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Investigative Reporting Workshop Advisory Board

Yevgenia Albats was the first Soviet journalist to investigate the Soviet political police, the KGB, when the communist regime was still in control. She is the author of The State Within A State: KGB and Its Hold on Russia. In 1989, she received the Golden Pen Award, the highest journalism honor in the then-Soviet Union. She was an Alfred Friendly fellow in 1990 and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1993. Albats also freelanced for several publications, including the Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, and the CNN bureau in Moscow. She has a PhD in political science from Harvard University. Albats is the author of four books and currently is a deputy editor in chief and political editor of the Moscow-based political weekly, The New Times, one of the few independent media outlets in the current Russia. She is a talk show host at Echo Moskvy Broadcasting and international Russian language TV network RTVI. She is also a professor of political science at the Moscow-based University, The Higher School of Economics.

Rosental Calmon Alves is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Knight Chair in Journalism and the UNESCO Chair in Communication. He is also the founding director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas that has helped to fund and found journalism organizations throughout Latin America in recent years, most of them dedicated to investigative reporting. For a decade, Alves worked as a foreign correspondent for Brazil's daily newspaper, Jornal do Brasil, reporting from Spain, Argentina, Mexico, and the United States. He taught journalism at two Rio de Janeiro universities and in 1987-88 became the first Brazilian to be selected as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. As a correspondent and editor, he has participated in or directed several investigative reporting projects.

Walt Bogdanich won his third Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for his reporting on toxic ingredients in medicine and other everyday products imported from China, leading to crackdowns by American and Chinese officials. He became investigations editor for The New York Times’ business and finance desk in 2001 and assistant editor for the investigative desk in 2003. Bogdanich has worked at CBS News 60 Minutes, ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, The Cleveland Press and The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. His awards include Pulitzer Prizes in 2005 for “Death on the Tracks,” which examined the safety record of the U.S. railroad industry and in 1988 for his articles in The Wall Street Journal on substandard medical laboratories, four George Polk Awards, an IRE Award and an Overseas Press Club Award.

John Carroll has been the editor of three newspapers, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, and The Lexington Herald-Leader, and directed coverage that won Pulitzer Prizes at all three newspapers (five at The Los Angeles Times in 2005 alone, and a total of 13 Pulitzer Prizes during his five years as editor there). He was a Nieman Fellow in 1971-72, and in 1988, had a similar fellowship at Oxford. He has received several individual awards, including Editor of the Year, from the National Press Foundation (1999). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2006 was the Knight Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

Yuen-Ying Chan is journalism professor and founding director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong. She is also the founding dean of the journalism school at Shantou University, China, where she promotes the teaching of fact-based journalism. Prior to joining HKU in 1998, she spent 23 years working as a journalist in New York City. From 1990 to 1997, she worked for the New York Daily News, where she won a Polk Award for reporting on the human-smuggling trade from China. Chan was one of the first journalists to investigate campaign finance links between Asia and the Clinton re-election campaign. Her reporting for Yazhou Zhoukan (Asia Weekly), an international Chinese-language weekly, triggered a lawsuit by a senior official of Taiwan's ruling party. For her battle against the criminal-libel suit, she was awarded a 1997 International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Chan was a 1996 Nieman Fellow at Harvard. She has been a member of the board of the Peabody Awards for electronic media since 2003.

Sunday Dare is the former general editor of two of Nigeria's weekly newsmagazines, The News and Tempo. Some of his reports drew the wrath of Nigeria's military dictators, including a nationwide manhunt for him, which he has described in his memoir, Guerilla Journalism: Dispatches from the Underground. Dare was part of the Center for Public Integrity/International Consortium of Investigative Journalists team which produced Making a Killing: The Business of War, winner of the 2003 Sigma Delta Chi award for investigative reporting online (independent). He has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and in 2001 received a citation for courage from the Committee to Protect Journalists for his work in Nigeria. Currently he is the head of Voice of America’s Hausa Service, which produces three 30-minute programs for broadcast each day to a region that has one of the single largest Muslim populations in Africa. He is also currently working to establish a Nigerian Center for Investigative Journalism. A member of U.S.-based Investigative Reporters and Editors, for years Dare has trained journalists in Nigeria about investigative reporting.

Anne Garrels  is a senior foreign correspondent for NPR. She has spent the past six years in Iraq, covering the country under Saddam Hussein's regime and through the U.S. invasion and its aftermath. One of 16 U.S. journalists to remain in Baghdad during the initial phase of the war, she wrote about her experiences there in Naked in Baghdad (2003). Before joining NPR in 1988, she was the State Department correspondent for NBC News, following a decade at ABC News as the network’s Central American bureau chief, and earlier, as correspondent and bureau chief in Moscow before she was expelled in 1982. From Tiananmen Square to the battlegrounds of Chechnya, from Bosnia to Kosovo, Israel to Iraq, Garrels has covered conflict around the world. Her recent work in Iraq alone has been honored with the George Polk Award, the 2004 CPB Edward R. Murrow Award, the Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women's Media Foundation, the Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Award and the University of Missouri Medal for Distinguished Service to Journalism, among others.

Gwen Lister, a journalist for 30 years, founded The Namibian in 1985 during apartheid colonialism in the country. Lister was jailed twice, in 1984 under the Official Secrets Act, and in June 1988, when she was detained without trial and denied access to a lawyer. Authorities jailed her the second time in an attempt to force her to reveal the source of a secret document she had published, which proposed sweeping new powers for the police; she was four months pregnant at the time. Attacks on the newspaper and harassment of its staff culminated in an arson attack that destroyed the offices of The Namibian in October 1988. After independence in 1990, the newspaper editorial offices were damaged in a phosphorous grenade firebombing. In these and other bombings, The Namibian never missed an edition. In 1992, she was awarded a Committee to Protect Journalists' International Press Freedom Award, in 1996 she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and in 2000, Lister was named one of 50 World Press Freedom Heroes of the last half century by the International Press Institute.

Phil Meyer is Professor Emeritus in journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The author or co-author of several books, his Precision Journalism (1973) has been listed by Journalism Quarterly as one of the 35 significant books of the 20th century on journalism and mass communication. The fourth edition was published in 2002. His most recent book is The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age, published in 2004. The veteran Knight Ridder reporter and editor is a Fellow of the Society of Professional journalists, he is a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors. He has received career awards from American Association for Public Opinion Research, the National Press Foundation, the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center and others. (Photo by Mark Derewicz)

Deborah Nelson, a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter and editor, directs the Merrill College’s Carnegie Seminar. She joined the faculty in 2006, after five years as Washington investigative editor for The Los Angeles Times. She also reported for The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, The Chicago Sun-Times and two small Illinois dailies. Over 30 years, she produced more than two dozen investigative series on a wide range of topics--medical research, federal land and housing programs, criminal justice issues, pollution and politics. She is president of the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, on the board of the Fund for Investigative Journalism, and past president of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). Her first book, The War Behind Me: Vietnam Veterans Confront the Truth about War Crimes, (Basic Books 2008) is scheduled for release in the fall. (Photo by John Consoli)

Leonarda Reyes is founder and director of the Center for Journalism and Public Ethics in Mexico. She worked 11 years for Reforma-El Norte newspapers covering the federal Congress, political parties and the presidency as well as national security. Investigations she conducted revealed widespread electoral fraud and corruption involving public contracts. Reyes also covered the U.S. invasion of Panama, and Mexico's relations with Cuba. She later became Reforma's national assignment editor. She went on to work for three years as managing editor for TV Azteca News and later was appointed director of production for its nationwide affiliates. Reyes was a 1990 Knight Fellow at Stanford University.

Jim Risser was a reporter for the Des Moines Register for 20 years, winning, among many other awards, two Pulitzer Prizes for his investigative reporting about the U.S. grain exporting industry (1976) and about the destructive impact of modern American agriculture on the environment (1979). He was the Register's Washington bureau chief from 1976 to 1985. From 1985 to his retirement in 2000, he was director of the John S. Knight Fellowships at Stanford. He was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board from 1990 to 1999, he lives in Ashland, Oregon, where he is vice-president of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Secretary of Jefferson Public Radio.

Mark J. Rochester is assistant chief of bureau for The Associated Press in San Francisco. He has been assistant managing editor/Sunday of The Denver Post, supervising national and international reporting desks, as well as investigative projects and one of the nation’s largest Sunday circulation newspapers. He coordinated coverage of the war in Iraq, the space shuttle Columbia disaster and investigations into sexual assaults in the military. He previously was enterprise editor at Newsday and an assistant managing editor for investigations and special projects at The Indianapolis Star. He has also worked as a reporter at The Milwaukee Journal, The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press, and The Lafayette (Ind.) Journal and Courier. He has served on the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

James B. Steele is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and one-half of Barlett and Steele, the longest running investigative reporting team in American journalism. Recipients of virtually every major national journalism award including two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Magazine Awards and five IRE awards, Don Barlett and Jim Steele are also the authors of seven books, including the national bestseller (for nearly a year) America: What Went Wrong? They have worked together for more than three decades, first at The Philadelphia Inquirer, (1971-1997) where they won two Pulitzer Prizes and scores of other national journalism awards; then at Time magazine, (1997-2006) where they earned two National Magazine Awards, becoming the first journalists in history to win both the Pulitzer Prize for newspaper work and its magazine equivalent for magazine reporting; and at Vanity Fair since 2006.