A panel of journalists discuss the personal, professional, and collateral consequences of investigative journalism. From subpoenas to libel suits, they explore the toll investigative journalism takes, and discuss why they keep at it.
Reporters include: Omoyele Sowore from the Sahara Reporters, Ari Berman from The Nation/Medill Innocence Project
Dana Priest from The Washington Post,
Diana Washington Valdez from the El Paso Times, and John Smith from the Las Vegas Review Journal. This panel is moderated by Brian Ross from ABC News.
Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine, covering US politics, and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute. He's also written for The New York Times, Editor & Publisher, The Guardian and the Huffington Post and appeared as a political commentator on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, C-Span and National Public Radio.
Dana Priest is a two-time Pulitzer prize winning investigative reporter for The Washington Post. She spent three years as the Post's intelligence reporter and was Pentagon correspondent for seven years before that. She covered the invasion of Panama (1989), reported from Iraq (1990), covered the Kosovo war (1999), and has traveled widely with Army Special Forces in Asia, Africa and South America and with Army infantry units on peacekeeping duty in Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan.
Priest has received numerous awards, including the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for "The Other Walter Reed" and the 2006 Pulitzer for Beat Reporting for her work on CIA secret prisons and counterterrorism operations overseas. Other honors include the Robert F. Kennedy Award, George Polk Award, American Society of Newspaper Editors, Annenberg School of Communication's Selden Ring Award, the Overseas Press Club Award for interpretation of international affairs and the American Academy of Diplomacy's Award for Distinguished Reporting and Analysis on Foreign Affairs.
Priest's widely acclaimed 2003 book about the military's expanding responsibility and influence, The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace With America's Military, earned the New York Public Library Bernstein Book Award and was a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize in non-fiction.
Priest is also a contributor to CBS News and 60 Minutes. She is a board member of the Reporters Committee for Free of the Press. She holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California at Santa Cruz and lives in Washington, D.C.
As the chief investigative correspondent for ABC News, Brian Ross reports extensively for World News with Diane Sawyer, Nightline, Good Morning America, 20/20 and Primetime, as well as for ABC News Radio and ABCNews.com.
John L. Smith
John L. Smith writes a four-times-a-week column for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. It is the most widely-read newspaper feature in Nevada.
This prize-winning columnist has published many books, among them, Moving to Las Vegas (coauthored with is wife Tricia); Of Rats and Men: Oscar Goodman's Life from Mob Mouthpiece to Mayor of Las Vegas; No Limit: The Rise and Fall of Bob Stupak; The Animal in Hollywood with Anthony Fiato; Running Scared: The Dangerous Life and Treacherous Times of Las Vegas Casino King Steve Wynn and Sharks in the Desert: The Founding Fathers and Current Kings of Las Vegas.
A fourth-generation Nevadan, he lives with his wife and daughter Amelia in Las Vegas.
Omoyele Sowore is the founder of Sahara Reporters. He is a Nigerian who has spent the last 15 years working to promote human rights and democracy in Nigeria, and to stop the militarization and violence that multinational oil companies have brought to his country.
His activism began in 1989, when he took part in student demonstrations protesting the conditions of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan of $120 million to be used for a Nigerian oil pipeline -- the IMF loan conditions were to reduce the number of universities in the country from 28 to just 5.
In 1992 at University of Lagos, Sowore led 2,000 students in protest against Nigeria's notorious kleptocracy. Police opened fire, killing seven. Sowore was arrested, interrogated and beaten, and later found out his family too had been put under pressure. But he refused to back down in the struggle for decent education in his country, and was soon elected executive president of the university students union.
Diana Washington Valdez
Former FBI official Frank Evans said: "Diana Washington Valdez is a witness to the truth." She is a reporter at the El Paso Times and author of The Killing Fields: Harvest of Women.
Journalist Ari Berman, an alumnus of the Medill Innocence Project, discusses the legal resistance they encountered while investigating the wrongful conviction of Anthony McKinney. The project, led by Professor David Protess, was served a subpoena by prosecutors.