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.
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.
Kerry Smith is the senior vice president of editorial quality for ABC News. In this role, she is
responsible for the editorial standards for all multimedia platforms and heads up the editorial
review process for Lincoln Square Productions, which produces nonfiction programming,
documentaries and scripted content for broadcast, cable and digital distribution.
A former investigative producer, Smith has produced documentaries, news programing
and special events broadcasts for ABC News. Her work has been honored with Peabody,
DuPont and Emmy awards for long-form journalism and breaking news coverage.
Smith serves on the board of directors for Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues
(RISC) and The International Women’s Media Foundation. She is also a member of the
Advisory Boards of the nonprofit journalism organizations ProPublica and TheGroundTruth
Project, and is a member of the leadership council on The Committee to Protect Journalists.
She was a 2015 Sulzberger Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University.
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.