2017 IRE Cross-Border Investigative Reporting Workshop Panelists (in alphabetical order)
IRE is bringing its acclaimed Watchdog Workshop to Vancouver. Co-hosted by Global Reporting Centre and Veritas, this workshop will bring together some of the top journalists from Canada, Mexico and the United States, to explore investigative reporting challenges in North America.
Muhammad Abdul-Mageed is an Assistant Professor of Information and Media in the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS), UBC. Dr. Abdul-Mageed completed a dual Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics and Information Science at IU in 2015. He is a fellow of the Center of Computer-Mediated Communication in IU, a Visiting Scholar in the World Well-Being Project, the University of Pennsylvania, and serves as a member of the standing reviewing committee for Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics. His interests lie at the intersection of natural language processing, machine learning, and social media. He is especially interested in learning from people and data over social media and creating more ‘social’ machines.
Brittany Anthony is the Data Researcher at Polaris, an anti-human trafficking organization which operates the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline & BeFree Textline. Ms. Anthony is the author of The Typology of Modern Slavery: Defining Sex and Labor Trafficking in the United States, a groundbreaking report that identifies and details the 25 main types of human trafficking in the U.S. Her expertise is in identifying new and emerging trends in human trafficking activity within the U.S. in order to inform strategic disruption efforts. She has spent a decade in the violence against women field with a background in data optimization and integrity, victim advocacy, community education and organizing, and providing trauma-informed services to survivors to domestic and sexual violence. Ms. Anthony is based in Washington, DC.
Sandra Bartlett is an award-winning reporter and producer based in Toronto. She worked on the ICIJ project Secrecy for Sale and Skin and Bone. Bartlett worked as a producer and reporter in NPR’s Investigative Unit based in Washington where she collaborated on projects with PBS Frontline, ProPublica, the Center for Public Integrity, the Center for Investigative Reporting, as well as individual journalists in Canada and Europe.
David Beers is the Tyee’s founding editor. Under his leadership from 2003 to 2014, The Tyee’s traffic grew to eclipse a million page views in a month and its team won many prizes including, twice, Canada’s Excellence in Journalism Award, and, twice, the North America-wide Edward R. Murrow Award. He remains committed to the aim that gave rise to The Tyee — pursuing sustainable models for journalism.
Kim Rosemary Bolan has been a reporter at The Vancouver Sun since her journalism career began in 1984. She has reported on minorities, women’s, education, and social services issues; wars in El Salvador, Guatemala and Afghanistan; Sikh extremism, and the bombing and trials related to Air India Flight 182. CBC Radio has also featured Bolan’s work.
Daphne Bramham has been a columnist for The Vancouver Sun since 2000. She won a National Newspaper Award in 2004, was named B.C.’s top commentator in 2004/05 and her book, The Secret Lives of Saints: Child Brides and Lost Boys in Canada’s Polygamous Mormon Sect, was shortlisted for the 2008 B.C. National Non-Fiction Book Award. An avid skier, she began her journalism career as a sports writer and she returned to those roots in 2008 as part of the Sun’s Olympic team in Beijing.
Harvey Cashore is a senior producer at the Special Investigations Unit of CBC News. He produced many groundbreaking investigative pieces for CBC’s fifth estate and Disclosure programs, and has received numerous awards for his work, including the top investigative journalism award from the Canadian Association of Journalists, the Justicia award for best legal reporting, and a Gemini award for best direction. He is the author of two books, the last of which, The Truth Shows Up (2010), was a first-hand account of fifteen years spent tracking secret Airbus commissions. He is a frequent lecturer on investigative methods and storytelling.
Michael Corey is the senior news applications developer for Reveal. He specializes in mapping, front-end Web development and interface design. He has distilled large datasets into compelling and easily understandable stories on topics ranging from pesticides and drug seizures on the U.S.-Mexico border to the border fence system, public employee pay and seismic safety in California schools and near nuclear power plants. Corey’s work has been honored with the Polk Award, the IRE Medal and other national awards.
Robert Cribb is an award-winning investigative reporter at the Toronto Star. He has received national reporting awards and citations for investigations into child exploitation, human trafficking, offshore tax evasion (Panama Papers), dangerous doctors and public-health threats. Since 2012, he has received the Massey Journalism Fellowship, the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy Reporting and the Michener Deacon Fellowship. Cribb is president of Canadian journalism charity Veritas – Advancing Journalism in the Public Interest, past president of the Canadian Association of Journalists, the first international board member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He teaches investigative reporting at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism and the University of Toronto and is co-author of Digging Deeper: A Canadian Reporter’s Research Guide (Oxford University Press).
Mike De Souza
Mike De Souza is National Observer’s Managing Editor. He has covered politics for more than a decade, focusing in recent years on energy and environment policies in government and industry. A Montreal native, Mike has worked as a broadcast and print journalist in his home town, as well as the National Assembly in Quebec City, Parliament Hill in Ottawa and Calgary. He has worked for Reuters, Postmedia and The Montreal Gazette. He now leads National Observer’s news coverage out of its Ottawa office on Parliament Hill. A specialist in filing targeted access to information requests, Mike is constantly pursuing multiple lines of questioning and investigations and he always has an eye open for his next scoop.
Natasha Del Toro
Natasha has reported on a wide range of topics–arts and culture, politics, immigration and the environment. She worked as a staff videographer for TIME.com, her reports on the Haiti earthquake were honored at the New York Press Club. She now lives in Miami and works as an investigative journalist with an amazing team at Fusion, an ABC/Univision joint venture. She also currently hosts America Reframed on PBS World Channel, a show which features independent documentaries about the changing face and identity of the U.S.
Based in Vancouver, Sunny has been with The Globe and Mail since November, 2010.
Jon Festinger, Q.C. is a Vancouver, British Columbia based counsel and educator. He has taught a wide variety of law courses relating to intellectual property, communications, journalism, sports and business over almost 25 years at the law school at UBC, now known as the Allard School of Law, as well as teaching at various times at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism, the Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law and the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. He is a a Professor of Professional Practice at Simon Fraser University and a faculty member of the Centre for Digital Media, and is also Honourary Industry Professor in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London. Jon practices law and consults through Festinger Law & Strategy and is Media & Copyright Counsel to Broadband TV.
Tracey Friesen is the communications director of the David Suzuki Foundation. She has been an active contributor to Vancouver’s media sector for over 25 years and recently published the book Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change. During her decade at the National Film Board, she earned credits on nearly 40 film and digital projects. Since the NFB, Tracey has done contracts with Mindset Foundation, Inspirit Foundation, DOC and Creative BC, plus was director of programming during the start-up phase of Roundhouse Radio 98.3 Vancouver.
Kathryn Gretsinger’s career in journalism began in the late 80s when she joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Canada’s public broadcaster. She has worked to develop her journalistic skills to reflect the technological change in the industry. She works across platforms, but her first love is audio. Her documentaries, programs and interviews have been recognized locally and nationally. She frequently guest hosts radio programs at CBC and continues to work with reporters, producers and editors to train journalists in audio storytelling techniques.
Ben Jones is the director of product marketing of Tableau Public and the author of Communicating Data with Tableau. He leads a team of data analysts that works with journalists and bloggers to share interactive data on the web. He’s also an avid user of Tableau Public himself, publishing vizzes and tutorials at DataRemixed.
Peter Klein is the executive director and founder of Vancouver-based Global Reporting Centre. In 2009, Peter Klein led a team of students on a global investigation about electronic waste, which won the Emmy for Best Investigative Journalism. Peter is a longtime producer with CBS News 60 Minutes, and has produced projects for many of the major American news programs, including Frontline, Nightline, 20/20 and 48 Hours. He has written for The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and other newspapers.
Kirk LaPointe is the Vice President of Audience and Business Development at Business in Vancouver Media Group; Weekday Host of the morning talk program at Roundhouse Radio 98.3 FM in Vancouver; Adjunct Professor in Ethics and Leadership at the Graduate School of Journalism at University of British Columbia; and Executive Director of the Organization of News Ombudsmen. He has held the senior editorial positions at CTV News, Southam News and The Hamilton Spectator, been the founding executive editor of National Post, a program host on CBC Newsworld, the managing editor of the Vancouver Sun, the ombudsman of the CBC, and the Ottawa Bureau Chief and General News Editor of The Canadian Press, among his roles as a journalist.
Bruce Livesey is an award-winning investigative journalist and the lead investigative reporter for the National Observer. His writing has appeared in most major magazines and newspapers in Canada, including The Globe and Mail, Report on Business Magazine, National Post, Toronto Star, The Gazette, The Walrus, Canadian Business, Canadian Lawyer and The Financial Post.
Laura Lynch began her career with CBC as a local reporter in Prince Rupert. She continued to work with CBC in Vancouver and Victoria while she earned her law degree. She joined the CBC Ottawa newsroom, later becoming Parliamentary Reporter. Laura has won awards from the Radio and Television News Directors’ Association and the Canadian Association of Journalists, plus the Law Society of B.C., and an Honourable Mention from the New York Festivals for her work. Laura Lynch is currently CBC Radio’s European correspondent.
Denise Malan joined IRE as a training director in August 2016. Previously, she worked at the Institute for Nonprofit News in a joint position with IRE for three years. She spent the first two years helping nonprofit news organizations around the country collaborate on data projects, then served as interim executive director before becoming director of training and data services, overseeing INN’s training program that developed business skills among nonprofit news leaders. She was a newspaper journalist for more than a decade, covering government, education, politics, the environment and more. She was data/investigative editor at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in Texas.
Andrew McIntosh is investigations editor for QMI News Agency, a national news service of Quebecor Media, which publishes 28 daily newspapers in English and French Canada. McIntosh is a three-time winner of Canada’s National Newspaper Award. He has worked across North America as an investigative reporter for the Sacramento Bee in California, the National Post in Ottawa, The Globe and Mail in Toronto, the Ottawa Citizen and Montreal Gazette. He has exposed political and police corruption, business fraud and waste and mismanagement of public money.
Pulitzer prize-winning Associated Press National Writer Martha Mendoza is based in the Silicon Valley where she provides breaking news, enterprise and investigative reporting. Mendoza focused on human trafficking in 2015, cybersecurity in 2014 and covered Latin America from 2010 to 2013. Mendoza was a 2001 Knight Fellow at Stanford University and a 2007 Ferris Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. She also teaches in the graduate University of California, Santa Cruz Science Communications Program and is a senior fellow at the Institute for Justice and Journalism.
Erin Millar is Discourse Media’s editor-in-chief and CEO. She has received multiple awards for journalism innovation, including being named 2015 Bob Carty Fellow by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Storyteller-in-Residence at Ashoka Canada, and an AmEx Emerging Innovator. She has hosted talks and workshops across Canada and internationally, including at the Canadian Association of Journalists national conference and Italy’s International Journalism Festival. She has reported from over a dozen countries for Canadian and international publications. She taught journalism at Quest University Canada and Langara College. She is a trustee of the Uncharted Journalism Fund and serves on the board of the National Magazine Awards Foundation.
Rabia Mir is a MA student in Educational Studies at University of British Columbia. Rabia has worked in investment management for six years in US, UK, Singapore and Pakistan. She was also Project Director for United World College in Pakistan where she oversaw the selection, promotion and operational aspects of the program. She graduated from Harvard University in 2007.
Tamara Munzner is a professor at the University of British Columbia Department of Computer Science, and holds a PhD from Stanford. She has been active in visualization research since 1991 and has published over sixty-five papers and chapters. Her book Visualization Analysis and Design appeared in 2014. She co-chaired InfoVis in 2003 and 2004, co-chaired EuroVis in 2009 and 2010, and is chair of the VIS Executive Committee. She received the IEEE VGTC Visualization Technical Achievement Award in 2015. She has worked on visualization projects in a broad range of application domains, including genomics, evolutionary biology, geometric topology, computational linguistics, large-scale system administration, web log analysis, and journalism.
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. Prior to joining CIR, Reber led NPR’s first Investigations Unit, which received numerous honor and awards during her tenure. Reber graduated from the University of London with a bachelor’s degree in German and French language and literature. She earned her graduate diploma in broadcast journalism from City University London.
Nina Shapiro is an award-winning writer for The Seattle Times who has also written for many other publications in Seattle and around the country. She covers a wide array of social issues. Before coming to Seattle, she lived for two years in southern Africa, where she freelanced and worked for the Sowetan. While there, she reported on HIV, family planning and other issues related to health and development. She has continued to cover these subjects, particularly HIV and the way treatment has impacted people’s lives over the years.
Jorge Luis Sierra
Jorge Luis Sierra is an expert on cyber security. He focuses on the intersection of digital security, technology and investigative journalism. During his Knight Fellowship, Sierra is developing digital crowd-sourced mapping tools to track crime, corruption and attacks on journalists. He also is creating applications linked to those maps to help journalists assess their physical and digital risks.
Linda Solomon Wood
Linda Solomon Wood is CEO of Observer Media Group and Editor-in-Chief of National Observer, Canada’s leading digital source for investigative reporting and daily news focused on climate, environment and politics in Canada. National Observer exposes the interests that stand in the way of public health, social progress and environmental justice. National Observer also highlights vision and innovation at the intersection of technology, business and the environment. Winner of ‘Independent Publisher of the Year’, ‘Best News Coverage’, ‘Best Digital Solution,’ and ‘Best Column’ at the 2016 Canadian Online Publishers Awards, National Observer is widely hailed as a leader in the evolving world of digital journalism.
This year, National Observer is a finalist for awards for investigative reporting: National Newspaper, Canadian Association of Journalism; and overall excellence: Digital Publishing Awards. A recipient of a 2015 Vancouver Board of Trade Wendy MacDonald Award for Entrepreneurial Innovation, Linda started her career at The Tennessean in Nashville, as an investigative reporter. Linda is also the founder of the new Canadian Centre for Investigative Journalism.
Patti Sonntag is a managing editor in the New York Times news services division and a Michener Fellow at Concordia University. Sonntag graduated from Concordia University in 2000, then served as an intern at The New Yorker prior to joining The New York Times.
Marla Steinberg is a professional evaluator with over 25 years of experience. She has conducted evaluations in the areas of health promotion, chronic disease prevention, health services, community capacity building, partnerships, community-based programming, leadership development, knowledge transfer and exchange, and early childhood development. She uses a combination of approaches including participatory, utilization focused, theory-based, and system thinking including developmental evaluation. Her research interests are in the areas of program evaluation and knowledge transfer and exchange.
Kathy Tomlinson lives in Vancouver and she joined the Globe’s national investigative team in August, 2015. Prior to that, she hosted CBC’s ‘Go Public’ segment. Kathy’s been an investigative reporter for the better part of three decades and worked in Washington, D.C., Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton. She’s won five Jack Webster awards, three Canadian Association of Journalists awards and several from the RTNDA. In 2015, she was nominated by the Michener Awards Foundation for her reporting on temporary foreign workers. Kathy is dedicated to finding and revealing what Canadians want to know and holding the powers that be accountable.
Frédéric Zalac is a national television documentary reporter based in Vancouver CBC/Radio-Canada, the nation’s national public broadcaster. Zalac specializes in science and investigative reporting for CBC’s The National and Radio- Canada’s Enquête and Découverte. He has investigated a range of topics including police misconduct, substandard cargo ships, the asbestos industry, sweat shops, stun guns, drug addiction and airline safety. Zalac won several awards – including two of Canada’s top journalism awards, the Michener and the Judith Jasmin – for an in-depth investigation on risks linked to Tasers and their misuse by police in North America.