard Ryle is ICIJ’s director. He led the worldwide teams of journalists working on the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers investigations, the biggest in journalism history. Under his leadership over the past seven years, ICIJ has become one of the best-known journalism brands in the world. Before joining as ICIJ’s first non-American director in September 2011, Ryle spent more than 20 years working as an investigative reporter and editor in Australia.
His work as a journalist began in his native Ireland. Ryle is a book author and TED speaker and he has won or shared in more than 50 journalism awards from seven different countries, including the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, three George Polk Awards, and honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, Overseas Press Club of America, the New York Press Club, the Barlett and Steele Awards, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and Harvard University.
Christa Scharfenberg (moderator)
Christa Scharfenberg is CEO of The Center for Investigative Reporting. She joined CIR in 2003 as communications manager and has been a leader in its growth from a small nonprofit news organization, producing a handful of stories a year, to a multiplatform newsroom that reaches millions of people monthly through public radio, podcasts, documentaries, social media and the web. She managed the launch and growth of Reveal, CIR’s Peabody Award and duPont-Columbia University Award-winning national public radio show and podcast, produced with PRX. She has been an executive or senior producer of documentaries for CIR, including the Academy Award-nominated film “Heroin(e),” numerous FRONTLINE co-productions and the independent film “Banished,” which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Scharfenberg was a 2014 Punch Sulzberger Program fellow at Columbia University Journalism School. Prior to joining CIR, she was associate director of the Film Arts Foundation in San Francisco. She is based in CIR’s Emeryville, California, office.
Mark Schoofs (moderator)
Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Schoofs leads investigative journalism programming at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism. Before joining USC, he launched and led the global investigations team at BuzzFeed News. There, his reporters exonerated the wrongfully imprisoned, uncovered abuse at America’s largest psychiatric hospital company, revealed abuse and neglect at America’s largest for-profit foster care company, and exposed how the United Kingdom turned a blind eye to 14 suspected Russian assassinations on British soil. Work he oversaw won a Polk and a National Magazine Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize two years in a row. Prior to BuzzFeed, Schoofs was a senior editor at ProPublica, working with investigative reporters covering a wide range of topics, from Wall Street to the environment. For more than a decade, he was a foreign correspondent and investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal. While a reporter with The Village Voice, he was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for an eight-part series that detailed the devastating impact of the AIDS crisis in Africa. He was also part of The Wall Street Journal team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center.
Alex Stamos is a cybersecurity expert, business leader and entrepreneur working to improve the security and safety of the Internet through his teaching and research at Stanford University. Stamos is an adjunct professor at Stanford’s Freeman-Spogli Institute, a William J. Perry Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, and a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution. Prior to joining Stanford, Stamos served as the Chief Security Officer of Facebook. During his time at Facebook, he led the company’s investigation into manipulation of the 2016 U.S. election and helped pioneer several successful protections against these new classes of abuse. As a senior executive, Stamos represented Facebook and Silicon Valley to regulators, lawmakers and civil society on six continents, and has served as a bridge between the interests of the Internet policy community and the complicated reality of platforms operating at billion-user scale. Before joining Facebook, Stamos was the Chief Information Security Officer at Yahoo, rebuilding a storied security team while dealing with multiple assaults by nation-state actors. While at Yahoo, he led the company’s response to the Snowden disclosures by implementing massive cryptographic improvements in his first months.
“Yes, Facebook made mistakes in 2016. But we weren’t the only ones.” (The Washington Post)
Sarah Stillman is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is also the director of the Global Migration Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she teaches a course on covering immigration and refugee issues. She has written on topics ranging from civil forfeiture to debtors’ prisons and from Mexico’s drug cartels to Bangladesh’s garment-factory workers. She won the 2012 National Magazine Award for Public Interest for her reporting from Iraq and Afghanistan on labor abuses and human trafficking on United States military bases, and also received the Michael Kelly Award, the Overseas Press Club’s Joe and Laurie Dine Award for international human-rights reporting, and the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism. Her reporting on the high-risk use of young people as confidential informants in the war on drugs received a George Polk Award and the Molly National Journalism Prize. Before joining The New Yorker, Stillman wrote about America’s wars overseas and the challenges facing soldiers at home for The Washington Post, The Nation, newrepublic.com, Slate, and theatlantic.com. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2016.
“When Deportation Is a Death Sentence” (The New Yorker)
John Temple (moderator)
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.
Matt Thompson is the new editor in chief at The Center for Investigative Reporting. In this role, he will oversee the award-winning newsroom, including the revealnews.org website, Reveal public radio show and podcast produced with PRX, short- and long-form television and documentary projects, and collaborations with news organizations across the country. Thompson comes from The Atlantic, where as executive editor, overseeing major editorial projects and new initiatives, such as the launch of the magazine’s podcasting unit, membership strategy and talent development teams. In his time as deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com, he helped lead the magazine’s digital team through three record-breaking years of audience growth. Previously, he was director of vertical initiatives for NPR, where he created several broadcast and digital journalism teams, including Code Switch and NPR Ed. He is a former board member of the Center for Public Integrity, where he served for eight years. In addition to his time at The Atlantic and NPR, Thompson has been an editor and reporter for news organizations around the country, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Fresno Bee and the Poynter Institute.