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  • Monika Bauerlein (moderator)

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    Monika Bauerlein is CEO of Mother Jones. She was previously co-editor in chief and investigations editor. She is obsessed with building a reader-supported model for journalism and fighting the forces of darkness.

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  • Lowell Bergman

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    Lowell Bergman is founder of the Investigative Reporting Program and the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism where he has taught a seminar dedicated to investigative reporting for more than 20 years. He was a senior producer and consultant to PBS Frontline until 2015. In 2004, Bergman received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, awarded to The New York Times for “A Dangerous Business,” which detailed a foundry company’s safety and environmental violations. For 22 years, Bergman was a producer in network television news, including 14 years at CBS’s 60 Minutes. Bergman has received numerous Emmys and other awards, including six Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver and Gold Batons, three Peabodys and a Polk Award.

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  • Erwin Chemerinsky

    Erwin Chemerinsky became the 13th Dean of Berkeley Law in July 2017, when he joined the faculty as the Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law. Prior to assuming this position, from 2008-2017, he was the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at University of California, Irvine School of Law.  Before that, he was the Alston and Bird Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke University and a professor at the University of Southern California Law School. He teaches constitutional law, First Amendment law, federal courts, criminal procedure, and appellate litigation. He is the author of ten books, including “The Case Against the Supreme Court” (Viking, 2014). He writes a weekly column for the Sacramento Bee and monthly columns for the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal. In January 2017, National Jurist magazine again named him as the most influential person in legal education in the U.S.

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  • Valeria Fernández

    Valeria Fernández has been reporting on Arizona’s immigrant community and the many angles and faces of the immigration debate for over 15 years. Fernández is a recipient of the 2018 American Mosaic Journalism Prize awarded by the Heising-Simons Foundation for freelance journalists doing long-form narrative covering underrepresented or misrepresented communities. She currently freelances for CNN Español, Radio Bilingue, PRI’s Global Nation and The World, Al Jazeera English, Phoenix New Times, and The Guardian. Fernández co-directed and produced “Two Americans,” a documentary that parallels the stories of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a nine-year-old U.S. citizen whose parents were arrested by the sheriff’s deputies during a workplace immigration raid. The film aired on Al Jazeera America in 2013.  

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  • Marisa Kwiatkowski

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    Marisa Kwiatkowski is an investigative reporter for The Indianapolis Star. She handles investigations relating to social services issues, including child abuse and neglect, poverty, elder abuse, human trafficking, domestic violence and access to mental health services.  In 2016, Kwiatkowski and her colleagues launched an investigation into USA Gymnastics that revealed top officials at the sport’s national governing body failed to report many allegations of sexual abuse by coaches and showed how predators exploited a lax culture to prey on children. As a result of the series, more than 250 women came forward with allegations of sexual abuse against longtime team physician Larry Nassar, who was convicted of criminal charges and sent to prison. Kwiatkowski has earned more than 40 journalism awards, including Indiana Journalist of the Year, IRE’s Tom Renner Award and a Sigma Delta Chi Award in public service. Kwiatkowski has earned more than 40 journalism awards, including Indiana Journalist of the Year, IRE’s Tom Renner Award and a Sigma Delta Chi Award in public service.

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  • Stephanie McCrummen

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    Stephanie McCrummen is a national enterprise reporter for The Washington Post. Previously, she was the paper’s East Africa bureau chief based in Nairobi. She has also reported from Egypt, Iraq and Mexico, among other places. She joined The Post in 2004 as a metro reporter covering the suburban housing boom. Before that, she was a reporter for Newsday in New York.

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  • Vann Newkirk

    Vann R. Newkirk II is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers politics and policy, with a focus on health policy, civil rights, and environmental justice. Prior to working at The Atlantic, Newkirk worked as a staff writer at Daily Kos. In 2018, Newkirk was named one of the five winners of the American Society of Magazine Editors ASME Next Award for outstanding achievement by magazine journalists under the age of 30. In 2017, Newkirk was named to The Root‘s Root 100, a list of influential African Americans in media.

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  • Paul Pringle

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    Paul Pringle is a Los Angeles Times reporter who specializes in investigating corruption. He was a member of reporting teams that won Pulitzer Prizes in 2004 and 2011. In 2009, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Pringle won the George Polk Award in 2008, the same year the Society of Professional Journalists of Greater Los Angeles honored him as a distinguished journalist.  In 2012, he shared in Harvard University’s Worth Bingham Prize. Pringle won the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s First Amendment Award in 2014 and the University of Florida’s Joseph L. Brechner Award in 2015. He received the 2017 Fraud Fighter award for investigative journalism from the Los Angeles chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Before joining The Times, Pringle served as West Coast bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News. He earlier was Los Angeles bureau chief for Copley News Service, covering the region for The San Diego Union-Tribune and other Copley newspapers.

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  • Melissa Segura

    Melissa Segura is an investigative reporter with BuzzFeed News.  Her reporting focuses on the intersection of justice, class and race. Segura published a landmark investigation in 2017 detailing how a group of predominantly working class, Latina women from Chicago uncovered evidence suggesting a police detective framed at least 51 of their sons, brothers or husbands. Her series, “Broken Justice in Chicago,” has led to the exoneration of seven men who had each spent decades behind bars. In 2018, the series earned her the George Polk Award in Journalism for local reporting.  Before BuzzFeed News, Segura was a staff writer for Sports Illustrated.

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  • Gabriel Sherman

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    Gabriel Sherman is a special correspondent for Vanity Fair and the author of the New York Times bestselling biography of Fox News founder Roger Ailes, “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” which is currently being adapted into a limited series for Showtime. Previously, Sherman served as national affairs editor at New York magazine and is a regular contributor to NBC News and MSNBC. He lives in New York City with his family.

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  • John Temple (moderator)


    John Temple is director of the Investigative Reporting Program. He 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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  • Edward Wasserman


    Edward Wasserman is professor of journalism and dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley. After a 25-year career as writer, editor and media executive, he served a decade as the Knight Professor of Journalism Ethics at Washington and Lee University, where he taught courses in professional ethics, media ownership and control, and coverage of poverty in news and popular culture. From 2001 to 2015 he wrote a national bi-weekly op-ed column for the McClatchy-Tribune wire. Wasserman has degrees from Yale and the University of Paris, and received his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.

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  • Bernice Yeung

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    Bernice Yeung is an award-winning reporter for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting whose work examines issues related to violence against women, labor and employment, immigration and environmental health. Her work has appeared in outlets such as The New York Times, The Guardian and PBS Frontline. Her work on the “Rape in the Fields” and “Rape on the Night Shift” reporting teams led to ​her first book, “In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers” (The New Press 2018).

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