Participants

MarcusMARCUS BARAM is the night news editor at Huffington Post, helping coordinate news coverage and launch our citizen journalism and investigative journalism initiatives. Previously, Baram was an assistant news editor at the Wall Street Journal, a news editor at the New York Observer and a reporter at the NY Daily News.

 

 

 

JOE BERGANTINO is the Director and Senior Investigative Reporter of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University. Bergantino has been a national and local investigative reporter for almost 30 years. He spent most of his career as the I-Team Reporter for WBZ-TV in Boston. He also did investigative reporting for WPLG-TV, the Washington Post owned TV station in Miami and spent five years as a correspondent for ABC News where he reported for World News Tonight, Nightline and Good Morning America. During his career, Bergantino has won many of the broadcast industry’s most prestigious awards including a duPont-Columbia Award and Citation, a Robert F. Kennedy Award for reporting on the disadvantaged, and a Gabriel Award. He has won several local Emmy awards including one designating him Best Investigative Reporter in New England. He was twice nominated for national Emmys for his work in 2002 and 2004. His stories have had a major impact on the lives of New Englanders and the results of his investigations have been felt worldwide. Bergantino has also taught news writing at Boston College for the past 13 years and is a clinical professor of journalism at Boston University.

 

Buzenberg-boardBILL BUZENBERG became executive director of the Center for Public Integrity in December 2006. He has been a journalist and news executive at newspapers and in public radio for more than 35 years. Most recently, as senior vice president of news at American Public Media / Minnesota Public Radio, Buzenberg launched such programming initiatives as American RadioWorks, public radio’s major documentary and investigative journalism unit, and Speaking of Faith, public radio’s signature program on religion. He also began Public Insight Journalism, an innovative use of technology to draw knowledge from the audience. Buzenberg was vice president of news and information at National Public Radio from 1990 to 1997. He was responsible for launching Talk of the Nation, as well as the expansion of All Things Considered and the extension of NPR’s newscasts services to 24 hours a day. During his tenure, the NPR News Division was honored with 9 DuPont-Columbia Batons and 10 Peabody Awards. At both NPR and MPR, he was active in helping raise significant foundation funding to bolster public radio programming. Buzenberg joined NPR in 1978 as the first reporter to help start Morning Edition. For 11 years, he was a foreign affairs correspondent based mostly in Washington, D.C. He was named London bureau chief in 1986 and became NPR’s first managing editor in 1989.

 

Sandy CloseSANDY CLOSE began her journalism career in the mid 1960’s when she worked for the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong and founded an inner city newspaper in Oakland, California.  She has run Pacific News Service since 1974, she developed youth media (YO! and The Beat Within) and ethnic media (New America Media) to create more inclusive journalism.  A recipient of a MacArthur Award, she also co-produced the 1996 Oscar Award winning short documentary Breathing Lessons.

 

 

coronel SHEILA S. CORONEL is director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and professor of professional practice, Columbia University, New York. The Stabile Center directs an investigative reporting program for graduate students and works with news organizations to get student work published. Sheila began her reporting career in 1982 on the Philippine Panorama and later joined the Manila Times; she also wrote for the Manila Chronicle. As a stringer for the New York Times and the Guardian (London), she covered seven attempted coups d’etat against the Aquino government. In 1989, Coronel cofounded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism to promote investigative reporting and groundbreaking reporting on major social issues, including the military, poverty, and corruption. She is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including Coups, Cults & Cannibals, The Rule-makers: How the Wealthy and Well-Born Dominate Congress, and Pork and other Perks: Corruption and Governance in the Philippines. She has received numerous awards for her work. She received an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of the Philippines, and a master’s in political sociology from the London School of Economics.

 

Len Downie, Jr. LEONARD DOWNIE, JR., is vice president at large of The Washington Post Co. During a 45-year career at The Post, he was an investigative reporter, deputy Metro editor, assistant managing editor for Metro News, London correspondent, National editor, Managing Editor (1984-1991) and Executive Editor (1991-2008). In August, 2009, he will become Weil Family Professor of Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University. He is currently working on a research project for the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism on the future of news reporting. He is the author of five books, including The News About the News: American Journalism in Peril (with Robert G. Kaiser), and his first novel, The Rules of the Game, published by Knopf earlier this year.

 

bduffyBRIAN DUFFY was recently named Director of Investigation and Enterprise Reporting, a newly created position, at NPR News, in which he will oversee investigative reporting and long-range reporting projects. Duffy had been the Managing Editor of NPR News since joining the organization in October 2007. Prior to joining NPR, Duffy served as Editor of U.S. News & World Report for seven years, directing all of the editorial operations of the magazine and its web site. Duffy has also served as Deputy National Editor at the Washington Post, responsible for investigations, and as Investigations Editor of the Wall Street Journal. Duffy has specialized in coverage of intelligence, law-enforcement and national-security affairs, is the recipients of many journalism honors, and is the author and co-author of five books.

 

Margaret EngelMARGARET ENGEL is the Executive Director of the nation’s oldest journalism writing fellowships, the Alicia Patterson Journalism Foundation. She is the former managing editor of the Newseum, the interactive museum of news, in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s J-School and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University. She was a reporter for the Washington Post, Des Moines Register, and Lorain (OH) Journal. She chairs the board of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards and is a member of the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the Helen Hayes Awards. She has been an invited speaker for the last three Conferences on World Affairs at the University of Colorado. She was inducted into the Cosmos Club, in Washington, D.C., in 2008.

 

Laura FrankLAURA FRANK – an investigative reporter at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver until it closed Feb. 27 – has nearly two decades experience at metropolitan daily newspapers, radio and public television. Her stories have helped innocent people be released from prison, abused children get protection, and Cold War heroes get aid they’d been denied. Now she is helping launch the non-profit Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network at the University of Colorado, where she also will be a Scripps Fellow at the Center for Environmental Journalism.

 

 

Louis PhotoLOUIS FREEDBERG is the director of California Watch, a project of the   Center for Investigative Reporting focusing on key California issues.    He was previously the founding director of the California Media   Collaborative which devised new strategies for reporting on the state.   Until August, 2007 he was on the editorial board of The San Francisco Chronicle, where his major areas of coverage included immigration, education and criminal justice. He previously worked as The Chronicle’s higher education reporter, and as a correspondent in the paper’s Washington D.C. bureau.  He established and directed Youth News (the precursor to Youth Radio), an award-winning national media project in Oakland, California, which trained high school students as radio news reporters. He was a senior editor for Pacific News Service (now New America Media) where directed its youth-oriented Pacific Youth Press.  As a foreign correspondent, Freedberg has reported from diverse regions of the world, including Southern Africa and Central   America, the former Soviet Union and Central America. He was the recipient of a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University and an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship. He has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from UC Berkeley.

 

IMG_1917MARGARET WOLF FREIVOGEL is the founding editor of the St. Louis Beacon, an online-only, non-profit news site that launched in the spring of 2008. The Beacon focuses on news that matters to the St. Louis region, especially the economy, politics, education, health and the arts. Previously, she worked for 34 years at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a reporter, Washington correspondent and assistant managing editor. She led creation of the paper’s NewsWatch news analysis section and of its ethics and sourcing policies. Her Washington reporting won several awards, including the National Press Club Washington Correspondent’s Award and the American Bar Association Gavel Award. She was president of Journalism and Women Symposium, a national organization.

 

gibbonsGENE GIBBONS, executive editor of Stateline.org, the award-winning state news Web site, covered six presidents and such epochal political events as Watergate, Iran-Contra and the Monica Lewinsky scandal during a 29-year career as a wire service journalist. Gibbons was Reuters’ chief White House correspondent from 1985 to 1997. Prior to joining Reuters, he was a member of the United Press International Washington bureau, covering Congress, politics and the White House. Gibbons served on the board of the White House Correspondents Association and is a past president of the Radio-Television Correspondents Association. In 1992, he was a panelist in the third Clinton-Bush-Perot presidential campaign debate. The debate was seen on television by 97 million Americans – one of the largest audiences ever for a political broadcast. He has also appeared on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN’s Inside Politics, C-SPAN’s Journalists’ Roundtable and numerous other broadcasts.

 

graves-1FLORENCE GEORGE GRAVES is founding director of The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University (www.brandeis.edu/investigate), the first independent reporting center based at a university. Her work focuses on revealing abuses of government and corporate power and inequities between the powerful and the powerless. Founded in 2004, The Institute has collaborated with a number of major news organizations, including The Washington Post, Foreign Policy magazine, PBS NOW, The Boston Globe, Columbia Journalism Review, and SLATE. Graves was the lead reporter in a six-month collaboration between the Institute and The Washington Post, for a 2006 investigation which revealed that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had failed to probe allegations—as federal regulations required—that thousands of unapproved parts manufactured from 1994 to 2002 were installed on Boeing jets. In a1992 collaboration with the The Washington Post, she and a colleague broke the Senator Bob Packwood sexual misconduct story, leading to an historic three-year Senate investigation, a Supreme Court battle, a threat to the senator and finally his forced resignation. Graves has received fellowships and awards from the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Harvard’s Radcliffe Public Policy Institute, the Alicia Patterson Foundation, the Pope Foundation, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, and Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. She founded the Washington D.C. based award-winning and nationally circulated muckraking journal, Common Cause Magazine. Her has work led to congressional hearings and to reforms in public policies, and has received major awards including the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, the highest award given in magazine journalism.

 

ANDY HALL 3ANDY HALL is founder and executive director of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, an independent nonprofit news organization (www.WisconsinWatch.org) that launched in January 2009. The center works with its partners – Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication – and collaborates with mainstream and ethnic media to examine government integrity and quality-of-life issues. A former Investigative Reporters and Editors board member, Hall has won dozens of national and state awards for his reporting over the past 26 years at the Wisconsin State Journal and The Arizona Republic.

 

LORIE HEARN is the senior editor for Metro and Watchdog Journalism at The San Diego Union-Tribune. She soon will be leaving that position to launch The Watchdog Institute, a nonprofit with a mission to produce data-driven investigations in San Diego and Imperial counties. The institute’s lead partner will be the Union-Tribune, which has made a substantial financial commitment toward furthering this important work. The institute aims to forge other media partnerships before it opens in the fall. Hearn is negotiating an affiliation with San Diego State University, where students will have the opportunity to work on investigations and the institute’s staff can mentor these journalists of the future. In 35 years in the business, Hearn has been a reporter, legal editor and Metro Editor. She was a Nieman Foundation fellow at Harvard University in 1994-95 and was named legal affairs editor upon returning to San Diego. She became Metro Editor in 1999 and oversaw regional and city news coverage, which included the city of San Diego’s financial debacle and threatened bankruptcy. Reporters and editors on Metro during her tenure were part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning stories that exposed Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham bribery scandal and led to his imprisonment.

HorvitMARK HORVIT became IRE’s executive director in January 2008, running an organization with almost 4,000 members that provides dozens of training sessions for journalists annually. He is also an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism. Horvit most recently served as projects editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in his native Texas. His journalism career includes reporting and editing duties at half-a-dozen daily newspapers in Florida, North Carolina, Missouri and Texas.

 

 

Brant HoustonBRANT HOUSTON is the Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign where he teaches investigative and advanced reporting. He is the co-author of The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook and author of Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide. Houston is co-founder and coordinator of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, board president of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, and a board member of the Fund for Investigative Journalism. He also is working with journalists in several states who are forming investigative journalism centers and trying to develop successful business models. Before becoming the Knight Chair, Houston was executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) for 12 years. Houston was a daily journalist for 17 years before he joined IRE. He was an award-winning investigative reporter at The Hartford Courant and at The Kansas City Star where he was part of the newsroom staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of a hotel building collapse.

 

NAOMI JACKSON is program associate for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s Democratic Practice (U.S.) program and the New York City portion of the RBF’s Pivotal Place program. She joined the RBF in late 2006, after spending a year in South Africa on a Fulbright fellowship. While in South Africa, she received her M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town and worked as Contributing Editor for Chimurenga, a journal of arts, politics, and culture. Ms. Jackson’s previous non-profit experience includes positions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Russell Sage Foundation, and Blue Ridge Foundation New York. She is a cum laude graduate of Williams College, where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow.

 

Joel kramerJOEL KRAMER is Editor and CEO of MinnPost.com, a not-for-profit startup providing high-quality journalism for Minnesotans on the internet. Before starting MinnPost, Joel spent four and a half years as Executive Director of Growth & Justice, a progressive economic think tank he founded that is devoted to the proposition that Minnesota could simultaneously achieve economic growth and economic justice. From 1983 to 1991, Joel was Executive Editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and from 1992 to 1998 he was Publisher and President. Twice in his career, Joel edited investigative projects that won Pulitzer Prizes.

 

 

LathropDANIEL LATHROP is an award-winning journalist in Seattle, Washington. His work has received awards including: a White House Correspondents Association Edgar A. Poe Award, the Online Journalism Awards, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association and many others. He is a founding member of InvestigateWest, a nonprofit investigative reporting unit covering the West and Western issues. From his Seattle base, Lathrop freelances for news organizations around the country. He also teaches other journalists extensively at seminars around the country on computer-assisted reporting, Web development, multimedia, investigative reporting, public records and other topics at the intersection of journalism and technology. Until March 2009, Lathrop worked on the investigative projects team at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which had been one of the oldest newspapers in the Western United States. Prior to 2006, Lathrop held a variety of positions at the Center for Public Integrity, including database editor supervising the Center’s computer-assisted-reporting unit. He contributed to numerous award-winning projects including The Buying of the President 2004, a New York Times bestseller by Center founder Charles Lewis.

 

ChuckCHARLES (CHUCK) LEWIS is executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University in Washington. A former ABC News and CBS News 60 Minutes producer, he founded and for 15 years was executive director of the Center for Public Integrity, which won the George Polk Award in 2004 for posting the U.S. war contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Co-author of five Center books, including the bestseller, The Buying of the President 2004, Lewis was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1998 and received the PEN USA First Amendment award in 2004.

 

Scott LewisSCOTT LEWIS is the CEO of the pioneering nonprofit investigative news source, voiceofsandiego.org. Scott oversees the operations of the website, which the Christian Science Monitor called “a ray of hope for a troubled industry.” Scott is in charge of its business and marketing functions and must ensure that it continues to grow and innovate as the news industry quickly changes. Scott began covering local politics for the voiceofsandiego.org in 2005 and his weekly column was awarded best column in San Diego by both the San Diego Press Club and San Diego Society of Professional Journalists in 2007. He still maintains a political blog and regularly breaks news and hosts some of the city’s most important discussions. He is a graduate of the University of Utah and held full-time reporting jobs at the Salt Lake City Weekly and San Diego Daily Transcript before working with voiceofsandiego.org.

 

LORI MCGLINCHEY is senior program officer for the Open Society Institute’s Transparency and Integrity Fund. Her grantmaking portfolio includes media and technology policy, journalism, state-based grantmaking and support for government and private sector watchdog groups. Previously, she was assistant director of U.S. Programs. In that role, she participated in the management of day-to-day operations of U.S. Programs and developed grantmaking in several areas, including media policy reform, documentary film, and the politicization of science-based policymaking. She has also developed special communications initiatives for OSI, including the Soros/Sundance Documentary Fund’s Tenth Anniversary Film Festival. Lori joined OSI in September 2000 and served as program officer for the Project on Death in America until the program closed in 2004.

 

DUNSTAN McNICHOL, was a daily newspaper reporter for 30 years until taking a buyout from the Newark Star-Ledger in December, 2008. Mr. McNichol began and ended his newspaper career in New Jersey, but in between worked stints at the Kansas City Star, the Ft. Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel, the Indianapolis News and States News Service in Washington, D.C. He was part of news staffs in Kansas City and Trenton that were awarded Pulitzer Prizes for breaking news coverage. Mr. McNichol is currently coordinating development of NJSpotlight.com, a Trenton-based web site designed to demonstrate a new model of sustainable Statehouse journalism.

 

moserROBERT MOSER began his journalism career in 1990, reporting on Southern culture and politics for The Independent Weekly in Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill. In 1995 he was named editor of The Independent, which won more than 25 national awards for excellence in investigative reporting and writing under his leadership, including the Thurgood Marshall Award and the Batten Medal for outstanding humanitarian journalism in the United States. Moser was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University during the 2000-2001 academic year. He was senior writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report from 2002 to 2005, winning Green Eyeshade awards for his exposes of the rise of anti-immigration extremism and hate violence against the GLBT community. Along the way, Moser has contributed feature articles to national magazines including Rolling Stone and Out. His 2005 Rolling Stone story about the savage killing of transgendered Gwen Araujo, “The Murder of a Boy Named Gwen,” won the 2006 GLAAD Media Award for outstanding magazine article of the year. Moser became senior editor of The Nation in 2005. During the 2007-2008 presidential campaign, he traveled the country to produce a series on the transformation of red-state politics, “Purple America,” for The Nation. His book on the past and future of Southern Democrats, Blue Dixie, was released by Times Books in August 2008; a paperback edition came out in April. Moser is now editor of The Texas Observer.

 

ParsonsCHERILYN PARSONS has been a consultant in fund development and strategic planning for sixteen years and specializes in non-profit journalism and media organizations. She has been instrumental in founding journalistic institutes at the University of Southern California (Annenberg School) and City University of New York. She has raised funds for the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, for public radio, and for myriad other non-profit organizations. In the mid 1990s, she served as Director of Foundation Relations for the University of Southern California, where she oversaw all foundation support for the university. She also taught for several years in USC’s School of Business Administration. She has a Master’s degree in Professional Writing from USC and a Bachelor’s in English with honors from UCLA. She also writes occasional feature articles for newspapers and magazines, and is writing a novel and a travel memoir, both partly set in Asia, where she has traveled extensively.

 

Rick RodriguezRICK RODRIGUEZ is the former executive editor and senior vice president of The Sacramento Bee, who joined the Cronkite School as the Carnegie professor, Southwest Borderlands Initiative, in March 2008. During his more than nine years as The Bee’s top editor, his staff won many of the country’s most prestigious journalism awards. They included the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 2007; the George Polk award for investigative reporting; the Robert F. Kennedy Award; National Headliner’s award; Sigma Delta Chi; Overseas Press Club; American Society of Newspaper Editors diversity writing award; Harvard Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers; Heywood Broun Award; Inter-American Press Association award; National Press Photographer’s Award; World Hunger Award; the EPPY award for online project journalism and many others. Rodriguez was managing editor for five years prior to becoming executive editor of The Bee where he worked as an assistant managing editor, recruiter, columnist, projects editor, editorial writer, deputy Capitol Bureau Chief and reporter during a 25-year career there. He also was a reporter at The Fresno Bee and The Salinas Californian.

 

rosenthalROBERT ROSENTHAL, an award-winning journalist with nearly 40 years of experience, 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. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in international reporting. Rosenthal worked for 22 years at the Inquirer, becoming its executive editor in 1998. He became managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle in late 2002, and joined the Center for Investigative Reporting as executive director in 2008.

 

SandovalRICARDO SANDOVAL is assistant city editor at the Sacramento Bee newspaper. He supervises the paper’s environment, health care and science teams of reporters. He is also responsible for planning The Bee’s weekend Metro pages. Before joining The Bee, Ricardo was a foreign correspondent, based in Mexico City, for the Dallas Morning News and Knight Ridder Newspapers. Ricardo was born in Mexico and raised in San Diego, California. He graduated from Humboldt State University in Northern California. Ricardo’s career has spanned three decades and has included award-winning coverage of California agriculture, immigration, the savings and loan scandal and the deregulation of public utility companies. His list of awards includes the Overseas Press Club, the InterAmerican Press Club, the Gerald Loeb prize for business journalism, and two Los Angeles Press Club awards. Ricardo also co-authored the biography “The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement” published in 1997 by Harcourt. The book won the Myers Center Award for Human Rights from Boston College. Away from the newsroom, Ricardo is president of the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and is active in the National Hispanic Journalists Association.

 

Jon SawyerJON SAWYER is the founding director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit organization that funds independent reporting with the intent of raising the standard of media coverage and engaging the broadest possible public in global affairs. In its first three years the Center has funded over 100 reporting projects in four dozen countries, partnering with major newspapers, magazines and broadcast outlets. The Center produces short video documentaries for public television and is creator of the innovative educational outreach programs Global Gateway and Campus Consortium. The Center’s website is http://www.pulitzercenter.org. Jon was previously the Washington bureau chief for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, for which he reported from five dozen countries.

 

segallerSTEPHEN SEGALLER is Vice President of Content for WNET.ORG, heading up the creation of all national and local programming from the company’s producing subsidiaries – Thirteen, WLIW21 and Creative News Group. Among these acclaimed productions are: Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Secrets of the Dead, Wide Angle, Worldfocus, Exposé , Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Cyberchase, SundayArts, Reel 13 and many documentary films and series. For nine years to January 2008 he was WNET’s Director of News and Public Affairs Programming. He has been a journalist, producer, director, writer and author whose work has been broadcast and published on both sides of the Atlantic and all over the world.

 

SeibertTRENT SEIBERT has been a journalist at newspapers across the United States for more than 10 years, uncovering corruption and exposing closed-door operations of state and local governments. Before moving to Houston, he worked for the Tennessee Center for Policy Research uncovering government waste, fraud and abuse. Previously, Trent was a political reporter for The (Nashville) Tennessean, where he was part of the team that uncovered cronyism and corruption in the Tennessee Highway Patrol. He also reported on ethics in government and the influence of lobbyists on Tennessee’s Capitol Hill. In 2005, Trent was a co-winner of the newsroom’s Jimmy Davy Award, recognizing the newsroom’s “most valuable player.” The Nashville Scene named him the city’s “Best Capitol Hill Reporter” that same year.

 

Ben Shute photo 9-00BENJAMIN R. SHUTE, JR., is program director for the Fund’s Democratic Practice grantmaking program. He joined the Fund in 1980, was secretary from 1982 until March, 2009, and from 1992 until 1999 also served as treasurer. For several years in the 1980s he was responsible for the Fund’s New York City program, and he directed the Fund’s program on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector until that program was phased out in 2003. Mr. Shute is a trustee of The Interchurch Center and of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund; a director of PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement); and an emeritus trustee of Trinity School (New York), where from 2003 until 2006 he was president of the board. From 1994 until 2006 he chaired the Governing Council of the Rockefeller Archive Center. He has previously served as a director of Independent Sector, the National Council of Nonprofit Associations, and the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers; and as a member of the board of advisors of New York University Law School’s National Center on Philanthropy and the Law.

 

STEPHEN SMITH is executive editor and host of American RadioWorks, the largest documentary team in public radio. ARW is a production unit of American Public Media, which produces Marketplace, A Prairie Home Companion and many other national programs. American RadioWorks produces enterprise and investigative projects on a wide range of subjects, and has collaborated with the Center for Public Integrity, The Center for Investigative Reporting, WNET.ORG, FRONTLINE, BBC World Current Affairs, and others. Smith is the winner of the duPont-Columbia University Gold Baton, as well as many other national journalism awards.

 

WestphalDAVID WESTPHAL is the former Washington Editor for McClatchy Newspapers and joined USC Annenberg as Executive in Residence in Fall, 2008. In addition to supervising McClatchy’s Washington and foreign bureaus, he led the editorial operations of McClatchy Tribune Information Services, with more than 1,200 media clients worldwide. Westphal began his newspaper career as editor of a small daily in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He then spent 17 years at the Des Moines Register, where his jobs ranged from sports editor to Washington bureau reporter to managing editor, a job he held from 1988 to 1995.He joined McClatchy’s Washington bureau in 1995, first as deputy bureau chief and then, in 1998, as bureau chief. In 2006 he supervised the merger of the McClatchy and Knight Ridder Washington bureaus. The combined staff now totals nearly 50 journalists. With 30 newspapers and Web sites, McClatchy is the nation’s third-largest newspaper company and maintains bureaus in Baghdad and seven other world capitals.

 

Gordon_WitkinGORDON WITKIN joined the Center in September 2008 following a long career at U.S. News & World Report and a shorter stint at Congressional Quarterly. At U.S. News, Witkin served as a regional correspondent in Detroit, covering the Midwest, and as bureau chief in Denver, covering the Rocky Mountain West, before coming to Washington in 1987. He served as the magazine’s criminal justice writer for 11 years, and then joined the management ranks as chief of correspondents in 1998. Starting in January 2003, he spent four and a half years as the news magazine’s national affairs editor. More recently, Witkin served for a year as social policy editor at Congressional Quarterly, supervising coverage of health care, legal affairs, education, immigration, housing, and labor. He began his career at The Indianapolis Star, and has been a freelance contributor to Planning magazine and Tennis magazine. Witkin’s work has been honored by the American Bar Association and the National Press Club.

 

MelindaMELINDA WITTSTOCK, Bureau Chief, Founder and CEO of Capitol News Connection in 2003 with two staff and 10 stations. It now reaches more than 200 stations and 3.1m people, and is emerging as the only source for original ‘shoe-leather’ reporting from Congress on the local impacts of national policy-making. Wittstock also created ‘Ask Your Lawmaker’, an interactive web service that empowers citizens to question their lawmakers. Wittstock is an award-winning broadcast and print journalist with 22 years’ reporting and hosting experience in the highly competitive New York, Washington, and London media markets. Her work spans BBC Radio and TV News, ABC News, National Public Radio (NPR), MSNBC/CNBC, as well as London’s Times, Guardian, and Observer newspapers. Brought up in New York and Toronto, Wittstock graduated with an Honors B.A. in Political Science from McGill University (American Government, International Relations, and Political Philosophy). She moved to London and joined the London Times as a correspondent when she was just 22. She spent five years on the newspaper, breaking several major investigative exclusive political and business stories, and started working for the BBC in 1990 as a newsmagazine reporter and live radio/TV pundit.

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