Ed Wasserman discusses the state of investigative reporting under the Obama Administration and the difficulty of finding sources. Since 2007, the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s Investigative Reporting Program has hosted a “by invitation only” symposium each spring in honor of the Reva and David Logan Foundation, which endowed the program. The only symposium of its kind in the country, it routinely brings together a veritable “who’s who” of top journalists, law enforcement and government officials to address the critical issues confronting this specialized field. The symposium also unites media executives involved in both non-profit and commercial outlets, as well as media attorneys, academics, major foundations, and philanthropists who support journalism in the public interest."
Edward Wasserman is dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the UC Berkeley. For the previous 10 years he had been the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation professor of journalism ethics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. He writes and speaks widely on matters related to media rights and wrongs, technological change, and media ownership and control. His academic specialties include plagiarism, source confidentiality and conflict of interest. Since 2001 he has written a biweekly column on the media for the Miami Herald, which is distributed nationally by the McClatchy-Tribune News Service. He is a member of the executive board of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE), the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Mass Media Ethics, and the board of advisors to the international Organization of News Ombudsmen (ONO). He has spoken to professional and academic groups throughout the United States and in Argentina, Brazil, China, Great Britain, India, the Netherlands, Canada, Sweden and China. Wasserman joined W&L in 2003 after a career in journalism that began in 1972. He worked for news organizations in Maryland, Wyoming, Florida and New York. Among other positions, he was CEO and editor in chief of American Lawyer Media’s Miami-based Daily Business Review newspaper chain, executive business editor of the Miami Herald, city editor of the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, and editorial director of Primedia’s 140-publication Media Central division in New York. Wasserman received a B.A. cum laude in politics and economics from Yale, a license in philosophy from the University of Paris, and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, where he studied media politics and economics.