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  • Raney Aronson-Rath

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    Raney Aronson-Rath is the executive producer of FRONTLINE, PBS’ flagship investigative journalism series, and is a leading voice on the future of journalism. She been internationally recognized for her work to expand FRONTLINE’s reporting capacity and reimagine the documentary form across multiple platforms. From the battle for control of Mosul to the hidden history of the NFL and concussions, and the rise of white supremacy groups in America, Aronson-Rath oversees FRONTLINE’s acclaimed reporting on air and online and directs the series’ evolution and editorial vision. A leading voice on narrative journalism, documentary filmmaking, and visual storytelling, Aronson-Rath pioneered a collaborative model for investigative journalism that The New York Times described as “increasingly important … as a way to reach new viewers and produce more in-depth reports.” She has developed and managed nearly 30 in-depth, cross-platform journalism partnerships with outlets including ProPublica, The New York Times and Univision — and has significantly grown both FRONTLINE’s broadcast and digital audiences in the process. Under her leadership, FRONTLINE has won every major award in broadcast journalism and dramatically expanded its digital footprint.  Aronson-Rath joined FRONTLINE in 2007 as a senior producer. She was named deputy executive producer by David Fanning, the series’ founder, in 2012, and then became executive producer in 2015. Before managing FRONTLINE, Aronson-Rath produced several notable FRONTLINE documentaries including News War, The Last Abortion Clinic, The Jesus Factor, Law & Disorder, and Post Mortem. Prior to FRONTLINE, Aronson-Rath worked at ABC News and The Wall Street Journal. 

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  • Madeleine Baran

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    Madeleine Baran is an investigative reporter for APM Reports and the host and lead reporter of the podcast “In the Dark.” She received the 2018 George Polk Award for “In the Dark: Season Two” about death-row inmate Curtis Flowers who has been tried and convicted six times. 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. In addition to the Polk Award, Baran has been honored with 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.

    RECENT STORY:

    “In the Dark” podcast – Season 2 (APM Reports)

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  • Victoria Baranetsky

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    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. 

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  • Monika Bauerlein (moderator)

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    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.

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  • Lowell Bergman

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    Lowell Bergman is the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism, where he has taught investigative reporting for more than 25 years. He 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.

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  • Carroll Bogert (moderator)

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    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.

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  • Julie K. Brown

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    Julie K. Brown is an investigative reporter with the Miami Herald. During her 25-year career, she has worked for a number of newspapers as a general assignment reporter, crime and courts reporter, education reporter, night city editor and enterprise editor. Since 2013, she has been a member of the Herald’s investigative team. She won a Polk Award for justice reporting for “Perversion of Justice,” a series about how a federal prosecutor now in President Trump’s cabinet helped a wealthy sexual predator avoid a lengthy prison sentence in Florida. In 2014, she won a Polk Award for her 2014 series about abuse and corruption in Florida prisons, which also garnered the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights story of the year. Prior to the Herald, she worked for the Philadelphia Daily News. She is a graduate of Temple University.

    RECENT STORY:

    Perversion of Justice (Miami Herald)

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  • Malachy Browne

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    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.

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  • Carole Cadwalladr

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    Carole Cadwalladr is a journalist for The Guardian and The Observer in the UK. Her investigation into Cambridge Analytica, which she shared with The New York Times,  resulted in Mark Zuckerberg being called before Congress and Facebook losing more than $100 billion of its share price. Investigations into the company’s use of data are still ongoing all over the world. Cadwalladr has also uncovered multiple crimes committed during the European referendum and evidence of Russian interference in Brexit. 

    RECENT STORY:

    The Cambridge Analytica Files (The Guardian / The Observer)

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  • Sewell Chan (moderator)

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    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. 

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  • Anthony Cormier

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    RECENT STORIES:

    President Trump Directed His Attorney Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project (BuzzFeed News)

    The Trump Organization Planned To Give Vladimir Putin The $50 Million Penthouse In Trump Tower (BuzzFeed News)

    The Planners of The Trump Tower Meeting Moved Millions, And Mueller Is Now Investigating (BuzzFeed News)

    The Crazy True Story of Trump Moscow (BuzzFeed News)

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  • Susanne Craig

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    Susanne Craig is an investigative reporter for The New York Times and has been covering Donald Trump’s finances since 2016.  She won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting for an investigation she co-authored of President Trump’s family finances, which uncovered a series of dubious tax schemes. Prior to joining The Times, Craig was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal.  She is Canadian and has also worked at The Globe and Mail, that country’s national newspaper.

    RECENT STORY:

    Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches from His Father (The New York Times)

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  • Hannah Dreier

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    Hannah Dreier covers immigration for ProPublica. She won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for a series of stories she wrote about a botched police crackdown on the gang MS-13 on Long Island. Previously, she served as the Associated Press’ Venezuela correspondent. 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. She also covered California politics and the business of gambling for AP. Her reporting has led to the passage of new laws and the implementation of international sanctions. Dreier’s ProPublica series is the winner of this year’s John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim Award for excellence in criminal justice reporting, and has been recognized by the Peabody Awards and Hillman Prizes.

    RECENT STORY:

    The Disappeared (ProPublica)

    The Hunted (ProPublica)

    A Betrayal (ProPublica)

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  • Emmanuel Dzotsi

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    Emmanuel Dzotsi was a reporter and producer on the third season of 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. He recently joined Gimlet Media’s Reply All, where he’ll be telling stories about the internet and technology.

    PODCAST:

    Serial: Season 3 (This American Life)

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  • Stephen Engelberg

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    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).

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  • Hany Farid

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    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.

    IN THE NEWS:

    In the Age of A.I., Is Seeing Still Believing?” (The New Yorker)

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  • Jane Ferguson

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    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 since journalists were banned from the area by the Saudi-led coalition, drawing attention to the U.S. role in a war that has created the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. For this work, she won the 2018 George Polk Award for Foreign Television Reporting. 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.

    RECENT STORIES:

    Behind Rebel Lines (PBS NewsHour)

    Is Intentional Starvation the Future of War? (The New Yorker)

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  • Sheera Frenkel

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    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.

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  • Alexa Koenig (moderator)

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    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. 

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  • David H. Laufman

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    David H. Laufman is a Washington DC attorney specializing in government investigations, corporate compliance counseling, and sensitive national security matters. From December 2014 to February 2018, Laufman served as Chief of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section in the National Security Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. As Chief of CES, he had supervisory responsibility within DOJ for the investigation and prosecution of offenses concerning U.S. export controls and economic sanctions, atomic energy and counterproliferation, espionage, the unauthorized retention and disclosure of classified information, economic espionage, foreign agent registration and disclosure, and cyber intrusions and attacks by nation states and their proxies. He also oversaw the investigation of Hillary Clinton concerning allegations that classified information was improperly stored or transmitted on a personal email server during her tenure as Secretary of State. Prior to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III, Laufman also oversaw the investigation of Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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  • Sean Lavery

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    Sean Lavery is the director of research for The New Yorker’s Web site and oversees its fact-checking team. He has worked at The New Yorker in various editorial roles since 2014. In addition to his work at the magazine, Lavery has done fact-checking for several nonfiction books, including Leslie Jamison’s “The Recovering” and Jill Lepore’s “These Truths: A History of the United States.” Lavery is a graduate of Northwestern University and has previously reported for the Boston Globe.

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  • Aliaume Leroy

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    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.

    RECENT STORY:

    Anatomy of Killing” (BBC Africa Eye)

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  • Al Letson (moderator)

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    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.

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  • Mackenzie Mays

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    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.)

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  • David McCraw

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    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.

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  • Fergus McIntosh

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    Fergus McIntosh is the co-deputy head of fact-checking at The New Yorker. His work at the magazine has included Ronan Farrow’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series on Harvey Weinstein, investigations of Cabinet members and computer networks, and profiles of people smugglers, film-makers, and philosophers. He fact-checked Patrick Keefe’s recent investigative history of the troubles in Northern Ireland (“Say Nothing”), and writes about arts and music.

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  • Andy Mills

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    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.

    RECENT PODCAST:

    Caliphate (The New York Times)

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  • Tonya Mosley (moderator)

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    Tonya Mosley is the Silicon Valley bureau chief for KQED and the host of the podcast “Truth Be Told.” She serves as the senior editor, leading a team of journalists covering the impacts of technology companies on the South Bay and society. Prior to KQED, Mosley served as a television reporter & anchor for several media outlets, including Al Jazeera America. In 2015, Tonya was awarded a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University where she co-created a workshop for journalists on the impacts of implicit bias, and co-wrote a Belgian/American experimental study on the effects of protest coverage. Mosley has won several national awards for her work, most recently an Emmy Award in 2016 for her televised piece “Beyond Ferguson,” and a national Edward R. Murrow award for her public radio series “Black in Seattle.”

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  • Elisa Lees Muñoz

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    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. 

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  • Christina Passariello

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    Christina Passariello is The Washington Post‘s tech editor, based in San Francisco. She oversees a critical and expanding area of coverage for The Washington Post, running a talented team of reporters in Washington, New York and San Francisco. She previously worked at The Wall Street Journal for nearly 14 years, most recently as deputy technology editor in its San Francisco bureau. There, she helped guide some of the biggest technology stories of the year, including Russia’s alleged use of U.S. social media platforms before and after the 2016 election, Amazon’s aggressive expansion into new arenas and Google’s high-profile lawsuit against Uber for the alleged theft of trade secrets. 

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  • Raja Razek

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    Raja Razek is an award-winning investigative journalist who has a decade of experience working in hostile environments, including conflict and disaster zones. She has covered ISIS, the Arab Spring, and the wars in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and Iraq. She won a Peabody for her work inside Syria and most recently, a George Polk award and a Royal Television Society award for her work uncovering the Libya slave markets for CNN.

    RECENT STORY:

    People for Sale (CNN)

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  • Michael Rothfeld

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    Michael Rothfeld is an investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal, based in New York. He won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for his coverage of hush-money payments to two women who said they had affairs with President Trump. Previously, he 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 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 Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

    RECENT STORIES:

    Trump Lawyer Arranged $130,000 Payment for Adult Film Star’s Silence (Wall Street Journal)

    Trump Lawyer Used Private Company, Pseudonyms to Pay Porn Star ‘Stormy Daniels’ (Wall Street Journal)

    Donald Trump Player Central Role in Hush Payoffs to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal (Wall Street Journal)

     

     

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  • Gerard Ryle

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    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.

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  • Christa Scharfenberg (moderator)

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    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.

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  • Mark Schoofs (moderator)

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    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.

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  • Sarah Stillman

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    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 won this year’s National Magazine Award for Public Interest for “No Refuge” about the violent fate that many immigrants in the U.S. face if they are sent back to their home countries. She also won the 2012 National Magazine Award for Public Interest for her reporting from Iraq and Afghanistan on labor abuses and human trafficking on U.S. military bases, and also received the Michael Kelly Award, an Overseas Press Club award, 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 Polk Award and the Molly National Journalism Prize. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2016.

    RECENT STORY:

    When Deportation Is a Death Sentence (The New Yorker)

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  • John Temple (moderator)

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    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.

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  • Matt Thompson

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    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.

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  • Edward Wasserman

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    Edward Wasserman is professor of journalism and dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the UC Berkeley. Before coming to Berkeley in 2013, he was for 10 years the Knight Chair in Journalism Ethics at Washington and Lee University, having spent 25 years in business journalism as reporter, editor, columnist and CEO. He writes and speaks widely on matters related to media rights and wrongs, technological change, and media ownership and control. His academic specialties include plagiarism, source relations, confidentiality, and conflict of interest.

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