Ailsa Chang is an award-winning journalist who covers criminal justice, terrorism and the courts for WNYC. She found her way into public radio after practicing law for five years, and can definitely say that walking the streets of New York City with a microphone is a lot more fun than being holed up in the office writing letters to opposing counsel. Since joining WNYC in 2009, Chang has earned national recognition for her investigative reporting. In 2012, she was honored with the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, one of the highest awards in broadcast journalism, for her two-part investigative series on allegations of illegal searches and unlawful marijuana arrests by the New York City Police Department. Chang received her bachelorâ€™s degree in public policy from Stanford University, her law degree from Stanford Law School, a Masters degree in journalism from Columbia University and a Masters degree in media law from Oxford University where she was a Fulbright Scholar.
Sheri L. Fink
Dr. Sheri Fink is an American journalist and a reporter on subjects covering health, medicine and science. Her articles appeared in a number of high profiled publications such as the New York Times, Discover and Scientific American.
Martha Mendoza is a National Writer for The Associated Press whose investigative reports have won numerous awards and prompted Congressional hearings, Pentagon investigations and White House responses. She won a 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting as part of a team that revealed, with extensive documentation, how American soldiers early in the Korean War killed hundreds of civilians at the No Gun Ri bridge. Most recently she's been an integral part of AP's team reporting on the "friendly-fire" death in Afghanistan of former NFL player Pat Tillman.
Doug Pardue is a projects reporter for The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C. He was part of a four-member team of Post and Courier reporters who were awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their series “Till Death Do Us Part” about domestic violence killings in South Carolina. His work as a reporter also has received four National Headliner Awards, a George Polk Award, two ASNE Best Newspaper Writing Awards, a Robert F. Kennedy Citation, The Silver Gavel Award, a Dart Award, a first place SPJ award for non-deadline reporting and a Gerald Loeb Citation. He also was part of a Roanoke Times (Va.) team who were 1990 Pulitzer Prize finalists for coverage of the year-long Pittston Coal strike. Before joining The Post and Courier, Pardue served as investigations editor for USA Today.
Michael Rey is a producer at CBS News’ 60 Minutes. His investigations for 60 Minutes, now in its 48th season, have included a hidden camera project about off-shore stem cell treatments, fraudulent billing by major healthcare providers and fraud in the National Flood Insurance Program under the watch of FEMA. He has focused for the last two years on problems in the mental health care system including an investigative probe into the billing practices at Anthem Blue Cross which prevent critically mentally ill children from getting long-term care. With his co-producer Oriana Zill de Granados, he won a 2013 Murrow award for an investigation into the meningitis outbreak caused by a Boston-based compound pharmacy. Rey co-produced a series of stories titled the “Fall of Lance Armstrong” that motivated the controversial athlete to deliver his first mea-culpa to Oprah Winfrey. He was a founding member of the CBS News Investigative Unit in 2006 where he won a 2011 Emmy for an investigation into the information retention of digital copier machines.