FBI experts discuss the consequences of journalism and investigative reporting on their work. 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."
Michael Kortan is the Assistant Director of the Office of Public Affairs at the FBI. In this position, he manages the Bureau's public affairs operation and serves as a national spokesman. He oversees national media relations and public affairs officers in field offices; manages the application of FBI and Department of Justice policies and guidelines related to all communications matters; and interacts daily with national and international news media on issues related to the FBI. In addition, he directs other public affairs functions, such as the FBI's Internet website, speechwriting, community relations, and employee communications. From 1996 through 2000, Kortan served as chief of the International Relations Unit in the Criminal Investigative Division, where he was responsible for the oversight of the Bureau's legal attaché offices based in U.S. Embassies around the world. Prior to joining the FBI, Kortan served as a spokesperson and congressional liaison in the public affairs division of a national labor union.