An expert panel discusses the state of investigative reporting in the field of journalism. 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."
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.
Gerado Reyes Copello
Gerardo Reyes Copello is the Director of Univision News' Investigative Unit at Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America. For years, Reyes has covered the drug-trafficking issue and his reporting has revealed numerous cases of government corruption and financial scandals in Latin America. Some of his reports on the exploitation of farm workers, human trafficking and human rights violations in countries like Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Colombia have triggered official investigations. He also has worked for several newspapers - El Tiempo, in Colombia, El Nuevo Herald and The Miami Herald in Florida - and has been editorial advisor for Semana, Poder and Gatopardo magazines. He is the author of several books, including Don Julio Mario, an unauthorized biography of the most powerful man in Colombia, and Our Man in the DEA, the story of a U.S. government intermediary who recruited drug traffickers to turn them over to the authorities. Born in Colombia, Reyes studied law in Bogotá. His work has been recognized with several honors, including the 2004 Maria Moors Cabot Award from Columbia University and he was part of the Miami Herald team that received the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.
Tom Leatherbury is co-head of the Appellate Section of Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. Tom currently serves on the Editorial Board of the ABA's Communications Lawyer. He has served as President of the Defense Counsel Section of the MediaLawResourceCenter and of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. He has also served as Chair of the Dallas Bar Association's Media Relations Committee and is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Dallas Bar Foundation. Tom has been ranked in Appellate Law by Chambers USA, has been named in Best Lawyers in America in First Amendment Law, Commercial Litigation, Appellate Law, and Bet-the-Company Litigation, and is a member of the American Law Institute. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale College, with a B.A. in history, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D. from Yale LawS chool, where he served as chair of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization.
Richard T. Pienciak is the national investigative editor for The Associated Press. He heads a national team, helps oversee four regional investigative units and often runs investigations tied to breaking news. Pienciak was an editor and reporter on the AP's Gulf Oil Spill coverage that won the 2010 George Polk Award for Environmental Reporting. He is a former assistant managing editor for investigations, metro editor and investigative reporter for the New York Daily News. Pienciak also is the author of three nonfiction books. Before working at the Daily News, he was a member of the AP's National Reporting Team.
Susanne Reber is the director of digital media for The Center for Investigative Reporting. She leads CIR’s video, web and multimedia reporting and production unit and also helps direct many of CIR’s national and international investigations. She is the co-creator and co-executive producer of “Reveal” a brand new public radio program showcasing investigative reporting from CIR and PRX.
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.