The Center for Investigative Journalism discusses its reinvention and future vision for the center. Since 2007, the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalismâ€™s Investigative Reporting Program has hosted a â€śby invitation onlyâ€ť symposium each spring in honor of the Reva and David Logan Foundation, which endowed the program. The only symposium of its kind in the country, it routinely brings together a veritable â€śwhoâ€™s whoâ€ť of top journalists, law enforcement and government officials to address the critical issues confronting this specialized field. The symposium also unites media executives involved in both non-profit and commercial outlets, as well as media attorneys, academics, major foundations, and philanthropists who support journalism in the public interest."
AgustĂnÂ Armendariz is an investigative reporter specializing in data analysis for California Watch. He previously worked at the San Diego Union-Tribune where he was a database specialist on the watchdog reporting team. While there, he delved into city finances, redevelopment projects and foreclosures. He earned his masters in journalism from American University in Washington, D.C. Agustin worked at the Center for Public Integrity and was a contributor to the publication The Buying of the President (2004) which was a New York Times bestseller.
Carrie manages and produces multimedia reports for CIR projects - including California Watch, The Chauncey Bailey Project, The Civil Rights Cold Case Project, and The Price of Sex. Her multimedia reports have been featured by NPR.org, The Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, Time.com, Fast Company, the Los Angeles Times, KQED, PBS NewsHour, Salon.com, Mother Jones, Public Radio International, and Columbia Journalism Review, among others. Carrie has been leading CIR's new media storytelling initiatives since 2007, when she came on to oversee all web and multimedia production. Her focus now is narrative multimedia storytelling and exploring ways to use new media tools - including video, audio, photography, animation, and interactive graphics - to push the boundaries of storytelling on the Web.
Meghann manages distribution and online community building for both the Center for Investigative Reporting and California Watch. She works with editors, reporters and multimedia producers to create comprehensive distribution strategies in print, radio, television and online media outlets, as well as blogs, online communities and social media. In addition, she works to develop and maintain media partnerships and collaboration. Previously, she was the associate editor of Forums at PBS' NewsHour where she covered the 2008 presidential election and inauguration, and she created interactive online forums that helped grow and engage the NewsHour's online audience. Most recently, Meghann was the senior digital media manager at Home Front Communications in Washington, D.C., where she worked in digital media management, interactive development and outreach for nonprofit and government clients. She earned her master's degree in journalism from UC Berkeley in 2007.
Ryan Gabrielson covers public safety for California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting. He was a 2009-2010 fellow at the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley. His reporting on an in-house police force at California's board-and-care institutions for the developmentally disabled exposed how officers routinely failed to do basic work on criminal cases, including suspicious deaths. Previously, he was a reporter at the East Valley Tribune in Mesa, Ariz. In 2009, he and Tribune colleague Paul Giblin won a Pulitzer Prize for stories that showed immigration enforcement by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office undermined investigations and emergency response. Gabrielsonâ€™s work has received numerous national and state honors, including a George Polk Award, an Online Journalism Award for investigative reporting, and a Sigma Delta Chi Award. A Phoenix native, he studied journalism at the University of Arizona and began his career at The Monitor in McAllen, Texas.
Monica Lam is a documentary film and television producer who has traveled on five continents producing, reporting, and shooting for the NewsHour, Frontline, Frontline/WORLD and other PBS programs as well as Swiss television and MSNBC. She has won an Emmy for her work and was cinematographer of an Oscar-nominated short documentary. Monica has written for the Daily Californian, San Francisco Chronicle, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Hyphen magazine and was the founding editor of Berkeley Patch, a daily hyperlocal news site. She studied urban planning at Stanford University and received her masters in journalism from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
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.