The theme of the 3rd Annual Logan Symposium on Investigative Reporting is on bribery and corruption and includes the world premiere of a new PBS Frontline documentary on bribery in international commerce.
A series of high-profile panels focus on reporting about bribery and feature investigative reporters and producers, as well as federal prosecutors and whistleblowers.
The Reporting on Domestic Corruption panel features Walt Bogdanich, The New York Times; Martin Reynolds, The Oakland Tribune; Rhonda Schwartz, ABC News; Mark Smith, WFAA Dallas; and Marcus Stern, ProPublica.
David Boardman, The Seattle Times, moderates.
David Boardman is Executive Editor of The Seattle Times and its Web site, seattletimes.com. He has worked at The Times since 1983 in various positions, with a focus on investigative journalism. He has directed three Pulitzer Prize-winning projects and 10 Pulitzer finalists. Boardman is vice president of the American Society of News Editors and a member of the boards of the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Eastern European Organized Crime and Reporting Project. He is also a member of the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, the Advisory Board of ProPublica, and the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He is a former two-time president of Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc.
Walt Bogdanich became the investigations editor for the Business and Finance Desk of The New York Times in January 2001. He was named an assistant editor for the paper's newly expanded Investigative Desk in 2003.
Before joining The Times in 2001, he was an investigative producer for "60 Minutes" on CBS and before that for ABC News. Previously, he worked as an investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal in New York and Washington. He has also worked for The Cleveland Press and The Plain Dealer.
Mr. Bogdanich was awarded Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2005 for his series, "Death on the Tracks." He won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for his articles in The Wall Street Journal on substandard medical laboratories. He has also won four George Polk Awards, an IRE Award, and an Overseas Press Club award.
Martin G. Reynolds, former Editor-in-Chief of the Oakland Tribune, was recently named Engagement Editor in the Digital First Media West Region, with newsrooms throughout California. Reynolds (@reynoldspost) was named in December as Senior Editor for community engagement for MediaNews Group’s Bay Area News Group. He began his career at the Oakland Tribune as a Chips Quinn Scholar intern in 1995 and worked his way up the ranks, serving as Editor-in-Chief from 2007 to 2011. He was one of the lead editors on the award-winning Chauncey Bailey Project investigating the assassination of the former Oakland Post editor and Tribune reporter. Reynolds was among the lead editors for the “Not Just a Number” project examining youth violence in Oakland, which won the Knight Award for Public Service from the Online News Association in 2006. He is co-founder of the Tribune’s Oakland Voices project, a community journalism program run in partnership with the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. He is an at-large board member of the Associated Press Media Editors. A native of Berkeley, he is also a professional lyricist who has performed with Jungle Biskit, Bop City and Mingus Amungus.
Rhonda Schwartz is a Senior Investigative Producer for ABC News. Ms. Schwartz joined ABC News in 1995, along with Chief Correspondent Brian Ross, to form the Brian Ross Investigative Unit.
The unit provides breaking news and in-depth investigative reporting for all the ABC News programs, including World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Good Morning America, 20/20, Prime Time Thursday and Nightline.
Mark Smith is the investigative producer for WFAA-TV in Dallas. Two series he produced each won broadcast journalism's most prestigious honors: the Peabody Award and duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton.
One of the series revealed that Texas regulators often ignored possible fraud and questionable practices by workers' compensation insurance carriers. The other series detailed how paid confidential informants planted billiard chalk to contrive drug cases against dozens of innocent Mexican immigrants. The series led to the dismissal of drug charges against more than 70 defendants and prison terms for three informants and a police officer.
Marcus Stern is a journalist and the author of The Wrong Stuff: The Extraordinary Saga of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the Most Corrupt Congressman Ever Caught.