Lowell Bergman is the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism at the UC Berkeley 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. Bergman began his career with the alternative press as a freelancer for Ramparts magazine and as an editor at Rolling Stone. He co-founded the Center for Investigative Reporting in 1977, and soon after joined ABC News where he eventually became director of investigative reporting and an original producer at 20/20. In 1983, Bergman joined 60 Minutes, where over the course of 14 years he produced more than 50 segments, including stories on organized crime, arms and drug trafficking, terrorism and corporate crime. His 60 Minutes investigation of the tobacco industry was dramatized in the Academy Award-nominated feature film The Insider.
Gary L. Bostwick has been a trial attorney for more than 35 years, and is also certified as a specialist in appellate law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He has tried more than 70 cases. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an exclusive organization that only invites members with outstanding trial experience. He has been prominent in many complex business litigation and constitutional law matters, with a special emphasis on First Amendment and media concerns. He has represented clients as counsel in three different matters heard by the United States Supreme Court. Chambers USA and The Legal 500 US recognized him as one of California’s leading media and entertainment lawyers. He is a rated Super Lawyer 2004-2016 and is listed as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” and the Lawyer of the Year, 2012, in the First Amendment area. He is trilingual and trains personnel at several Spanish-language outlets. Bostwick has a J.D. and M.Pub.Policy. from UC Berkeley.
Thomas R. Burke is a partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in San Francisco, where he practices media law, intellectual property, and First Amendment law and is co-chair of DWT’s national media law practice. He has nearly three decades of trial and appellate court experience defending clients (including journalists, authors, publishers, documentary filmmakers, television networks, studios, and Internet companies) in libel, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, IP, and reporters’ privilege matters. He also provides production-related counseling for entertainment clients, vets scripts, books, and documentaries, and litigates high-profile public records act matters. Mr. Burke is a Continuing Lecturer at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught media law since 2002. He is also outside counsel to The Center for Investigative Reporting.
Dawn Porter is a documentary filmmaker whose first feature, “Gideon’s Army,” won the Sundance Film Festival Editing Award in 2013 and later broadcast on HBO. The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit award and an Emmy. Porter’s other films have appeared on PBS’s Independent Lens, OWN and the Discovery Channel. Her latest project, “Trapped,” explores the impact of laws regulating abortion clinics in the south. It premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking. Prior to her work as a filmmaker, Porter was director of standards and practices at ABC News and vice president of standards and practices at A&E Television Networks. She graduated from Swarthmore College and Georgetown Law Center and practiced law at the firm of Baker & Hostetler for five years.
Award-winning journalist Kerry Smith is the senior vice president of editorial quality for ABC. A former investigative producer, Smith has led investigative teams and produced documentaries, news programming and special events broadcasts for ABC News. As senior vice president of editorial quality, she is responsible for the editorial standards for all ABC News multimedia platforms. She also responsible for editorial review of Lincoln Square Productions, which produces nonfiction and scripted content for broadcast, cable and digital distribution. Smith is a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of the International Women’s Media Foundation and the nonprofit investigative journalism organization ProPublica . She is a member of the Board of Directors of Reporters Instructed In Saving Colleagues (RISC) and Girls Write Now.
As director of the IRP, John Temple oversees all editorial projects at the IRP. He also teaches a course on investigative reporting at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Before joining the IRP as managing editor in 2016, 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.