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.
Chad Bouchard writes about politics, corruption, development and tax havens, and produces 100Voices, 100Reporters’ series of video interviews with people describing their encounters and experiences of corruption. As a foreign correspondent based in Indonesia for four years, Bouchard’s coverage appeared in The Sunday Telegraph, The Financial Times, and other publications. His radio stories have aired on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Voice of America.
Bouchard began his career in 2002 at NPR affiliate WFIU in Indiana, where he covered daily news, wrote and produced award-winning news features, hosted and produced talk shows and covered the Indiana Statehouse for a statewide public radio network. He is a graduate of the University of Maine.
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.
Valerie Brown is a freelance journalist based near Portland, Oregon. She has written extensively on environmental health, climate change, nuclear waste, and other environmental issues. Her writing has appeared in Scientific American, Pacific Standard, Environmental Health Perspectives, Science, Environmental Science & Technology, High Country News, SELF, Forest Magazine, American Journal of Public Health, and elsewhere. In 2009 she received the Society of Environmental Journalists’ award for Outstanding Explanatory Reporting in Print for her Miller-McCune Magazine article “Environment Becomes Heredity.” She received her MS from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.
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 author and investigative reporter at the Center for Public Integrity 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 is a staff writer at 100Reporters, whose reports focus on the U.S. Justice Department, corporate corruption and accountability at government agencies. He is a former reporter at MainJustice, and 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.
Elizabeth Grossman is a freelance journalist and writer specializing in environmental and science issues with a focus on environmental, occupational and public health. Her work has appeared in publications that include Scientific American, Environmental Health Perspectives, Yale Environment 360, Environmental Health News, The Pump Handle, InsideClimate News, The Washington Post, Salon, The Nation and Mother Jones. Her books include Chasing Molecules, High Tech Trash and Watershed. Her reporting has taken her from the Arctic to south of the Equator and more than 1 kilometer underground. She has been a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and received support for her work from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Overbrook Foundation among others. She received her B.A. from Yale University.
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 is currently researching and writing about chemical drift and endocrine disruptors with support from a George Polk Investigative Reporting grant funded by the Ford Foundation. 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.
Anna Lenzer is a freelance reporter and researcher with an interest in water issues. Her work has been supported by the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, and published by outlets including Mother Jones, The Independent (UK) and The Age (Australia). Her investigation into Fiji Water was featured as a Mother Jones cover story, one of three issues for which Mother Jones was awarded a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2010, and won a Western Publishing Association award for best feature writing. Lenzer has worked as a freelance researcher for Rolling Stone and as a contributing reporter to investigative books including Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11 by Wayne Barrett and Dan Collins, published by HarperCollins. She received her B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia in Integrated Sciences.
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.