Wanjohi Kabukuru is the Eastern African correspondent of New African the oldest English language, pan-African monthly magazine published in London and distributed in over 100 countries. He also writes on the environment and security affairs for Diplomat East Africa, the leading East African regional diplomatic affairs magazine. Prior to becoming an international journalist he was formerly an investigative reporter covering human rights and environmental justice for The People’s Daily in Kenya. Kabukuru contributes articles to Radio France International (RFI), the Mail and Guardian, Inter Press Service among other media entities. His coverage has won numerous awards, and he a former editor of Zwazo magazine in Seychelles. Kabukuru has presented papers in media conferences across the globe and is a member of several international professional media bodies.
Khadija Sharife is a journalist, researcher and visiting scholar at the Center for Civil Society (CCS) based in South Africa, and a contributor to the Tax Justice Network. She is the Southern Africa correspondent for The Africa Report magazine, assistant editor of the Harvard “World Poverty and Human Rights” journal and author of Tax Us If You Can (Africa). Her work has appeared in African Business, Forbes, The Economist, Foreign Policy, BBC, Le Monde Diplomatique, London Review of Books, African Banker and other publications. She is currently completing her masters of law (international business).
Andrew Marshall is a freelance journalist based in Asia. He writes mainly about Asian politics, human rights, political risk, and media ethics. From 2010 to June 2011, he had served as Reuters deputy editor for emerging and frontier Asia. He has reported for Reuters from Jakarta, served as deputy bureau chief in Bangkok, bureau chief in Baghdad, and managing editor for the Middle East, where he was Reuters’s chief correspondent for political risk. He has reported from more than three dozen countries, covering conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories and East Timor, and political upheaval in Israel, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand and Burma. He regularly gives presentations to corporate executives and finance industry analysts on political risk, dealing with risk as a manager, and on predicting future political and social trends in Asia. He received his degree from the University of Cambridge.
Kishore Nepal is the chief editor of Shukrabar, a weekly tabloid of the Nepal Republic Media Pvt. Ltd., which contains stories of an investigative and cultural nature. His areas of interest include investigative reporting and rural based journalism. In Nepal, he started a weekly newspaper and encouraged young journalists to work in investigative journalism. In 2001, suffering under Maoist insurgency and people crying for peace, he conceived, anchored and broadcast a weekly TV program, Mat-Abhimat (Opinions and Thoughts), based on local rural realities. He has written for the Nepali Times, a popular English weekly, and has worked for Reuters from Kathmandu for three years from 1987 to 1990. He has received awards from the Press Council of Nepal, the Federation of Nepali Journalists, and the Nepal Government. He received an M.A. in rural development from Tribhuvan University and studied communications in the East-West Center of Hawaii University as a Jefferson Fellow.
Saritha Rai has spent her journalistic career tracking diverse subjects such as globalization, the technology industry and social change. For six years, she was the India-based business reporter for The New York Times, writing about the economy, outsourcing, liberalization and change. She has written for the International Herald Tribune, served as the technology correspondent for Time magazine’s Asia edition, and was the editor of the online edition of the Economic Times, India’s No. 1 business newspaper. She has worked with India Today, the country’s most widely-read newsmagazine, and The Telegraph, one of India’s largest newspapers. She is also a contributor to the online Global Post. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Forbes, Worth, and Ode. She was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University where she focused on business, the Internet, and emerging technologies. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Bangalore University.
Tamás Bodoky is a freelance investigative journalist based in Budapest, Hungary. He has written about science, technology, the environment, human rights issues, corruption, organized crime cases, police brutality, and green politics. Before joining Index.hu, where he works as a journalist and editor, he was a science and technology journalist at the Magyar Narancs weekly. He is editor of Hungarian media studies quarterly MédiakutatÃ³, and teaches journalism at Károli Gáspár University in Budapest. In July 2011 Bodoky co-founded a watchdog NGO and news portal for investigative journalism, atlatszo.hu, where he serves as editor in chief and managing director. He has won the G?bÃ¶lyÃ¶s Soma Prize for investigative journalism in 2008, and the Szabadság Prize in 2009 for his articles on Hungary’s 2006 unrest and police brutality. He has also won the Iustitia Regnorum Fundamentum and the Hungarian Pulitzer Memorial Prize for his investigative articles on corruption cases. He received an MS.c. degree in Agricultural Sciences and a Ph.D. degree in Language Sciences.
Aleksandar Bozhinovski, based in Macedonia, is an investigative journalist for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. He began as a court reporter before becoming an investigative reporter covering terrorism, the police and the military, corruption, and organized crime. He has written about game fixing in sports, eavesdropping in Macedonia, and the interference of foreign spy agencies in the Balkans. He has worked as a journalist since 1996 for the daily Vecer, Nova Makedonija, the daily Vreme, and for the weekly Forum. He broke the story on an extraordinary rendition case, tracking the abduction of Khaled el-Masri. For the story, he worked in cooperation with The New York Times and a number of German news organizations including ZDF-TV. He received his degree from the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje in Macedonia.
Beata Biel is an award winning, Krakow-based Polish journalist, documentarian and TV producer. For the past 10 years she has worked as a researcher and reporter for the Polish TV channel TVN. As a reporter and investigative journalist, she has focused on current affairs, social issues, human stories, human rights and terrorism. Since September 2010, she has been working as a freelancer and running her own production company. In 2008 she won the Polish Grand Press Award for the best TV reporting of the year for her film “Help in Death” about a Swiss organization Dignitas, which helps people commit suicide. A year later she won a special mention during the TV Investigative Reports Review for her documentary film “The Terrorists’ Prince” about the Polish relations with Arab terrorists in the 70s and 80s. She is a 2011 Transatlantic Media Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC. She received an M.A. in journalism and mass communications from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.
Stefan Candea is a Romanian investigative journalist for the Evenimentul Zilei newspaper in Bucharest who has written about the connections between international organized crime networks and high-ranking politicians and public servants. He has also written at length about the international arms trade, illegal international adoptions, an investigation of the separatist region of Trans-Dniester and the diamond business in Romania. He is a co-founder of the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism, and worked for the first investigative TV show in Romania, Reporteri Incognito. He has worked for Deutsche Welle, in print, radio, TV and online capacities. Since March 2001, he has been a correspondent for Reporters Without Borders in Romania. He is a member of the International Consortium for Investigative Journalists and has been awarded the IRE Tom Renner Award and the Overseas Press Club of America Award for online journalism. He teaches investigative journalism at Bucharest University and was the 2011 Carroll Binder Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He has a B.A. in journalism at the West University School of Journalism and an M.A. in communication at SNSPA in Bucharest.
Milorad Ivanovic is the executive editor of Novi Magazin, a Serbian newsweekly. He previously served as deputy editor in chief and executive editor of Blic, the biggest Serbian daily. He has worked as a correspondent for the French news agency EPN, and has written about the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, social media, terrorism, trauma reporting, human rights, and corruption in international newspapers including El Mundo (Spain), The Mail on Sunday (UK), The Sunday Times (UK), The Washington Times (USA), and Der Standard (Austria). He is a board member of SCOOP, the network of investigative journalists in East and Southeastern Europe and has taken part in several cross-border projects, including a six-month investigation on arms trafficking from Ukraine via Bulgaria to Serbia. His investigation on mercenaries from the Balkans working for British and US security firms in Iraq was published extensively in the international media. In 2007 he was selected for the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence. He studied at the School of Defence in the University of Belgrade.
Sasa Lekovic is a Croatian journalist who is the director of the Investigative Journalism Center (IJC) in Zagreb, Croatia. He has written about organized crime, human trafficking, corruption, and war. He lectures on investigative reporting at Singidunum University in Belgrade, Serbia and is a co-founder and trainer in the Media Training Center at FMC (FMC, IJC Belgrade, IJC Zagreb). He has worked as an investigative reporter, executive editor, and assistant editor in chief for, respectively, Globus, a Croatian national news magazine, Arena, a Croatian national weekly, and Jutarnji List, a Croatian national daily. He also worked with the B92 media company based in Belgrade as an author and editor of the SEARCH – MISSING PERSONS regional web, TV, and radio project. He is a member of the Croatian Journalists’ Association, the International Federation of Journalists, and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc., USA. He is a recipient of the Croatian Journalists´ Association 2000 Investigative Reporting Prize (print media). He received his training from an investigative reporting TOT (training of trainers) conducted by the South-East European Network for Professionalization of Media and the Danish School of Journalism.
Adrian Mogos, a native of Cluj, currently works for the Romanian daily Jurnalul National and at the Romanian Center for Investigative Journalism. He has published numerous investigative reports on Romanian media, and also worked on several regional investigative projects. His investigations include: Forged Identity – Highway to EU, which appeared in the Jurnalul National in 2009, and he was the lead coordinator of “The Fields of Terror – the New Slave Trade in the Heart of Europe,” a cross-border investigation about forced labor networks still active in Western European countries. He has produced many other investigative pieces on such topics as illegal deforestations in Romania, suspicious public tenders organized by the local authorities, and the abuse of Roma children. He was a 2009 Fellow in the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence program. He received his B.A. in journalism and English from the West University of Timisoara and studied at the Academia Istropolitan Nova in Slovakia.
Paul Radu is a Romanian journalist who helped found the Organized Crime and Corruption Project, which works on cross-border investigative projects in the Balkans. He began his career as an investigator for Romania’s best selling newspaper, Evenimentul Zilei (the “Daily Event”) from 1998-2003. In 2003, he co-founded the Romanian Center for Investigative Journalism. He has held a number of fellowships, including the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship in 2001, the Milena Jesenska Press Fellowship in 2002, the Rosalyn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism in 2007, and in 2008, he became a Knight International Journalism Fellow at the Romanian Center for Investigative Journalism. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2004 Knight International Journalism Award and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the 2007 Global Shining Light Award, and the 2008 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. He received his degree from West University in Romania.
Stanimir Vaglenov, a native of Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, is a journalist specializing in economic and energy reporting. He is currently chief of the Department of Informational and Internet services in the Newspaper Group, Bulgaria. He has also worked at the dailies 24 Hours and Continent and Business Post weekly. He has written at length about the social, economic and political implications of the South Stream pipeline, one of the most controversial energy projects in Europe. For the project, he worked closely with Albena Shkodrova, an editor of BIRN’s Balkan Insight publication. He studied journalism and publishing at Veliko Turnovo University.
Blaz Zgaga is a freelance journalist in Slovenia and one of the co-authors of the three-part investigative trilogy “In the Name of the State,” which focuses on arms smuggling into the Balkans during the conflicts of the 1990s. He has written extensively about arms trafficking, intellgience, and the politics of security and defense. His work has appeared in Slovenia’s main daily newspapers Delo and Vecer, and in The Guardian, The Observer, Jane’s Defence Weekly, Jane’s Intelligence Review. Zgaga’s work has led to investigations by the Slovene police, and he was prosecuted by the Slovene State Prosecutor for revealing military secrets and disclosing intelligence cooperation between Slovene and US intelligence services (DIA) against former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. With co-author Matej Surc, he received a CEI/SEEMO special diploma for investigative journalism in November 2011 for their first book of a trilogy about arms smuggling. He received his B.A. in Sociology at the University of Ljubljana.
Max Bono is a freelance journalist based in Brazil. He writes for Brazzil.com and Musibrasil.com and other websites. Bono’s covers Latin American politics and culture, and his investigative work focuses on transnational wrongdoing. Bono has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Journalism School in New York, and earned his bachlor’s degreee in economics at the University of Siena in Italy.
Roberto Guareschi is an Argentinean journalist who works as columnist and editor for the Latin America branch of Project Syndicate, an international agency of opinion columns and op-ed essays. He has written about international events, Latin American politics, and crime. He is the former editor of ClarÃn, Argentina’s largest selling daily newspaper, and participated in the creation of ClarÃn’s online news operation. He is also the former editor of El Cronista Comercial, which he ran from 1975 to 1976. He was a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of Argentina’s National Academy of Journalism. Guareschi is a two-time winner of the Konex Prize in Argentina. He studied literature at the University of Buenos Aires.
Gonzalo Guillén, a native of Bogotá, is a consultant to several Latin American newspapers and president of the Colombian chapter of the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS). He specializes in human rights, armed conflict and official corruption. He is also on the faculty of International Relations at the University of Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano. He directed the documentary “Igaparaná” and authored “OperaciÃ³n Jaque,” which opened in June 2011 and shows how the liberation of Ingrid Betancourt, three Americans and 11 Colombian military was not the product of painstaking work of military intelligence, but rather a financial negotiation with two FARC leaders and the President Alvaro Uribe. He has worked at El Tiempo in Bogota, the TV-news TV TODAY, and was editor in chief for the news agency Colprensa. He served as general editor at the Bogotá daily La Prensa, and as editor at El Universo in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and at El PaÃs in Cali, Colombia. He has also worked as a Bogotá correspondent for The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald of Miami, covering Colombia and the Andean countries. He received his B.A. from the University of Bogotá, Jorge Tadeo Lozano.
Phil Gunson is a Caracas-based freelancer who writes mainly for The Economist and The Miami Herald. He had previously worked in Mexico City as the Latin American correspondent for The Guardian, and freelanced from Miami for The Guardian and BBC Latin American Service, covering the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. While based in London, Gunson was the editor of World Insurance Report and Latin American Markets, produced by the Financial Times Business Newsletters. He has also written a book on the invasion of Panama. He was head of the English Language Service for EFE Spanish news agency and London Bureau Chief for Inter Press Service. He also freelanced from Tegucigalpa for The Guardian, CBC Radio and Time magazine. He is a graduate of Cambridge University.
Luz Maria Helguero
Luz Maria Helguero is the president of the board of the Peruvian NGO Transparencia and created the first Peruvian citizen online newspaper, Gua 3.0. She also founded the Network of Provincial Journalists to provide training for local Peruvian journalists. She has spearheaded the formation of a network of regional Peruvian journalists with the goal of having a unified regional front to influence policymaking decisions in the capital. She has provided extensive training for local journalists, including in areas where such opportunities are rare. Since 1994, she has been a board member and publisher of El Tiempo, a regional Peruvian newspaper founded in 1916, and where she had previously worked as the paper’s editor-in-chief. Under her tenure, El Tiempo has won three major national awards. In 2003, Ms. Helguero was warded a Reagan-Fascell Fellowship at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington. She was also a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, where she focused on democracy, development and corruption. She is a graduate of the Universidad de Piura in Piura, Peru, where she has also earned a masters degree.
Maria L. Pallais
Maria L. Pallais, based in Mexico City, is a journalist who has worked as a writer and editor for Vision, a Latin American newsmagazine. She has also reported for The Associated Press in New York City and served as an assistant field producer for CBS/60 Minutes in Nicaragua, a correspondent for the CNN World Report in Nicaragua, a stringer for El PaÃs in Nicaragua, and chief international editor for Notimex, the Mexican news agency, based in Mexico City. She has also contributed pieces to The Nation, World Broadcast News, South Magazine, The Latin American Newsletter, the German News Agency DPA, and InterPress Service. Following 9/11, she wrote a weekly chronicle from Washington for Proceso, Mexico’s top investigative news magazine, until her return to Mexico in March 2002. She received a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Daniel Santoro is the national political editor at ClarÃn, Argentina’s largest newspaper, and has conducted extensive investigations into government corruption, national security matters, and international drug trafficking. He has broken a number of scandals detailing arms smuggling, including one story linking former President Carlos Menem with illegal sale of 6,500 tons of weapons to Croatia, which was under a UN arms embargo at the time, and to Ecuador. In addition to his work at ClarÃn, Santoro teaches investigative journalism at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires and has also conducted classes at the FundaciÃ³n para un Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano, run by Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel GarcÃa-Marquez in Colombia. He was awarded the 1995 King of Spain international journalism award for his “outstanding contribution” to journalism and the 2004 Maria Moors Cabot prize from Columbia University. He studied at the University of Belgrano in Argentina.
Hisham Allam is the head deputy of the investigation department at the Cairo based independent newspaper Almasry Alyoum, where he has written about environmental and economic issues and political corruption. He published articles in Teen Stuff, a monthly youth magazine, from 2004 until 2006, at which point he started writing for Almasry Alyoum. He also produces a weekly investigative reporting talk show on the Egyptian CBC channel. In addition to serving as a media mentor with a UN training program in northern Sudan throughout the Presidential elections of 2010, he has lectured at Charles University in Prague and New York University. He was awarded a 2011 award by the Arij Organization in Amman for reporting on the Arab spring. He received his degree from Al-Azhar University in Cairo.
Hanan Solayman is a freelance journalist based in Cairo, and editor of EMAJ, an online English magazine published by the Euro-Mediterranean Academy for Young Journalists, which is based in Sweden. She is also building her own start-up, Mandara, a non-profit portal for local news in Upper Egypt. Solayman’s work has been published in the daily el-Shorouk, and in el-Hayat and el-Sharq el-Awsat, pan Arab newspapers, Community Times, an English magazine, the Silent Heros Invisible Bridges website and the English version of the OnIslam website. Previously, Solayman was the rotating head of the foreign desk at Rose Elyoussef daily newspaper, a producer at the al-Hayah Egyptian satellite channel and a freelancer for the el-Sharq el-Awsat newspaper. She has been a co-trainer for Thomson Reuters Foundation in Cairo. Solayman is a fellow of EMAJ, the World Press Institute, and the International Vistior Leadership Program. She received her B.A. from Cairo University.
Ali Zalat is the deputy editor of investigations at the independent al-Masry al-Youm (Egypt Today), based in Cairo. He was also a program producer of the Dream Satellite Channel morning program, the CBC Egyptian Satellite Channel (Lazem Nafham), and the “We Should Understand” program. He has been awarded the Arabian Journalism Prize from the Dubai Club for Journalism for his investigative reporting as well as second prize for best investigative journalism about Human Rights in Egypt by the United Nations Developmental Program and Al-Ahram International Institute of Journalism. He is also a fellow of the Mohamed Hassaneed Hikal Institution for Arabian Journalism and Arieg Institution. He has studied at the Thomson Institute for Journalism in London, and is a graduate of Cairo University.
Richard Behar is an investigative journalist who founded and coordinates Project Klebnikov, a global media alliance committed to shedding light on the Moscow murder of Forbes editor Paul Klebnikov, among similar inquiries. Behar has written on a wide number of topics, including the Bernard Madoff scandal, corruption inside the IRS, organized crime, national defense, and the 9/11 attacks. From 1982-2004, Behar worked on the staffs Behar worked on the staffs of Forbes, Time, and Fortune magazines, and completed assignments for the BBC, CNN, FoxNews.com and PBS. He has racked up over 20 awards for his reporting, including the Gerald Loeb, Polk (twice), National Magazine, Overseas Press Club (twice), Daniel Pearl, and Worth Bingham Prize – on subjects ranging from terror financing in Karachi to counterfeiting in Beijing; from corporate wrongdoing on Wall Street to the Russian mob in Siberia. Behar was included among the 100 top business journalists of the 20th century by The Journalist and Financial Reporter, and was named Business Journalist of the Year in London in 2001. He received his B.A. from New York University.
Joel Brinkley is the Hearst Visiting Professional in Residence at Stanford University, where he also teaches courses on journalism. Brinkley joined the Department of Communication in the fall of 2006 after a 23-year career with The New York Times where he served as a reporter, editor and foreign correspondent. He has written about foreign affairs, foreign policy, technology, and the future of the nation’s newspaper industry. He is also a foreign-affairs writer for Politico. He began his journalism career at the Associated Press and over the following years worked for The Richmond News Leader and The Louisville Courier Journal before joining The New York Times in 1983, where he served as Washington correspondent, White House correspondent, and chief of the Times Bureau in Jerusalem, Israel. Over the last 30 years Brinkley has reported from 46 states and more than 50 foreign countries. He won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1980 and was twice a finalist for an investigative reporting Pulitzer. Brinkley received his B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Greg Brosnan produces, shoots and edits video for freelance clients including Channel 4 News, PBS, Al Jazeera English, The New York Times video, AFPTV and VJ Movement. A general news and economics print correspondent for Reuters for seven years, he left in 2007 to concentrate on documentary film. His work has appeared in Business Week, The Economist, The Houston Chronicle and Monocle. He is the video producer for Emerging Markets magazine.
Mimi Chakarova is a photographer and filmmaker who has covered global issues examining conflict, corruption and the sex trade over the past decade. She teaches visual storytelling at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and has taught at Stanford University’s African and African American Studies and Comparative Studies for Race and Ethnicity. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Ms., The Sunday Times Magazine in London, CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” PBS’ FRONTLINE/World and the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she is currently a correspondent. She is the recipient of the 2003 Dorothea Lange Fellowship for outstanding work in documentary photography and the 2005 Magnum Photos Inge Morath Award for her work on sex trafficking. In addition, she was awarded the Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking at the 2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York. She was also the winner of the prestigious 2011 Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting. She received her B.F.A. in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and her M.A. in visual studies from UC Berkeley.
Lydia Chávez is a journalist who currently teaches at the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She has written extensively about Central America and local news. She began her career as a reporter for The Albuquerque Tribune, later moving on to Time magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times, where she served as the El Salvador and South American bureau chief. She has written op-ed pieces for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The San Francisco Examiner, and magazine pieces for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Magazine, and George magazine. In 2005, Chávez and her students collaborated to publish “Capitalism, God and A Good Cigar: Cuba Enters the Twenty-First Century.” Her 1998 book “The Color Bind: California’s Battle Against Affirmative Action, “won the Leonard Silk Award. She holds a B.A. in comparative literature from the UC Berkeley and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Dan Christensen is a former investigative reporter for The Miami Herald and the Daily Business Review. Since 2009, he has operated BrowardBulldog.org, Florida’s first not-for-profit news site staffed by professional journalists. Christensen’s stories about Broward County Sheriff Ken Jenne’s private business dealings sparked a federal corruption investigation that landed Jenne in prison in 2007. His stories for The Miami Herald in 2006 about hidden and falsified court records in Broward, Miami-Dade, and other Florida counties brought about two unanimous Florida Supreme Court decisions outlawing those practices. In 2000-2001, Dan’s reporting about a deadly gun-planting conspiracy and cover-up by Miami police resulted in the indictment of more than a dozen officers and significant governmental reform, including the establishment of Miami’s long-sought civilian review panel. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science from the University of Miami.
Prue Clarke is a journalist and media development specialist whose work has appeared in the Financial Times, The Times of London, the Globe and Mail, The Australian, and on the BBC, CBC, ABC, The World, and The World Vision Report. Her reporting focuses on Africa, where she has covered war-torn eastern Congo and Aids-ravaged communities of Rwanda and Uganda. She exposed child slavery in the fishing industry in Ghana and has covered post-war reconciliation and reconstruction in Liberia. She is the founder and executive director of New Narratives, a project supporting women journalists in Africa. She is a recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award for feature reporting, the United Nations World Gold Medal and an Amnesty International award. Clarke holds a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University where she was an “International Fellow” at the School of International and Public Affairs. She also holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Sydney where she studied economics as an undergraduate.
Stephanie Czekalinski is an award-winning journalist based in Washington DC. Czekalinski has written about a variety of subjects, including immigration, crime, police action and domestic violence. Her work has resulted in changes at the local, state and federal levels and at least one criminal conviction in federal court. In 2008, she was a finalist for the Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers. Two years later she was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. Czekalinski previously worked for the Columbus Dispatch in Columbus, Ohio and its sister publication, Fronteras de la Noticia. She received her undergraduate degree from Wittenberg University in Ohio and an master’s degree from The Citadel in South Carolina.
Judith H. Dobrzynski
Judith H. Dobrzynski is a freelance writer specializing in arts, business, and philanthropy. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Conde Nast Portfolio, Apollo Magazine, The Daily Beast, Smithsonian, The New Criterion, and Town & Country. She has contributed op-ed pieces to The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes and The Boston Globe. She also writes a blog called Real Clear Arts on ArtsJournal.com and ArtInfo.com. She has taught business journalism and investigative business reporting at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has worked as a reporter and a senior editor at The New York Times and at Business Week, as well as a senior executive at CNBC. Her articles about fraud at eBay were nominated by the Times for a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting, and her articles on Nazi-looted art led to changes in restitution laws in Austria and elsewhere in Europe. She received her B.S. from Syracuse University.
Beth Duff-Brown is a San Francisco-based journalist currently working for The Associated Press. Prior to joining the AP, she wrote at The Beijing Review, The Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel. She has worked for the AP in Miami and New York, and as an overseas correspondent and bureau chief in West Africa, Southeast Asia, India and Canada. In 1997, she was named deputy editor for Asia. She was nominated for a Pulitzer in Feature Writing in 1997, and in 2003, won a third place SAJA Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting on South Asia. She received her B.A. in philosophy and communications from Hawaii Pacific University and her M.A. in newspaper reporting and writing from Northwestern University.
Alison Fitzgerald is an award-winning investigative reporter and author based in Washington, D.C. In a decade at Bloomberg News, Fitzgerald wrote about the convergence of politics, government and economics. Her coverage of the 2008 financial crisis and ensuing government bailout won her several awards, including the 2009 George Polk Award, and the “Best of the Best” from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Her work on the international food price crisis in 2008 won her the Overseas Press Club’s Malcolm Forbes Award. And in 2011 she was cited by the National Press Foundation for distinctive reporting on Congress for an investigation into independent groups that exploited campaign finance loopholes to sway midterm congressional elections. Fitzgerald and co-author Stanley Reed delved into cost-cutting, risk-taking corporate culture at BP that led to the devastating 2010 Gulf oil spill in In Too Deep: BP and the Drilling Race that Took It Down, published in 2011 by John Wiley & Sons.
Franklin Foer is the former editor of The New Republic, where he remains an editor at large. He is currently a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation, where he is working on his second book, an intellectual history of American liberalism. The Daily Beast named him one of America’s “most influential liberal journalists.” He has also been a staff writer for Slate. His international bestseller, “How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization,” has been translated into 27 languages. He is a graduate of Columbia University.
McKenzie Funk writes for Harper’s, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Outside, and Popular Science and is the author of the forthcoming “Best Laid Plans” (Penguin Press), a book about climate change. Funk began pondering how countries and corporations are preparing for a changing climate during a 2006 assignment in the Arctic, where he joined the Canadian military on a patrol of future shipping lanes and oil depots in the contentious Northwest Passage. A longtime adventurer – he won a National Geographic Expeditions Council grant to hitchhike the new Trans-Siberian Highway and was on the second American expedition to ski Tibet’s 8,012-meter Shishapangma – he has spent the last five years traveling to 23 countries on five continents, meeting water brokers, land speculators, and seawall builders, all the while witnessing a world getting ready to heat up. A Livingston Award finalist and a winner of the Oakes Prize for Environmental Journalism, he is a 2011-2012 Knight Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan. He received his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College.
Douglas Gillison served as Executive Editor of The Cambodia Daily, an English-language newspaper in Phnom Penh, from 2009 to 2011. In his six years at the paper, Gillison covered the Khmer Rouge trials, mineral resources, environmental policy, human rights and national security. His investigative projects included the declassification of 1,300 pages of F.B.I. records from a 1997 political massacre. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, Time, The Village Voice, GlobalPost and The New York Times, among other publications. Gillison received an undergraduate degree in French literature from Oberlin College.
Clare Howard is a former reporter for the Journal Star newspaper in Peoria, IL, where she had worked for 24 years and won numerous awards. She specializes in issues of justice, equality, and basic human rights in the areas of food, economic development, childhood lead poisoning and living with HIV/AIDS. She has a B.A. in history from Ithaca College, an M.S. in journalism from University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in philosophy with a specialization in journalism from Union Institute and University.
Michael Janofsky is a freelance writer, editor and consultant who has helped out various organizations with their particular needs. His areas of interest include education, energy, the environment, politics, the economy and art, although in a long newspaper career, he has written on a much broader array of subjects. He has spent the majority of his career at The New York Times, with prior stops at the Miami Herald and the now-defunct Baltimore Evening Sun. He was the recipient of eight Publishers Awards at the Times. He received his B.A. from the University of Maryland.
Sheila Kaplan is an investigative reporter and television producer who specializes in the environment, public health, and the role of money in politics. She is a fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and a former lecturer in political reporting at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. A 2001-02 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, Kaplan has won numerous other journalism honors, among them the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Prize for Distinguished Reporting, the Lowell Mellett Award for Media Criticism (now called the Bart Richards Prize), a Screenwriters Guild nomination, and several national Emmy nominations. She received a B.S. in Urban Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Journalism degree from the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Lucy Komisar is an investigative journalist who has written extensively about the secret underbelly of the global financial system, including offshore bank and corporate secrecy, and its links to corporate and political crime and corruption. She has also written about the empowerment of dictators and oligarchs, drug and arms trafficking, terrorism, and tax evasion by corporations and the very rich. Her dozens of articles on the subject have appeared in publications as diverse as The Nation and the Wall Street Journal. She won 2010 Gerald Loeb, National Press Club, Sigma Delta Chi, and National Headliner awards for “Florida Aided Allen Stanford, Suspect in Huge Swindle,” an exposé of Ponzi-schemer Allen Stanford she brought to the Miami Herald. She revealed how the Florida Banking Department allowed Stanford to set up a Miami office to move money offshore without regulation. She received her degree from Queens College.
Paul Maidment is the founder and editor in chief of Bystander Media, a company that advises legacy publications and Internet news startups. He has written about where international politics, economics and finance overlap, which stretches from political risk assessment to financial regulation. He was editor of Forbes.com and executive editor of Forbes magazine for almost a decade. Previous to joining Forbes at the start of 2001, he had been the founding editor of the Financial Times’ FT.com, which he launched in 1995 in a joint print-online role. He has served as a writer and editor with The Economist in Asia, Europe and the U.S. as well as with Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal Asia, and the BBC. His signature web video column, Notes on the News, about the intersection of global business, politics and economics, is the recipient of a Media Business Best Online Business Video Award. He was inducted into min’s Digital Hall of Fame in 2010 and is the recipient of many industry awards, including Editor of the Year and Media Business Innovation Awards. He received his degree from Oxford University.
David Margolick is a former long-time contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where he has written about politics, media, literature and culture, history, Jewish affairs, and sports. He’s held similar positions at Newsweek and Portfolio. Prior to joining Vanity Fair he was a legal affairs reporter at The New York Times, where he wrote the weekly “At the Bar” column and covered the trials of O.J. Simpson, Lorena Bobbitt, and William Kennedy Smith. He remains a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review. His work as also appeared in The New York Review of Books, Tablet, and the Forward. He has taught in New York University’s Department of Journalism. In his fifteen years at the Times, the paper nominated him four times for the Pulitzer Prize. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Stanford Law School.
Micheline Maynard is the senior editor of Changing Gears, a multi-media public broadcasting project looking at the future of the industrial Midwest. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times, where, as a senior business correspondent and Detroit bureau chief, she has written at length about the airline and automobile industry. She has written for Fortune magazine, and has been a staff writer or bureau chief at USA TODAY, Newsday, U.S. News & World Report, and the Reuters News Service. She was part of a team of journalists honored by the Society of American Business Writers and Editors in 2010 for the Times’ coverage, in both print and online, of the General Motors bankruptcy. In 2009, she was named the 11th winner of the annual Nathaniel Nash Award, which honors a Times reporter who excels in business and economics coverage. She also won the Times’ Publisher’s Award seven times. She was named a distinguished visitor at Washington and Lee University in 2010, a media fellow by the Japan Society of New York in 2002, and was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. In 1989-1990, she was chosen as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism at Columbia University. She holds an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a graduate degree from Columbia University.
Josh Meyer is the director of education and outreach at the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative, which covers national security issues out of Medill, the journalism school of Northwestern University. He has written about national security, terrorism, organized crime, drug trafficking, and government during his 20-year tenure at The Los Angeles Times, the last nine of which he spent as chief terrorism reporter in Washington, DC. As Medill’s McCormick Lecturer in National Security Studies, he teaches graduate level journalism classes on how to cover conflicts, terrorism and national security. At The Times, Meyer was part of a team that won two staff Pulitzers and an Overseas Press Club award for his pre and post-9/11 coverage of Al Qaeda’s efforts to establish a covert U.S. presence and launch attacks on U.S. soil. He received two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Massachusetts, one in Social Thought and Political Economy, and the other in Journalism.
Mike Sager has been a writer at large for Esquire magazine for the last dozen years. A former Washington Post staff writer and Rolling Stone contributing editor, Sager has made a career chronicling the dark underbelly of the American scene and psyche. For his stories, he has lived with a crack gang, a 625-pound man, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, heroin addicts on the Lower East Side, Aryan Nations troopers, U.S. Marines, Tupperware saleswomen, and high school boys. He is credited with pioneering Esquire‘s popular celebrity interview format, What I’ve Learned. Eight of his articles have been optioned for or have inspired Hollywood films. He has lectured extensively in journalism schools across the country. In 2010 he won the American Society of Magazine Editors’ National Magazine award for profile writing. He received his B.A. from Emory University.
Joel Shurkin is a freelance science writer specializing in medicine and technology. He was a reporter and bureau chief for UPI, for whom he covered the civil war in the Dominican Republic and the aftermath of the Six Day War in 1967. He has worked as a national correspondent for Reuters and has headed the Reuters space bureau, covering all the manned and unmanned missions from Apollo 11 through the first shuttle flights. He has taught journalism at Stanford University, the University of California at Santa Cruz (and the UC Berkeley Extension), Towson University in Maryland, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he was Snedden Chair in Journalism. For 12 years he was science and medical writer at The Philadelphia Inquirer, and was a lead writer on the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Three Mile Island. One of his co-bylined TMI stories was nominated for the 100 best news stories of the 20th century by the journalism department at the University of Maryland. He won the Aviation and Space Writers Award twice. He was a Professional Journalism Fellow at Stanford University in 1979, stayed on as science writer and instructor in journalism, and is the founder of Stanford’s Science Writing Internship Program. He graduated Emory University with a degree in humanities.
Ken Silverstein is the Washington editor for Harper’s magazine and writes the blog Washington Babylon for Harper’s online. He has profiled Barack Obama for the magazine as well as led major investigations into arms trafficking, money laundering and corruption in the international oil business. He was a former reporter for The Los Angeles Times, and has also written for Foreign Policy, Mother Jones, Wallpaper, Slate, and Salon. From 1989 to 1993 he was a correspondent for the Associated Press in Brazil. His stories on ties between the government of Equatorial Guinea and major U.S. companies–including Riggs Bank, ExxonMobil and Marathon Oil–led to the convening of a federal grand jury, and to investigations by the Senate and the Securities and Exchange Commission. His report, co-written with Chuck Neubauer, on a lobbying business opened by Karen Weldon, daughter of Rep. Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania, led to a federal investigation. Silverstein’s 2004 series in The Los Angeles Times, “The Politics of Petroleum,” won an Overseas Press Club Award. He received his B.A. from The Evergreen State College.
Marilyn Berlin Snell
Marilyn Berlin Snell is a San Francisco-based journalist and editor who has most recently worked on investigative stories related to the environment and politics. She has freelanced travel stories for The New York Times, written one of the first stories on aging to be published in an American fashion magazine, Mirabella, and conducted one of the last interviews with Nobel climate scientist Stephen Schneider before his untimely death. Snell also done the odd piece for “This American Life.” Her work has also appeared in The New Republic, Discover, California Lawyer, Mother Jones, NPQ, and Sierra. Most recently Snell wrote the cover story for High Country News Magazine on the corruption charges plaguing the West’s largest Indian tribe. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her Masters from the University of Southern California’s Center for International Journalism.
Jenka Soderberg is the co-founder of New York-based web design company the WCR Collective. In 1999, she helped organize the Independent Media Center, which provided grassroots coverage of the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle and World Bank protests in Washington D.C. The organization now comprises a network of more than 200 centers worldwide. In 2005, working for Common Ground Relief, she built and managed the website that was the main coordination point for thousands of volunteers in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. She joined KBOO public radio in 2007. As news director, she developed a curriculum and training schedule for the news staff, volunteers and other station employees. She also has developed and implemented media training programs in the West Bank for the International Middle East Media Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
David Stout is an author and veteran newspaperman who writes about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for Main Justice, an online news organization devoted to covering the U.S. Justice Department. He has covered local, state, and federal courts, and has written widely about criminal justice issues, while keeping an eye on Supreme Court decisions, capital punishment and sentencing policies. He has spent much of his career as an editor at The New York Times, where he worked from 1982 to 2009, spending the last fourteen years at the paper’s Washington bureau. He has also worked at The Daily Times in Erie, Pennsylvania, the Buffalo Evening News, and The Record in Hackensack, NJ. Stout is also an author of mystery novels, two of which have been turned into movies, and non-fiction crime books. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in English and received an M.A. in English literature from Buffalo State University College.
Joseph B. Treaster
Joseph B. Treaster is the editor of OneWater.org, the online environmental magazine of the University of Miami. He has written about international affairs, the environment, disasters, and financial news. He is a former reporter and foreign correspondent for The New York Times and the author of three books including, Hurricane Force: In the Path of America’s Most Deadly Storms. Mr. Treaster, who has reported from more than 100 countries, has written for The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s and Rolling Stone. He is a contributor to The Huffington Post and Allvoices.com. Mr. Treaster holds the endowed Knight Chair in Cross-Cultural Communication at the University of Miami’s School of Communication and at its Knight Center for International Media, for whom he teaches summer courses in Stockholm and the Galapagos Islands. He received his B.A. from the University of Miami and his M.S. from Columbia University.
Marjorie Valbrun writes extensively about Haiti and U.S. policy in the Caribbean and Latin America. She is a contributing writer for TheRoot.com, a web magazine of the Washington Post Company, where she writes about the intersection of race and politics, immigration, and poverty in developing countries. She also writes for Americaswire.org and blogs about race and gender issues for Slate. She has served as a national correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, an editorial writer for The Baltimore Sun, an urban affairs reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and a general assignment reporter and foreign correspondent for The Miami Herald. Her opinion articles and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Newsweek, Heart and Soul, Men’s Health, Black Issues Book Review and Newsday, among others. She has also done commentary on National Public Radio, the British Broadcasting Corporation, American Public Media, MSNBC, CBS, Fox News Channel, Black Entertainment Television News, and the Al Arabiya News Channel. She received her M.S. from Columbia University’s Journalism School and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
Stephanie Woodard is long-time writer on Native American issues, including as a correspondent for Native-owned publications such as Indian Country Today, a national newsmagazine, and Native Sun News, a Northern Plains regional paper. She has a human-rights blog on the Huffington Post and has reported on food, gardening, health, culture, and related topics in magazines such as Prevention, Saveur, and Preservation. During two decades as an editor, Woodard’s positions included executive editor of the business magazine Your Company, senior articles editor of More, and senior news editor of Ladies’ Home Journal. She has received awards from Folio, the George Polk Center for Investigative Reporting, and the Native American Journalists Association, of which she is an associate member. Many of her articles are collected at stephaniewoodard.blogspot.com/
Rick Young is an investigative producer who has been working with the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE since the early ’90s. He has reported on a wide array of subjects, including government accountability, environmental issues, politics, finance, and business. In 2009, Young launched a production partnership between FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Workshop at The American University in Washington, D.C. The Workshop co-productions have included investigations of the regional airline industry and an in-depth look at the Obama Administration’s immigration policies. He was the producer and correspondent of Gunrunners, a 2002 documentary about the illegal small arms trade in West Africa. Prior to that, he worked as a producer on FRONTLINE programs with the Kirk Documentary Group and with the Center for Investigative Reporting. Before turning to journalism, Young spent six years as an investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University in 2007-08 and his work has won two Emmys, a Writer’s Guild award, and two Sigma Delta Chi awards. He received his B.A. from Colorado College.
David Zalaznik is currently a staff photographer at the Journal Star in Peoria, IL. He developed a collection of 90 of his photographs into a 2008 book entitled “Life Along the Illinois River” (University of Illinois Press). His work has been consistently recognized by the National Press Photographers Association and the Illinois Press Photographers Association. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a B.A. in journalism.
Katie Zezima is currently on sabbatical as a Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan, where she is studying prescription drug abuse. Prior to the fellowship, Katie spent eight years in the Boston bureau of The New York Times, where she covered stories including the clergy sexual abuse scandal, same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, the Virginia Tech shootings, and the prescription drug abuse epidemic. She specializes in stories involving prescription drugs and agriculture and is focusing on the elderly during her second semester at Michigan. Katie graduated from Boston University, where she was editor of The Daily Free Press, the independent student newspaper.
Lorenzo Bodrero is editor of Bright, a web-based journal focused on international organized crime and corruption. He is a collaborator of the Italian monthly magazine Narcomafie. Bodrero handles communication and information for the FLARE Network, a European NGO committed to the social fight against organized crime. He holds a B.A. in International Communication obtained in The Netherlands and one in Communication Sciences in Italy.
Heather Brooke worked as a political and crime reporter in the US before moving to Britain, where she is now a freelance journalist and Freedom of Information campaigner. Her investigation into the expense accounts of Members of Parliament led to the biggest clear-out of politicians that country had seen in decades and the first forced resignation of the Speaker of the House in 300 years. Brooke’s stories have appeared in all the main UK national papers and she is the author of three books: Your Right to Know, The Silent State and The Revolution Will Be Digitized. She has won numerous awards including the Judges’ Prize at the 2010 British Press Awards, the FOI Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), and a Freedom of Expression Award from Index on Censorship. She is a visiting professor at London’s prestigious Department of Journalism at City University.