Logan Distinguished Professor of Investigative Reporting, Lowell Bergman, bringing together more than 200 of the top reporters, editors and producers from media outlets around the world.
Among them include, Len Downie (Arizona State University), Lisa Frazier (The Bay Citizen), Alan Mutter (Newsosaur), John Thornton (The Texas Tribune), and Robert Rosenthal (Center for Investigative Reporting). This panel is moderated by Jack Shafer from Slate.
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.
Leonard Downie Jr.
Leonard Downie Jr. was named Executive Editor of The Washington Post on September 1, 1991, after serving as Managing Editor for seven years. He worked on the Metropolitan staff as a reporter and editor for 15 years, and ran the staff as Assistant Managing Editor for Metropolitan news from 1974 until 1979.
As Deputy Metropolitan Editor, Downie helped supervise The Post's Watergate coverage. He was named London correspondent in 1979 and returned to Washington in 1982 as National Editor. In 1984, he became Managing Editor. Downie is a director of The Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service.
Lisa Frazier is the former CEO of The Bay Citizen. Prior to joining The Bay Citizen, Ms. Frazier was a partner at McKinsey & Company where she led the West Coast Media and Entertainment practice and advised leading online, broadcast and cable TV, newspaper and information companies on growth strategy, operations, and marketing and sales. Before joining McKinsey & Company, Ms. Frazier spent nine years in the petroleum industry where she held marketing, operations and engineering positions. Ms. Frazier serves on the Board of Governors of The Commonwealth Club, and is an advisory board member of the Texas Tribune and Link TV. She holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
William Marimow is the editor and executive vice president of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Alan Mutter began his career as a newspaper columnist and editor in Chicago, starting at the Chicago Daily News and later rising to City Editor of the Chicago Sun-Times. In 1984, he became the No. 2 editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. He left the newspaper business in 1988 to join InterMedia Partners, a start-up company that became one of the largest cable-TV companies in the U.S. Mutter was the COO of InterMedia when he moved to Silicon Valley in 1996 to lead the first of the three start-up companies he led as CEO.
The companies he headed were a pioneering Internet service provider and two enterprise-software companies. Mutter now is a consultant specializing in corporate initiatives and new media ventures that combine his twin passions, journalism and technology. He also is on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California- Berkeley, where he teaches a class entitled "Journalism in an Age of Disruption."
Robert J. Rosenthal is executive director of The Center for Investigative Reporting. An award-winning journalist, Rosenthal 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. Rosenthal worked for 22 years at the Inquirer, starting as a reporter and eventually becoming its executive editor in 1998. He became managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle in late 2002, and joined CIR as executive director in 2008.
Jack Shafer writes a column about the press and politics for Reuters, which he joined in September 2011. Previously, he worked at Slate for 15 years, first as deputy editor and then as the site's “Press Box” columnist. Before Slate, Shafer spent 11 years editing two alternative weeklies--SF Weekly and Washington City Paper--where he estimates he rewrote, massaged, or merely pressed the button on 500 features. Shafer's first salaried job in journalism was at Inquiry magazine, where he was the managing editor. His work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Times Book Review, the Columbia Journalism Review, the New Republic, BookForum, the op-ed page of The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. He has been writing about the press for about 25 years.
John Thornton has been a software and media investor at Austin Ventures (AV) since 1990, and was the managing partner of the firm from 2005 to 2008. AV is the largest non-coastal venture capital firm in the U.S., with $4 billion under management. Prior to joining AV, he was with McKinsey & Co., where he served clients in the U.S. and Europe. He was a co-founder of the Austin Entrepreneur's Foundation; a former trustee of Ballet Austin, where he co-chaired a successful capital campaign; a former trustee of the Austin Museum of Art, where he chaired strategic planning; and a former trustee of Trinity University.
He currently serves on the advisory boards of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas and the New American Foundation. He graduated first in his class from Trinity University, and received an MBA from Stanford.