Ron Nixon is a Washington correspondent for the New York Times who covers federal regulatory agencies. He has covered stories ranging from the U.S. role in the Arab Spring to the US government’s domestic surveillance programs at the US Postal Service and the Transportation Security Administration. Nixon has also reported from Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Prior to The Times, Nixon was database editor at Minneapolis Star Tribune and a member of the paper’s investigative team. Before working at the Star-Tribune, Nixon was on the national training staff of Investigative Reporters and Editors and worked as reporter at the Roanoke Times in Virginia.
He is author of the book Selling Apartheid: Apartheid South Africa’s Global Propaganda War (Jacana Media, June 2015).
Ron is also co-founded two news-related startups: The Ujima Project and TruthBeTold.com.
The Ujima Project, which started in 2009, is a online portal of databases, documents and other information that attempts to bring transparency to the workings and spending of Africa governments, multinational non-governmental organizations and business enterprise operating in African countries. He was a featured speaker at the 2009 TedX talks in Kampala, Uganda discussing the Ujima Project and transparency in development.
TruthBeTold.com, which begin 2015, is a non-profit, non-partisan fact-checking website and digital network, run and edited from Howard University’s Department of Media, Journalism and Film in the School of Communication. It will use journalistic skills and crowd-sourced information to play a leading role by examining claims about the black community in public debate.
Ron is currently the visiting associate for Journalism and Media Studies at The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and was the 2013-14 Hearst Visiting Professional at Howard University in Washington, DC.
Ricardo Sandoval Palos
Ricardo Sandoval-Palos is a supervising editor with National Public Radio’s Morning Edition show. Previously, he was a researcher for Human Rights Watch and an editor at the Center for Public Integrity. Before that he was an assistant metro editor at the Sacramento Bee, where his reporters covered health, transportation and environmental issues. Ricardo also was a Latin America correspondent, based in Mexico City, for the Dallas Morning News and Knight Ridder Newspapers. He has written extensively about drug trafficking and investigated the serial murders of women in Ciudad Juarez. Ricardo’s career has spanned three decades and includes award-winning coverage of the savings and loan scandal and the deregulation of public utility companies. His list of awards includes the Overseas Press Club and the Inter-American Press Association, for “Lost in Transit,” a probe of profiteering in the international remittance business; and the Gerald Loeb prize for business journalism — for a series on spending by public utilities. He co-authored of the biography “The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement” published by Harcourt. He was born in Mexico and raised in California.
Diana Jean Schemo
Diana Jean Schemo is president, co-founder and executive editor of 100Reporters, and founding director of Double Exposure: The Investigative Film Festival and Symposium. She is an author and award-winning veteran national and foreign correspondent, with more than 25 years at The New York Times and The Baltimore Sun. She has covered poverty and child abuse, religion and culture. The Times nominated her coverage of education for a Pulitzer Prize in 2003. Her stories have appeared in Ms., Marie Claire, New York and The New York Times magazines. Diana is the author of the 2010 book Skies to Conquer: A Year Inside the Air Force Academy (Wiley). She has reported from more than 25 countries and regions of the world, including Somalia.
Lori E. Gold
Lori E. Gold served on the founding board of 100Reporters as secretary from 2011 to 2015 and on the founding board of Double Exposure: The Investigative Film Festival and Symposium in 2015. She is president of Lori Gold Consulting, Inc., which advises nonprofit organizations on fundraising, strategic planning and long-term sustainability. She is one of a handful of nationally certified grant professionals in the United States. As a civic activist, Ms. Gold fought the illegal taking of residents’ property by the state of Florida, which the state did for the economic benefit of businesses. She successfully advocated before the state Senate for a law that made partial restitution to millions of affected residents. She also helped send a corrupt agency director to prison, upon discovering that he was siphoning off millions in public dollars. She earned degrees from Columbia University/Barnard College and New York University/Stern School of Business.