An expert panel discusses the state of investigative reporting in the field of journalism. 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."
Lowell Bergman, Director of the Investigative Reporting Program, is also a producer and correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline, and the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Professor of Investigative Reporting at the Graduate School of Journalism. After working in the alternative press, Bergman co-founded the Center for Investigative Reporting in 1977. Soon after, he joined ABC News where he became director of investigative reporting and a producer at 20/20. In 1983, Bergman joined 60 Minutes, where over the course of 14 years he produced more than 50 segments. His 60 Minutes investigation of the tobacco industry was dramatized in the Academy Award-nominated feature film The Insider. In 1998, Bergman forged a unique collaboration between The New York Times and PBS Frontline, to co-report stories for print and broadcast with the participation of graduate students. In 2004, Bergman received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, awarded to The New York Times for “A Dangerous Business,” which detailed a foundry company’s egregious worker safety and environmental violations. Bergman was a New York Times correspondent until 2008. Bergman has received numerous Emmy’s, as well as five Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University silver and golden Baton awards, three Peabodys, a Polk Award, a Sidney Hillman award for labor reporting, the Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism and the James Madison Freedom of Information Award for Career Achievement from The Society of Professional Journalists. Bergman has lived for nearly 40 years in Berkeley, California. He is married to Ms. Sharon Tiller, the Director of Digital Media at the Center for Investigative Reporting.
Gerado Reyes Copello
Gerardo Reyes Copello is the Director of Univision News' Investigative Unit at Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America. For years, Reyes has covered the drug-trafficking issue and his reporting has revealed numerous cases of government corruption and financial scandals in Latin America. Some of his reports on the exploitation of farm workers, human trafficking and human rights violations in countries like Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Colombia have triggered official investigations. He also has worked for several newspapers - El Tiempo, in Colombia, El Nuevo Herald and The Miami Herald in Florida - and has been editorial advisor for Semana, Poder and Gatopardo magazines. He is the author of several books, including Don Julio Mario, an unauthorized biography of the most powerful man in Colombia, and Our Man in the DEA, the story of a U.S. government intermediary who recruited drug traffickers to turn them over to the authorities. Born in Colombia, Reyes studied law in Bogotá. His work has been recognized with several honors, including the 2004 Maria Moors Cabot Award from Columbia University and he was part of the Miami Herald team that received the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.
Tom Leatherbury is co-head of the Appellate Section of Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. Tom currently serves on the Editorial Board of the ABA's Communications Lawyer. He has served as President of the Defense Counsel Section of the MediaLawResourceCenter and of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. He has also served as Chair of the Dallas Bar Association's Media Relations Committee and is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Dallas Bar Foundation. Tom has been ranked in Appellate Law by Chambers USA, has been named in Best Lawyers in America in First Amendment Law, Commercial Litigation, Appellate Law, and Bet-the-Company Litigation, and is a member of the American Law Institute. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale College, with a B.A. in history, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D. from Yale LawS chool, where he served as chair of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization.
Richard T. Pienciak is the national investigative editor for The Associated Press. He heads a national team, helps oversee four regional investigative units and often runs investigations tied to breaking news. Pienciak was an editor and reporter on the AP's Gulf Oil Spill coverage that won the 2010 George Polk Award for Environmental Reporting. He is a former assistant managing editor for investigations, metro editor and investigative reporter for the New York Daily News. Pienciak also is the author of three nonfiction books. Before working at the Daily News, he was a member of the AP's National Reporting Team.
Susanne Reber joined NPR News in January 2010 to become its first Deputy Managing Editor of Investigations. Reber leads NPR News' Investigative Unit and works across all news desks and programs to build upon, and strengthen the commitment to, NPR's investigative work.
Reber brings to NPR the experience of building an investigative program at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where she led its news investigative unit since 2003. At NPR, in addition to managing a core investigative team, she is working with beat and field reporters across the newsroom and partnering with other non-profit news organizations doing high-level investigative work.
Reber had a distinguished career at the CBC, where she started as an editor and reporter in 1986. Under her leadership, the CBC News investigative unit had a prolific run, reporting about the excessive use of Tasers by police, safety concerns with prescription drugs for children and the elderly and the dangerous conditions in Canada's workplaces overlooked by inspections - earning the unit the 2008 Michener Award, two annual prizes for the top Investigative Story from the Canadian Association of Journalists, as well as awards from the Online News Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors and RTNDA.
Robert Rosenthal is the Executive Director of the Center for Investigative Reporting.
An award-winning journalist with nearly 40 years of experience, Rosenthal has worked for some of the most respected newspapers in the country, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer and, most recently, the San Francisco Chronicle.
As a reporter, his awards include the Overseas Press Club Award for magazine writing, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for distinguished foreign correspondence, and the National Association of Black Journalists Award for Third World Reporting.