MODERATOR: Susanne Reber, Center for Investigative Reporting
Michael Berens, The Seattle Times
David Jackson & Gary Marx, The Chicago Tribune
Eileen Sullivan, The Associated Press
Edward Wong, The New York Times
Oriana Zill de Granados, CBS News 60 Minutes
Michael J. Berens is an investigative reporter for The Seattle Times and winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. Berens previously worked on the investigative team at the Chicago Tribune and at The Columbus Dispatch, where he began at age 22 as a copy boy. Berens’ work has received dozens of national awards, including multiple honors from the National Press Club; the White House Correspondents Association; Investigative Reporters and Editors; and Associated Press Media Editors. Additionally, his work in recent years has been recognized with a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism; Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism; and Selden Ring Award for Investigative Journalism. He is a frequent journalism trainer for media-related organizations, such as NewsTrain for the Associated Press and Media Editors; Investigative Reporters and Editors; as well as the California Healthcare Foundation at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. He’s a former adjunct professor for the graduate program at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
David Jackson’s articles have prompted congressional hearings, law enforcement indictments and legislative reform. He has been at the Chicago Tribune since 1991 except for one year at The Washington Post, where he shared the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service with two reporters and a data analyst. At the Tribune, David has been a Pulitzer finalist three times: for a 2011 series with Gary Marx that interviewed dangerous fugitives who live with impunity in foreign countries; for the 1999 series “How Troubled Kids Became Big Business”; and for a 1995 investigation of the Nation of Islam that spurred a federal probe of then-Chicago Housing Authority chief Vince Lane, who was imprisoned. Jackson and Gary Marx were awarded the 2011 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism.
Gary Marx is currently a projects reporter for the Chicago Tribune. Marx started at the Tribune in 1988 as a Metropolitan reporter, and was the Tribune‘s South America correspondent from 1990 until 1994. Upon returning to Chicago, he covered criminal justice and was a member of the paper’s projects team before rejoining the foreign staff in 2002 based in Havana, Cuba. In 2007, Marx was forced to leave Cuba after authorities deemed his coverage of human rights and other issues as “too negative.” Marx began his journalism career in 1983 as a freelance reporter in Africa for the Christian Science Monitor and later joined the Orlando Sentinel where he worked as an editorial writer, city reporter, investigative reporter and foreign correspondent covering Central America and the Caribbean. During his career, Marx has covered civil wars and U.S. military operations on three continents, including Iraq and Somalia. His investigations have led to indictments for murder and other crimes, and sparked sweeping reform. Marx is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist in investigative reporting, including 2012 for his series “Fugitives from Justice” with David Jackson. Marx and Jackson were also awarded the 2011 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism for the same series. Marx’s other national awards include the APME’s Public Service Award, the Heywood Broun Award, a National Press Club Award, and an Overseas Press Club Citation. In 2007, he was awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Prize for outstanding reporting of Latin America from Columbia University. Marx has a BA from Harvard and a Masters degree in African politics from the London School of Economics. In 2001, Marx was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and in 2008 he was a Visiting Fellow at Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies.
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.
Eileen Sullivan covers counterterrorism for The Associated Press and specializes in homegrown terrorism and domestic radicalization. She previously covered the Department of Homeland Security for the AP and for Congressional Quarterly and Federal Times. Most recently she and three other AP reporters won the Pulitzer, Goldsmith and Polk awards for a series of stories that revealed the New York Police Department’s secret programs to spy on Muslims throughout the Northeast since Sept. 11, 2001. Sullivan began her career with the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, N.J. She graduated from Villanova University in 1999 with a degree in English. She grew up in Alexandria, Va. and lives in Washington, D.C.
Edward Wong is a correspondent in the Beijing bureau of The New York Times. Since 2008, he has covered Chinese politics, economics, the military, foreign policy, the environment, culture and a range of other issues. He has been a writer on three in-depth series that explored China’s growing global reach, cultural production and censorship, and the 2012 leadership transition. Since being posted to China, he has also reported from countries across Asia, including Afghanistan, North Korea and Myanmar. Wong has worked for The Times for more than 13 years and spent a decade overseas. His first foreign assignment for the newspaper was in the Baghdad bureau, where he covered the Iraq War from 2003 to 2007. Between his Iraq and China assignments, he studied Mandarin at Middlebury College and at Taiwan University. Wong first went to China in 1996, when he studied at Beijing Language and Culture University. Wong has also written often on travels in the Himalayas. Wong has received the Livingston Award for his coverage of Iraq and shared in an award from the Society of Publishers in Asia for coverage of China. He has a Bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Virginia and dual Master’s degrees in journalism and international studies from the UC Berkeley.
Oriana Zill de Granados
Oriana Zill de Granados is a producer of investigative stories at CBS News 60 Minutes, including “Armstrong,” “The Trouble with Treasure” and “Stem Cell Fraud.” Her most recent report “The Cost of Admission” featured allegations of Medicare fraud against the fourth largest for-profit hospital chain in the United States. Previously, she was producer and writer of The War We Are Living (2011), a documentary about women living through the war in Colombia as part of the PBS special series Women, War and Peace. She was producer and writer of documentaries, with Lowell Bergman, for PBS Frontline and Frontline/World, including The Card Game (2009), Black Money (2009), Crimes at the Border (2008), A Dangerous Business Revisited (2008), The Enemy Within (2006), and Drug Wars (2000). She has produced segments for PBS Expose, PBS Now with Bill Moyers, and ABC News Nightline. She is also the producer, director and writer of a CIR/Latino Public Broadcasting documentary, Nuestra Familia/Our Family, about Latino gangs in California’s farm towns, which aired nationally on PBS in 2006, and was awarded a 2006 IRE Medal for Crime Reporting and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Documentary Award. Zill de Granados has also received several Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, a Writer’s Guild Award, an Overseas Press Club Award and National Press Club Award, among others.