A panel of experts discuss the complexities of investigative journalism from a reporter's perspective. They discuss the challenges of going in-depth on a story, and explore the new opportunities that online media presents.
The journalists include: Raney Aronson-Rath, PBS' FRONTLINE; Jeff Fager, CBS' 60 Minutes; David Fanning, PBS' FRONTLINE. The panel is moderated by Dean Neil Henry.
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.
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 Chair in Investigative Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism.
Jeffrey Fager has been the executive producer of 60 Minutes since June 2004. In his first three seasons at the helm, Fager led 60 Minutes to a number-one finish among news magazines, more than five million viewers ahead of its nearest competitor. For his work on the broadcast, the Producers Guild of America voted him the best producer in non-fiction television two years in a row.
Before taking over 60 Minutes, Fager is credited with guiding 60 Minutes II to overwhelming critical acclaim as its executive producer. In just seven seasons, the broadcast garnered nine Emmy Awards, two RTNDA/Edward R. Murrow Awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, three Peabody Awards, a Delta Sigma Chi Award and two Investigative Reporting and Editing Awards.
David Fanning has been Executive Producer of PBS Frontline since its first season in 1983. After more than 530 films, Frontline remains America’s longest-running investigative documentary series on television. The series has won all of the major awards for broadcast journalism: 45 Emmys; 23 duPont-Columbia University Awards, 13 Peabody Awards,and 10 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards. In 1990 and in 1996, Frontline was recognized with the Gold Baton — the highest duPont-Columbia Award — for its “total contribution to the world of exceptional television.” In 2002, the series was honored with an unprecedented third Gold Baton for its post-Sept. 11 coverage, a series of seven hour-long documentaries on the origins and impact of terrorism. In 2003, A Dangerous Business, a Frontline/New York Times joint investigation of the cast-iron pipe-making industry was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
Neil Henry worked for 16 years as a metro, national and foreign correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya for The Washington Post, and as a staff writer for Newsweek magazine, prior to joining the faculty of Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in 1993.
A former John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, he is the author of a 2002 racial history, Pearl's Secret. His second book, American Carnival: Journalism under Siege in an Age of New Media, was published in May, 2007.
A graduate in political science from Princeton University, Prof. Henry earned his master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.