2017 IRE Cross Border Reporting Workshop



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 

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.

Ali Arkady

Ali Arkardy is a photographer and photojournalist from Khanaqin, Iraq, located in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq near the Iranian border. A graduate of the Fine Arts Institution in Khanaqin, Ali has been working as a photographer since 2006 and currently is focusing on photo stories about Iraqis injured and disabled during war. He is mentored by VII photographer Ed Kashi.

Dave Beers

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.

Lowell Bergman

Lowell Bergman was one of the founders of the Center for Investigative Reporting. He spent 22 years as a producer first with ABC News and then CBS, where he was a staff producer at 60 Minutes. Since leaving CBS in 1999, he has been a correspondent and producer for PBS’s FRONTLINE. For a decade from 1999-2008 he was an investigative correspondent for The New York Times. A series he co-authored on worker safety for The New York Times, in a joint project with FRONTLINE, won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Walt Bogdanich

Walt Bogdanich is the Pulitzer-Prize winning assistant editor for The New York Times Investigations Desk. Before joining The Times in 2001, he was an investigative producer for “60 Minutes” on CBS and before that for ABC News. Previously, he worked as an investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal in New York and Washington. Mr. Bogdanich has been awarded three Pulitzer Prizes. In 2008, he shared the award in investigative reporting with Jake Hooker for “Toxic Pipeline,” articles exposing toxic ingredients in Chinese-made products. In 2005, he won in national reporting for his series, “Death on the Tracks.” He received the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for his articles in The Wall Street Journal on substandard medical laboratories. He has also won four George Polk Awards.

Kim Bolan

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.

Harvey Cashore

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

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

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 recieved 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).

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.

Sunny Dhillon

Based in Vancouver, Sunny has been with The Globe and Mail since November, 2010.

Tracey Friesen

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

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

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.

Mark Kelley

Mark Kelley’s passion for giving a voice to stories has taken him from Cape Spear, Newfoundland to Old Crow, Yukon. From Dhaka, Bangladesh to Defiance, Ohio. He is an International Emmy award-winning journalist,  and a six-time Gemini/Canadian Screen award winner. His 25-year journalistic journey started at CBC radio, and led to anchoring the National, hosting CBC News Morning, CBC News: Disclosure and Connect with Mark Kelley.

Peter Klein

Peter Klein is the executive director and founder of Vancouver-based NGO 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 FrontlineNightline20/20 and 48 Hours. He has written for The New York TimesThe Christian Science Monitor and other newspapers.

Bruce Livesey

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

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

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

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.

Erin Millar

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.

Tamara Munzner

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.

Adela Navarro Bello

Adela Navarro Bello is the general director of the weekly magazine Zeta in the border city of Tijuana, Mexico. Created in 1980, Zeta is one of the only publications to regularly run investigations on organized crime, drug trafficking, and corruption in Mexico’s northern states, where self-censorship is rampant. The cost of Zeta‘s coverage of crime along the U.S.-Mexico border has been high: Héctor Félix Miranda, co-founder of the magazine, was killed in 1988, and co-editor Francisco Ortiz Franco was murdered in 2004.

Susanne Reber

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

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.

Linda Solomon Wood

Linda Solomon Wood is CEO of Observer Media Group and founder and editor-in-chief of National Observer, Canada’s leading source for investigative reporting and daily news focused on climate, energy and the environment in Canada. She is also an award-winning published, editor-in-chief and journalist.

Kathy Tomlinson

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.

Frederic Zalac

Frédéric Zalac is a national television documentary reporter based in Vancouver CBC/Radio-Canadathe 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.