Co-Founder/Chair | Lowell Bergman is director of the Investigative Reporting Program and the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where he has taught investigative reporting for over 20 years. He was a senior producer and consultant to PBS Frontline until 2015. In 2004, Bergman received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, awarded to The New York Times for “A Dangerous Business,” which detailed a foundry company’s safety and environmental violations. For 22 years, Bergman was a producer in network television news, including 14 years at CBS’s 60 Minutes. Bergman has received numerous Emmys, six Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver and Gold Batons, three Peabodys and a Polk Award.
Co-Founder/Vice-president/Treasurer | John Temple is the Director of the Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) at UC Berkeley. He was president of audience and products at First Look Media from 2014 to 2015; a senior fellow in the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program at Stanford University; managing editor of The Washington Post; and editor and general manager of Honolulu Civil Beat, a news service launched by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Temple was editor, president and publisher of the award-winning Rocky Mountain News and vice president of news in E.W. Scripps Co.’s newspaper division until the paper closed in 2009.
Reporter/Producer | Jennifer Janisch spent eight years contributing investigative reporting to the CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning. She won Investigative Reporting Emmys in 2018 (Air Force Academy sexual assault) and 2017 (Wounded Warrior Project charity). She was a finalist for the 2016 Scripps Howard investigative reporting award (Wounded Warrior Project). She received a 2015 Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage of the War Against ISIL; and her investigative team won the 2013 Dupont Award for Sandy Hook massacre coverage. Janisch worked on a five-part PBS series for PBS’ “Wide Angle” called “Women, War & Peace," which won the 2011 Overseas Press Club award for best TV documentary on international affairs, the 2012 Gracie Award for outstanding series, and a 2012 TV Academy Honors award.
Reporter | Garrett Therolf worked for the Los Angeles Times for a decade, focusing on stories about children and families living on the margins. He also completed assignments for The Times in Iraq following the fall of Saddam Hussein and Egypt during the Arab Spring. Prior to that, he worked for the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times), The Tampa Tribune, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) and the Associated Press. Therolf received The Times’ award for best explanatory reporting, the Price Child Health and Welfare Journalism Prize three times, and recognition as a Livingston Award finalist twice. He is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Reporter | Robert Lewis previously worked at WNYC - New York Public Radio, Newsday and The Sacramento Bee. His reporting has received a George Polk Award, a duPont Award from Columbia University, back-to-back Sigma Delta Chi Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and other honors. He also taught investigative reporting for radio at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Producer | Based in Paris from 2009 to 2017, Lucie Kroening was a producer for the international news channel France 24. She later served as a field producer and reporter on a number of documentary films for European television (Arte, France 2, Canal+, RTBF) about issues as wide-ranging as European monetary politics, the prospect of cyberwar, and the history of the Arab Gulf states. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Pacific Standard, and The Site, Canada's leading architecture journal. She holds a BA in Middle East Languages and Cultures from Columbia University and a MPhil from Institut d'études politiques (Sciences Po) in Political Science.
Jennifer Crystal Chien
Business Manager | In addition to her work as an independent documentary filmmaker, Jennifer Crystal Chien brings two decades of nonprofit management experience, specializing in leadership development, financial management, and fundraising. She has worked previously with Firelight Films/Media on films for PBS broadcast and supporting fellowship programs for filmmakers of color. She is a co-founder of Re-Present Media, a grassroots advocacy and education organization that promotes personal storytelling in documentary and nonfiction media with underrepresented communities.