MODERATOR: Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News
Peter Beinart, The City University of New York
Carl Deal, documentary filmmaker
Tia Lessin, documentary filmmaker
Sara Ganim, CNN
James Pomfret, Reuters
Sharyl Attkisson is a Washington-based investigative journalist. She is currently writing a book about the unseen forces manipulating media images fed to the public. In October 2013, Attkisson received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her reporting on “The Business of Congress,” which included a CBS This Morning undercover investigation into fundraising by Republican freshmen and a CBS Sunday Morning examination of Washington lobbying.
Peter Beinart is associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York. He is also a contributor to The Atlantic and National Journal, a senior columnist at Haaretz, a CNN Political Commentator, and a senior fellow at The New America Foundation.
Carl Deal is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and journalist. Along with his collaborator, Tia Lessin, he directed and produced the acclaimed Sundance Grand Jury prize-winning documentary Trouble the Water (2008), and the award-winning Citizen Koch (2013).
Sara Ganim is a CNN correspondent based in Atlanta. In 2012, Ganim joined CNN as a general assignment reporter and she covers a wide-range of stories on many platforms. She joined CNN from The Patriot News in Harrisburg, Pa., where she broke the story of the grand jury investigation into Jerry Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator for the storied Penn State University football program. Her reporting of Sandusky’s child sex abuse scandal that enveloped the school, head coach Joe Paterno and Sandusky’s Second Mile Charity garnered a Pulitzer Prize in 2012.
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tia Lessin is the director and producer, with Carl Deal, of Citizen Koch and Trouble the Water, winner of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, the Gotham Independent Film Award and the Full Frame Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize. She was a co-producer of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, winner of the Palme d’Or, Academy Award-winning Bowling for Columbine, and Capitalism: A Love Story.
James Pomfret is a senior China correspondent for Reuters based in Hong Kong and southern China. For the past 18 years his multi-media career has spanned print, radio and television for various outlets including CNBC Asia and Hong Kong’s public broadcaster, RTHK, where he worked as a radio presenter and reporter.
Journalist Sara Ganim, correspondent for CNN, how sports fans and universities reacted to investigations after she broke the story about coach Jerry Sandusky and the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.