Ron Nixon

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

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., 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.

Margaret Ebrahim

Margaret Ebrahim, who goes by her nickname “Mishi,” is PBS Senior Director of News & Public Affairs programming.  Ebrahim is an award-winning journalist and producer who has worked at some of the most successful media organizations, including CBS News 60 Minutes and ABC News as well as the Center for Public Integrity and the Investigative Reporting Workshop.

Prior to joining PBS, Ebrahim helped re-launch National Geographic’s Explorer documentary series, and developed new digital video series for the media organization. Ebrahim was a producer for the groundbreaking SHOWTIME climate change series Years of Living Dangerously (Season 1) winner of the 2014 Emmy Award for outstanding nonfiction series.  As senior producer at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, a nonprofit journalism organization in Washington D.C., Ebrahim oversaw television, web and feature film projects, including co-productions with PBS FRONTLINE.

Brett A. Pulley

Brett A. Pulley is an executive vice president, director of corporate content and senior media strategist at Weber Shandwick. A veteran journalist, author and educator, he has served as dean of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University. Additionally, he spent three years covering media and entertainment at Bloomberg L.P., seven years as a senior editor at Forbes magazine, five years as a national correspondent at The New York Times, and five years as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal. He was the president and chief executive officer of, an internet company dedicated to tourism and entertainment, and he has made numerous appearances on television programs, including Entertainment Tonight, Showbiz Tonight, Inside Edition, Access Hollywood, CBS’s “48 Hours,” and NBC’s “Dateline.” Pulley is the author of “The Billion Dollar BET” (Wiley & Sons, April 2004), a book that takes an in-depth look at Black Entertainment Television. A graduate of Hampton University and of Northwestern University, he lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

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.

Past Director

Lori E. Gold