As deputy executive producer for PBS’ flagship public affairs documentary series Frontline, Raney Aronson-Rath guides the editorial development and execution of the series, from primetime television broadcasts to multiplatform initiatives. With Executive Producer David Fanning, she oversees all phases of production and runs the daily editorial management of the series, as well as Frontline’s new monthly magazine program. Instrumental in spearheading the magazine launch, Aronson-Rath works to re-imagine long-form documentary while maintaining the excellence in journalism and production for which Frontline is known. Since joining Frontline in 2007, Aronson-Rath has expanded the series’ reach and reporting capabilities. Under her leadership, Frontline has significantly grown its broadcast and digital audiences. Aronson-Rath has also developed and managed more than a dozen in-depth, cross-platform journalism partnerships with some of the nation’s premiere news outlets, including ProPublica, American Public Media’s Marketplace, PBS NewsHour, CBC Television and most recently ESPN. Before helping to manage the series, Aronson-Rath produced, directed and wrote several award-winning Frontline films, including "News War," "The Last Abortion Clinic" and "The Jesus Factor." Prior to joining Frontline, she worked on award-winning series at ABC News, The Wall Street Journal and MSNBC. Early in her career, while living in Taipei, she was a newspaper reporter for The China Post. Aronson-Rath has a Bachelor’s degree in South Asian studies and history from the University of Wisconsin. She received her Master’s from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Julian Assange is an Australian journalist, programmer and Internet activist, best known for his involvement with Wikileaks, a whistleblower website.
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.
Gary L. Bostwick is a trial and appellate lawyer in the fields of complex business litigation and constitutional law, with special expertise in the First Amendment and many other media concerns, especially the defense of libel, slander and invasion of privacy, theft of ideas litigation and copyright, fair use and rights of publicity. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America in which membership is by invitation only. Named in "Best Lawyers in America" in the field of the First Amendment. Recognized in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers. Certified as an Appellate Specialist by the State Bar of California. Speaks Spanish and German fluently. He has defended libel, privacy, theft of idea and copyright cases on behalf of CBS, HBO, Fox, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Univision, Discovery, NBC, and the New York Times in a wide variety of contexts, including hidden camera matters, reality shows, news, talk shows, entertainment productions, movies and investigative reporting. Represented CNN in the law enforcement ride-along case of Hanlon v. Berger in Montana, and has represented movie director Robert Altman, columnist and author Arianna Huffington, and many other individuals in media matters. Represented Janet Malcolm in her successful defense in Masson v. The New Yorker, a matter in which the Supreme Court established rules governing journalistsâ€™ conduct in quoting subjects. Represented a pro bono client in the U.S. Supreme Court in striking down a prior restraint by a trial court in Tory v. Cochran. Represented Jeffrey MacDonald in litigation against the author Joe McGinnis arising out of the book "Fatal Vision". Represented Court TV Pro in successfully arguing for cameras in courtrooms for class action Vioxx trials. Obtained defense verdict for the San Jose Mercury News in a copyright infringement action relating to the use of photos in book reviews.
Nick Davies has been named Journalist of the Year, Reporter of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year for his investigations into crime, drugs, poverty and other social issues. Hundreds of journalists have attended his one-day masterclass on the techniques of investigative reporting, in Britain, Canada, China, Germany, India and South Africa.
He has been a journalist since 1976 and is currently a freelance, working regularly as special correspondent for The Guardian. He also makes TV documentaries; he was formerly an on-screen reporter for World In Action. His four books include White Lies (about a racist miscarriage of justice in Texas) and Dark Heart (about poverty in Britain).
He was the first winner of the Martha Gellhorn award for investigative reporting for his work on failing schools and recently won the award for European Journalism for his work on drugs policy. Flat Earth News, his controversial book exposing falsehood, distortion and propaganda in the news media, was published as a hardback in February 2008 and as a paperback in January 2009.
In May 2009, Flat Earth News won the first Bristol Festival of Ideas book award, to be given annually for a book which "presents new, important and challenging ideas, which is rigorously argued, and which is engaging and accessible." It is now being translated into Thai, Vietnamese, Greek, Dutch, Slovenian, Ukrainian and Chinese. In November 2009, the University of Westminster made him an honorary fellow 'for services to journalism'.
Senior writer George Dohrmann is the last sportswriter to win the Pulitzer Prize. He earned journalism's top honor in 2000 while at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The Pulitzer board cited his "determined reporting, despite negative reader reaction, that revealed academic fraud in the men's basketball program at the University of Minnesota."
Among other honors: Dohrmann has earned the Associated Press Sports Editors investigative honors award (1995, 1996 and 2000) as well as an APSE award in feature writing (2000). He joined SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in 2000, and his primary beat is investigative reporting. He has also covered college football, college basketball and high school sports for SI and SI.com. Dohrmann is the author of the book, Play Their Hearts Out, an expose about youth basketball published by Random House in October 2010. It was selected as the top sports book of the (and one of the best 100 overall) by Amazon. A reviewer in the New York Times Book Review called it: "one of the finest books about sports I've ever read."
Margaret Drain is WGBH's Vice President for National Programming, with responsibility for overseeing WGBH's many celebrated series seen nationally on PBS, including Frontline, Nova, Masterpiece, American Experience, and PBS's most-watched program, Antiques Roadshow. She also supervises WGBH's national lifestyle, health, and performance programming.
Under Drain's leadership, WGBH has won multiple News and Documentary Emmys, duPont-Columbia Awards, and George Foster Peabody Awards for its national programming. Drain began her career at WGBH with American Experience, having served as senior producer from 1987 and as executive producer beginning in 1997.
Before moving to Boston, she was a producer at CBS in New York. Drain is a graduate of Columbia University School of Journalism and has a BA from Marquette University.
Jason Felch is a staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times, where he specializes in investigative journalism. Before joining the Los Angeles Times, he reported on Latin America, petroleum and other issues for a number of outlets, including the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, and FRONTLINE/World.
Mark Feldstein is an Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. Feldstein is the author of Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson and the Rise of Washington's Scandal Culture. For two decades, he worked as an investigative reporter for newspapers, magazines, and television, including as an on-air correspondent at CNN and ABC News. On assignment, Feldstein was beaten up in the U.S., censored in Egypt, and escorted out of Haiti under armed guard, earning dozens of journalism's top honors, from the Edward R. Murrow prize to two George Foster Peabody medallions.
A graduate of Harvard who received his doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Feldstein has also won awards for his scholarship from the American Journalism Historians Association and other academic organizations. He is widely quoted as a media analyst by leading news outlets in the United States and abroad, and has testified as an expert witness on First Amendment issues in court and before Congress.
Marcela Gaviria is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker with RAINmedia. Over the last 10 years she has produced over 20 documentaries for PBS FRONTLINE, including five films on post-war Iraq and four hours on Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Working with veteran FRONTLINE producer and correspondent Martin Smith, Gaviria has earned nearly every major award in broadcast journalism. She is also the recipient of the 2008 Peter S. McGhee Fellowship award, which honors an individual whose work reflects excellence, intelligence, fairness, passion and scholarship. Gaviria first worked for FRONTLINE in 1994 with renowned producer William Cran on The Godfather of Cocaine, a film about the drug baron Pablo Escobar. After the production of that hour, she stayed on in her native Colombia and continued to field produce scores of documentaries for PBS and the BBC. In 1997 she was awarded a MacArthur grant to set up the first natural history filmmaking unit in Latin America. In 1999, she returned to FRONTLINE to work on the four part series, Drug Wars.
She is currently producing a one-hour film on Private Bradley Manning and Wikileaks. Gaviria was born in Bogota, Colombia, and obtained her BA from Brown University and her MA from Columbia University.
Karen J. Greenberg is the executive director of the Center on Law and Security. She is the author of The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo's First 100 Days (Oxford University Press, 2009), which was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post and Slate.com.
She is co-editor with Joshua L. Dratel of The Enemy Combatant Papers: American Justice, the Courts, and the War on Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib (Cambridge University Press, 2005), editor of the books The Torture Debate in America (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and Al Qaeda Now (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and editor of the NYU Review of Law and Security.
Her work is featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, The National Interest, Mother Jones, TomDispatch.com, and on major news channels. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Michael Isikoff joined NBC News in July 2010 as national investigative correspondent. He had been at Newsweek since 1994 as an investigative correspondent. He has written extensively on the U.S. government's war on terrorism, the Abu Ghraib scandal, campaign-finance and congressional ethics abuses, presidential politics and other national issues.
Mark Katches is the editorial director for California Watch.
Previously, Katches built and ran investigative teams at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Orange County Register. He was the primary editor of Pulitzer Prize-winning projects in both 2008 and 2010 and has edited or managed three other stories that have been Pulitzer finalists since 2004. Projects he has edited have also won two George Polk Awards and two Scripps-Howard National Journalism Awards as well the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Worth Bingham Prize, the Sigma Delta Chi Award and the National Headliner Award. In 2001, he was part of a reporting team that won the Gerald Loeb and IRE awards for a series of stories detailing the rising profits from the human tissue trade.
A former adjunct professor at USC, Katches served on the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors and still oversees the IRE mentorship program. Katches also serves on the advisory board of the Texas Tribune.
Bill Keller became Op-Ed columnist and senior writer for The New York Times Magazine as well as other areas of the newspaper in September 2001. Previously, he served as managing editor from 1997 to September 2001 after having been the newspaper’s foreign editor from June 1995 to 1997. He was the chief of The Times bureau in Johannesburg from April 1992 until May 1995.
Before that, he had been a Times correspondent in Moscow from December 1986 to October 1991, the last three years as the newspaper's bureau chief. He won a Pulitzer Prize in March 1989 for his coverage of the Soviet Union.
Mr. Keller joined The New York Times in April 1984 as a domestic correspondent based in the Washington bureau. Before coming to The Times, Mr. Keller had been a reporter for The Dallas Times Herald since October 1982. From 1980 until 1982, he was a reporter for the Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report in Washington, covering lobbyists and interest groups. He was a reporter for The Portland Oregonian from July 1970 until March 1979.
Born on January 18, 1949, Mr. Keller graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. degree in 1970 and completed the Advanced Management Program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in July 2000. He is currently a member of the board of trustees of Pomona College. Mr. Keller is married to Emma Gilbey. Ms. Gilbey is a writer and the author of a biography of Winnie Mandela. He has three children, Tom, Molly and Alice.
Armen Keteyian was named CBS News' chief investigative correspondent in February 2006.
Keteyian had been a special features reporter for CBS Sports since 1997, primarily roaming the sidelines during top NFL games and covering the league for "The NFL Today." He contributed to the network's coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship and Final Four, and hosted and co-wrote CBS Sports' coverage of the Tour de France for the past four years.
Keteyian also was a featured correspondent for HBO Sports' "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" since 1997. Additionally, Keteyian co-produced and co-wrote "A City on Fire: The Story of the '68 Detroit Tigers," a 2002 documentary aired as part of HBO Sports' "Sports of the 20th Century" series.
Keteyian is the recipient of eight Emmy Awards, including four for CBS Sports, three for coverage of the Tour de France (2002-04) and one for a Super Bowl pre-game piece about NFL quarterbacks and their sons (2005). He also has two Sports Journalism Emmys for "Real Sports" - a report on the financing of the Bank One Ballpark in Arizona (1998) and a story on high school basketball star Amare Stoudemire (2001).
Barbara Laker is a reporter and editor at Philadephia Daily News. Laker is a native of Kent, England. Laker came to the United States with her family when she was 12. In high school, as Watergate broke, Barbara knew she wanted to be a reporter. She graduated from the University of Missouri Journalism School in 1979.
A reporter for more than 30 years, Barbara has worked for the Clearwater Sun, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Dallas Times-Herald and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, before joining the Philadelphia Daily News in 1993.
She has written about everything from murder and corruption to AIDS and child abuse. At the Daily News, she has been a general assignment reporter, assistant city editor and investigative reporter. With Daily News colleague Wendy Ruderman, she won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism for their series, "Tainted Justice," about a rogue narcotics squad in the Philadelphia Police Department.
Charles Lewis is a professor of journalism and the founding executive editor of the new Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University School of Communication, in Washington, D.C.
A national investigative journalist since 1977, Lewis is a bestselling author who has founded or co-founded four nonprofit enterprises in Washington, including the Center for Public Integrity. He left a successful career as an investigative producer for ABC News and the CBS News program "60 Minutes" and began the Center for Public Integrity from his home, growing it to a full-time staff of 40 people. Under his leadership, the Center published roughly 300 investigative reports, including 14 books, from 1989 through 2004, honored more than 30 times by national journalism organizations.
Lewis was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1998. And in 2004, PEN USA, the respected literary organization, gave its First Amendment award to Lewis, "for expanding the reach of investigative journalism, for his courage in going after a story regardless of whose toes he steps on, and for boldly exercising his freedom of speech and freedom of the press." In 2009, the Encyclopedia of Journalism cited Lewis as "one of the 30 most notable investigative reporters in the U.S. since World War I."
Matt McAlister is Director of Digital Strategy at the Guardian UK. McAlister began his online media career in Silicon Valley marketing Internet software in 1994. He then spent nine years at IDG leading the online businesses at The Industry Standard, Macworld and InfoWorld magazines. He joined Yahoo! in 2005 in the Platforms division where he led several open strategy initiatives such as RSS, social media and the Developer Network. In 2008 he joined the Guardian in London to establish the Open Platform. He is now the Director of Digital Strategy for Guardian Media Group.
David McCraw is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of The New York Times Company, where he is responsible for newsroom legal affairs and serves as lead legal counsel for The Times' freedom-of-information litigation. He was previously Deputy General Counsel at the New York Daily News. Prior to that, he was an associate at the New York offices of Rogers & Wells and Clifford Chance and a clerk for Judge Richard Simons at the New York Court of Appeals. Mr. McCraw has served as a consultant to the drafters of freedom-of-information laws in Yemen and Kuwait and has conducted workshops on press freedom issues in various countries in the Middle East, South America, and Eastern Europe. He was honored in 2010 by the New York City Bar Association for his international pro bono work.
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.
James Risen is an investigative reporter with the New York Times, based in Washington. He is the winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and the 2006 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. He was a member of the New York Times reporting team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. He is the author of three books: Wrath of Angels: The American Abortion War , The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the Final Showdown Between the CIA and the KGB, and State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration. Risen is married and has three children.
Mr. Rochford came to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in August 2004 as the Director of the Oak Ridge Office of Counterintelligence. Under Mr. Rochford's oversight, the Oak Ridge Office of Counterintelligence is responsible for implementing the national Counterintelligence Program for all Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) contractor companies that report through the DOE Oak Ridge Office (ORO) and the Y-12 Site Office. The Oak Ridge Office of Counterintelligence investigates and makes investigative referrals regarding possible foreign intelligence and/or terrorist activities that might target DOE programs, employees, technologies, or facilities.
From 2007 - August 2010 Mr. Rochford took on additional responsibilities as Director of the Oak Ridge Field Intelligence Element (FIE). The FIE supports the intelligence needs of the U.S. DOE and provides a conduit for making Oak Ridge DOE technical capabilities available to the Intelligence Community. Under Mr. Rochford's leadership, the Oak Ridge Office of Counterintelligence along with the FBI Oak Ridge Resident Agency in November 2009 was awarded the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation by Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair. The award recognized the "exceptional service" of these offices from January 2007 to January 2009 during which two high-profile criminal prosecutions were brought to resolution. Roy Lynn Oakley, charged with unlawful disclosure of Restricted Data under the Atomic Energy Act, was sentenced to six years in prison for trying to sell to the French uranium enrichment equipment he had stolen while an employee at the former K-25 Plant, a DOE facility. Dr. John Reece Roth received a 48-month prison sentence for violating the Arms Export Control Act by conspiring to illegally export, and then actually exporting, technical information to a citizen of the People's Republic of China that related to a U.S. military contract.
Before coming to ORNL, Mr. Rochford spent 30 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), starting as a file clerk, then a Russian translator, and finally serving for more than 25 years as a Special Agent investigator, focusing on espionage and counterintelligence. He played a key role in several high-profile espionage cases including those of Aldrich Hazen Ames and Robert P. Hanssen, both of whom are now serving life sentences in U.S. Federal penitentiaries.
In May 2002, he created the FBI’s Espionage Section and served as its chief, managing all espionage investigations worldwide. Mr. Rochford earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from American University, in Washington, D.C. He has completed intensive studies in Russian language at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. He received the Attorney General's Award from the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement from the Central Intelligence Agency for his investigative role in the Robert P. Hanssen case.
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.
Sebastian Rotella is an author and award-winning investigative journalist and foreign correspondent. Since January of 2010, he has been a senior reporter in Washington for ProPublica, covering issues including terrorism, law enforcement, intelligence and organized crime. He spent almost 23 years at the Los Angeles Times, most recently as a national security correspondent in Washington. He also served as an investigative correspondent based in Madrid; bureau chief in Paris covering stories in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East; bureau chief in Buenos Aires covering South America; and Mexican border correspondent.
He is the author of Twilight on the Line: Underworlds and Politics at the U.S.-Mexico Border, which was named a New York Times notable book in 1998. His novel, Triple Crossing, will be published by Little, Brown and Company in 2011. Rotella was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting in 2006. The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism awarded him the Maria Moors Cabot Medal for career coverage of Latin America in 2001. He has also won honors from Harvard University, the Overseas Press Club, the German Marshall Fund and the Inter-American Press Association.
He has given talks at FBI headquarters, the United Nations General Assembly, the Jamestown Foundation, U.S. embassies in Paris, Madrid and Buenos Aires, and universities in the United States and Europe. In 1995, his articles about the Mexican border inspired songs on Bruce Springsteen's album The Ghost of Tom Joad. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and speaks Spanish, French and Italian.
Wendy Ruderman is a reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News. Ruderman has been a newspaper reporter for more than 15 years. After graduating from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) with a bachelor's in communications in 1991, she landed her first journalism job as editor of a small weekly newspaper, the Williamstown Plain Dealer. She left the Plain Dealer in 1993 and joined the public relations staff at WHYY-TV and 91FM in Philadelphia, where she helped publicize PBS and NPR programs, including "Fresh Air with Terry Gross." Ruderman then earned a master's from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1997. She went on to cover both administrations of governors Christie Whitman and James McGreevey, working in the statehouse bureau of the Trenton Times, Associated Press and Bergen Record. From 1997 through 2002, Ruderman aggressively covered Trenton and broke several major stories about racial profiling by the New Jersey State Police. In December 2002, the Philadelphia Inquirer hired her as a staff writer. She was assigned to the Inquirer's investigative team before joining the Philadelphia Daily New in 2007. Ruderman, along with fellow Daily News reporter Barbara Laker, won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for their year-long series on a rogue squad of Philadelphia narcotics officers. Ruderman and Laker are co-authors of a forthcoming book, Midnight in The City of Brotherly Love.
Raquel Rutledge is an investigative reporter with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Watchdog Team and has spent the past two years uncovering widespread fraud in Wisconsin' child-care subsidy program. Her recent series "Cashing in on Kids" exposed a trail of phony companies, fake reports and shoddy oversight costing taxpayers millions of dollars. The stories prompted sweeping reforms of the program, new laws and a crackdown on unscrupulous child-care providers . Regulators cut public funding to more than 200 providers suspected of cheating the program and several have been sent to prison. The "Cashing in on Kids" series won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting as well as a George Polk Award, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism and others.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Rutledge joined the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel staff in 2004 from the Colorado Springs Gazette, where she spent nearly seven years covering education, the military and city hall.
Kara Scannell is the US regulatory correspondent for the Financial Times. She covers US financial regulation and enforcement, including the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the US Department of Justice and state attorney generals' offices. She is based in New York. Prior to joining the FT in 2010, Scannell served as a Washington-based SEC and financial regulation reporter for the Wall Street Journal, where she covered Congress' passage of the financial regulation bill and probes into Goldman Sachs Group, Lehman Brothers, Countrywide and Galleon Group. She has also served as private equity reporter and white-collar crime reporter for the Journal, covering criminal trials such as Martha Stewart, Enron and Tyco. She holds a BA in media studies and economics from Fordham University.
Necessary Secrets Gabriel Schoenfeld is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, and a Resident Scholar at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey. His essays on national security and modern history have appeared in leading publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Weekly Standard, New Republic, Atlantic, National Interest, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Commentary, where from 1994 to 2008 he was Senior Editor. His previous book, The Return of Anti-Semitism, was published by Encounter in 2004.
Before joining Commentary, Schoenfeld was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, where he founded the research bulletin Soviet Prospects. Schoenfeld was an IREX Scholar at Moscow State University, holds a PhD from Harvard University's Department of Government, and is a United States Chess Federation master.
The father of three daughters, he lives in New York City.
Jack Shafer writes a column about the press and politics for Reuters, which he joined in September 2011. Previously, he worked at Slate for 15 years, first as deputy editor and then as the site's “Press Box” columnist. Before Slate, Shafer spent 11 years editing two alternative weeklies--SF Weekly and Washington City Paper--where he estimates he rewrote, massaged, or merely pressed the button on 500 features. Shafer's first salaried job in journalism was at Inquiry magazine, where he was the managing editor. His work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Times Book Review, the Columbia Journalism Review, the New Republic, BookForum, the op-ed page of The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. He has been writing about the press for about 25 years.
Calvin Sims focuses on the development of a free and responsible press worldwide. His work helps foster new and innovative models of reporting, disseminating and financing quality news, with a concentration on social justice issues, diversity of voices, standards and ethics, and press freedoms.
Prior to joining the Ford Foundation in 2007, Calvin spent two decades at The New York Times. He was a director, producer and foreign correspondent and played a central role in the newspaper's expansion into television, documentaries and the Web. He anchored the Times's nightly television news program, hosted a weekly podcast on foreign affairs and produced a critically acclaimed documentary for PBS on the rise of radical Islam in Indonesia. As a foreign correspondent, Calvin was based in Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Seoul and Jakarta.
A graduate of Yale University, Calvin has held the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Ferris Professorship of Journalism at Princeton University. He also conducted workshops and cultural exchange programs for journalists in Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan as part of an effort by American University and the U.S. State Department to resolve historical conflicts.
Holger Stark is editor for the Germany Desk at DER SPIEGEL. He coordinated SPIEGEL's WikiLeaks Team. He joined SPIEGEL in 2001 as a correspondent in Berlin and was part of the investigative team for 9/11 before becoming Deputy Editor for the Germany Desk in 2006. In the 1990s, he was a staff writer for Berliner Zeitung after the fall of the Wall and did extensive reporting on right-wing extremism. He also wrote for the Berlin-based "Der Tagesspiegel." He has a Master of Political Studies from Freie University Berlin. Stark wrote, WikiLeaks: Enemy of State, which is being published in more than 10 countries.
Dina Temple-Raston reports about counterterrorism at home and abroad for NPR News. Her reporting can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines. She joined NPR in March 2007 fresh from a two year sabbatical in which she completed two books, learned Arabic, and received a Master's Degree from Columbia. A long-time foreign correspondent for Bloomberg News in Asia, Temple-Raston opened Bloomberg's Shanghai and Hong Kong offices working for both Bloomberg's financial wire and radio operations. She also served as Bloomberg News' White House correspondent during both Clinton administrations.
Temple-Raston is an award-winning author. Her first book, entitled A Death in Texas and about race in America, won the Barnes' and Noble Discover Award and was chosen as one of the Washington Post's Best Books of 2002. Her second book, on the role Radio Mille Collines played in fomenting the 1994 Rwandan genocide, was a Foreign Affairs magazine bestseller.
She has written two books related to civil liberties and national security. The first, In Defense of Our America (HarperCollins) written with Anthony D. Romero, the executive director of the ACLU, looks at civil liberties in post-9/11 America. The other, The Jihad Next Door (Public Affairs), is the story of the Lackawanna Six, America's first so-called sleeper cell, and the issues that face Muslims in America after 9/11. Temple-Raston holds a Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and a Master's degree from the Columbia University's School of Journalism. She was born in Belgium and French was her first language.
Richard Tofel is general manager of ProPublica, with responsibility for all of its non-journalism operations, including communications, legal, development, finance, and budgeting, and human resources. He was formerly the assistant publisher of The Wall Street Journal and, earlier, an assistant managing editor of the paper, vice president, corporate communications for Dow Jones & Company, and an assistant general counsel of Dow Jones. More recently, he served as vice president, general counsel and secretary of the Rockefeller Foundation, and earlier as president and chief operating officer of the International Freedom Center, a museum and cultural center that was planned for the World Trade Center site. He is the author of "Eight Weeks in Washington, 1861: Abraham Lincoln and the Hazards of Transition" (St. Martin's, 2011), "Restless Genius: Barney Kilgore, The Wall Street Journal, and the Invention of Modern Journalism" (St. Martin's, 2009); "Sounding the Trumpet: The Making of John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address" (Ivan R. Dee, 2005), "Vanishing Point: The Disappearance of Judge Crater, and the New York He Left Behind" (Ivan R. Dee, 2004) and "A Legend in the Making: The New York Yankees in 1939" (Ivan R. Dee, 2002).
Mc Nelly Torres
Mc Nelly Torres is an award-winning investigative journalist based in South Florida and Associate Director and Reporter of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. Most recently, Torres was the Stimulus Team Leader for EdMoney.org, a project of the Education Writers Association. Torres has worked in five dailies across the nation. She also writes consumer investigations for ConsumerAffairs.com and she recently collaborated with journalists from El Centro de Periodismo Investigativo de Puerto Rico to investigate the corporation behind a deadly refinery explosion in Puerto Rico on Oct. 23, 2009. She covered education at the San Antonio Express-News in Texas where she wrote about four politically contentious school districts including the largest inner city school system. Her work in San Antonio contributed to the conviction of a school building architect. At the Morning News in South Carolina, she garnered local and state awards for her investigative work on the stateâ€™s hog farm permit filing process. Her work in South Florida as a consumer writer for the Sun-Sentinel led to the conviction of a businessman with a history of defrauding customers, a state probe of a foreclosure-rescue firm and changes in state laws pertaining to foreclosure-rescue business. In 2008, she became the first Latina elected to the board of Investigative Reporters and Editors, the worldâ€™s leading organization of investigative journalists. Torres has trained hundreds of journalists around the country at workshops sponsored by IRE and other organizations. She holds a bachelorâ€™s degree in journalism from Colorado State University-Pueblo, formerly known as the University of Southern Colorado. A native of Puerto Rico, Torres has lived around the world while following a military husband who retired in 2005.
Mr. Watson is currently employed with Booz Allen Hamilton as a Senior Executive Advisor. As such, he coordinates and advises top level management in areas related to law enforcement, counterterrorism, and counterintelligence. Mr. Watson acts as liaison between government agency leaders within the FBI, DHS, CIA, DoD and Booz Allen Hamilton top level management. Mr. Watson retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in October 2002, after 24 years of service.
Prior to his retirement from the FBI, Mr. Watson was the Executive Assistant Director for Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Intelligence. He was involved in every major terrorist investigation during the nineties and up until his retirement in 2002, including the first World Trade Center attack, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Khobar Towers Air Force barracks bombing, the East Africa Embassy bombings, the Millennium threat, the USS Cole bombing, the Anthrax Attack, and the second World Trade Center/ Pentagon attack on 9/11.
Lawrence Wright has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. In 2007, he won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11," parts of which first appeared in the magazine. His piece "The Apostate" ran in last year’s Anniversary Issue and won a 2012 National Magazine Award.