The financial crime and punishment panel focuses on the stories that lead to the 2008 economic crisis. A special emphasis is on the Wall Street investors and risk takers who brought the world economy to the brink of collapse. Since 2007, the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s Investigative Reporting Program has hosted a “by invitation only” 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 “who’s who” 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."
Stephen Engelberg was the founding managing editor of ProPublica from 2008-2012, and became Editor-in-Chief on January 1, 2013. He came to ProPublica from The Oregonian in Portland, where he had been a managing editor since 2002. Before joining The Oregonian, Engelberg worked for The New York Times for 18 years, including stints in Washington, D.C., and Warsaw, Poland, as well as in New York. He is a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board and of the Board of Directors of the American Society of News Editors. After beginning his career at The Times, he worked as a reporter for The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk and for The Dallas Morning News before returning to The Times to write news and investigative articles on national security matters. After a stint as The Times bureau chief in Warsaw immediately following the collapse of Communism, he resumed his work as an investigative reporter in 1993. Engelberg shared in two George Polk Awards for reporting: the first, in 1989, for articles on nuclear proliferation; the second, in 1994, for articles on U.S. immigration. A group of articles he co-authored in 1995 on an airplane crash was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. Engelberg’s work since 1996 has focused largely on the editing of investigative projects. He started The Times's investigative unit in 2000. Projects he supervised at The Times on Mexican corruption (published in 1997) and the rise of al-Qaeda (published beginning in January 2001) were awarded the Pulitzer Prize. During his years at The Oregonian, the paper won the Pulitzer for breaking news and was a finalist for its investigative work on methamphetamines and charities intended to help the disabled. He is the co-author of Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War (2001).
Charles Ferguson is the founder and president of Representational Pictures, Inc. and director and producer of Inside Job, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2011, and No End In Sight: The American Occupation of Iraq, which was nominated in the same category in 2008. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from M.I.T., where his research focused on interactions between high technology, globalization, and government policy. Ferguson spent several years as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has been an independent consultant to Apple, Xerox, Motorola, Intel, and Texas Instruments, among other technology companies. He is the author of four books, including High Stakes, No Prisoners: A Winner's Tale of Greed and Glory in the Internet Wars and Computer Wars: The Post-IBM World (co-authored with Charles Morris). He has recently completed a book about the roots of the financial crisis and rising economic inequality, entitled Predator Nation, to be released by Random House / Crown in May 2012.
Diana B. Henriques, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, has been a writer for The New York Times since 1989. She was previously a staff writer for Barron's magazine, a Wall Street correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and an investigative reporter for The Trenton (N.J.) Times. In 2005, she was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and won a George Polk Award, the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting and Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for her 2004 series exposing insurance and investment rip-offs of young military consumers. She was also a member of The New York Times team that was a Pulitzer finalist for its coverage of the 2008 financial crisis. Henriques is also the author of three previous books: The Machinery of Greed, Fidelity's World and The White Sharks of Wall Street. She and her husband Larry live in Hoboken, N.J.
Jules B. Kroll is Chairman and co-founder of K2 Global Consulting LLC and Chairman and CEO of Kroll Bond Ratings, Inc. He is the founder of Kroll Inc. and is the acknowledged founder of the modern investigations, intelligence, and security industry. In 1972, he established Kroll Associates Inc. as a consultant to corporate purchasing departments, and in doing so, created the prototype for a new breed of professional services firms dedicated to mitigating risk. His firm ultimately reached annual revenues of $1 billion in 2008. By employing former prosecutors, law enforcement officials, journalists, and academics who utilized sophisticated fact-finding techniques to address decision-makers' needs for accurate information, Kroll established investigations and risk consulting as valuable corporate services. In the early 1990s, Kroll gained worldwide renown for his firm's success in searching for assets hidden by Jean-Claude Duvalier, Ferdinand and ImeldaMarcos, and Saddam Hussein. Kroll received a B.A. degree from Cornell University in 1963 and an LL.B degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1966.
Jeff Leen is the assistant managing editor in charge of The Washington Post’s investigations unit, which he originally joined as a reporter in 1997. Previously he worked for 10 years as an investigative reporter at the Miami Herald, where he specialized in covering the cocaine trade and co-authored “Kings of Cocaine,” the first book-length investigation of Columbia”s Medellin Cartel.
As a reporter or an editor, Jeff has worked on investigations that have been honored with six Pulitzer Prizes: Hurricane Andrew’s impact on South Florida, police shootings in the District, abuse in D.C. group homes, deaths among children monitored by D.C. social services, the Sept. 11 plot and the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. Four other investigations have been Pulitzer finalists, including examinations of the Nature Conservancy, the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and farm subsidies.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Christine Spolar has been a journalist for three decades. As a correspondent for The Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune and a producer at CBS, she covered long-running conflicts in Iraq, Israel, Lebanon and Bosnia. She is now investigations/special projects editor at the Financial Times. Spolar has been posted in Warsaw, London, Ljubljana, Cairo, Jerusalem, Baghdad and Rome as a reporter. She has lived and reported in Miami, Washington, New York and Los Angeles. Her work in television - and a report that examined the loss of a Navy pilot in the Iraq war of 1991 - won an Emmy and honors from Investigative Reporters and Editors. She has worked in website, video and multimedia news as the former senior editor at the Huffington Post Investigative Fund and as the economy/enterprise editor at Bloomberg News in Washington.