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    Journalism under Fire 

2020


Confirmed Speakers

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DANA PRIEST

Investigative Reporter,

The Washington Post

Returning for her third JUF experience, Dana is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for reporting on the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2008, and the CIA’s secret prisons in 2006

WESLEY LOWERY

Correspondent,
CBS News and 60 Minutes

Wesley Lowery is the author of a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement. He has twice been a member of teams awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and his work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and more!

NICHOLAS KRISTOF

Op-Ed Columnist, 

The New York Times

Nicholas is a two-time Pulitzer winner for his coverage of Tiananmen Square and the genocide in Darfur. He and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, will headline the Grand Opening Event on November 10th

EJ DIONNE JR

Syndicated Columnist, 

The Washington Post

E.J. Dionne Jr. is a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, university professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University, and visiting professor at Harvard University.

SHERYL WUDUNN

Author, Reporter, Business Executive

Sheryl is the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize and best-selling author of Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope among other titles. She will speak with her husband, Nicholas Kristof, on November 10th.

PATRICIA CAMPOS MELLO

Reporter, Columnist

Folha de São Paulo

Patricia has covered international relations, human rights in over 50 countries; won CPJ's prestigious 2019  International Press Freedom Award. She will speak with CPJ's Dr. Courtney Radsch on December 2. 

PETER BAKER

Chief White House Correspondent

The New York Times

Peter is the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, a political analyst for MSNBC, and author of Days of Fire and The Breach. His new book, co-authored with his wife, Susan Glasser, is The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III.

SUSAN GLASSER

Staff writer, The New Yorker

Susan is the author of The New Yorker's weekly "Letter from Trump's Washington" as well as a CNN global affairs analyst. Her new book, co-authored with her husband, Peter Baker, is The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III.

MALACHY BROWNE

Visual Investigations Unit,
The New York Times

Returning from JUF 2019, Malachy's team won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize. His team has led investigations into into Russian airstrikes on hospitals in Syria, chemical weapons attacks in Syria, and on the Saudi officials who killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.

BEN SMITH

Media Columnist,

The New York Times

Ben joined The New York Times in 2020 after eight years as founding editor in chief of BuzzFeed News. He will speak with Ivan Kolpakov on Crisis Journalism: Resistance vs. Independence.

ASTEAD HERNDON

National Political Reporter,

The New York Times

Political Analyst, CNN

Astead is currently covering the presidential election, with a specific lens on highlighting the diversity of the electorate. He'll speak in dialogue with Wesley Lowery on Our Social Crisis.

ALFREDO CORCHADO

Mexico City Bureau Chief, 
The Dallas Morning News

Returning from JUF 2018, Alfredo is a journalist and author who specially covers Mexico. He is the author of two books, Midnight in Mexico and Homelands.

CLARISSA WARD

Chief International Correspondent

CNN

 Clarissa is CNN’s multi award- winning chief international correspondent and the author of On All Fronts: the Education of a Journalist. She has covered conflicts around the world.

DAVID ROHDE

Executive Editor for News

The New Yorker website

A two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, he worked as an investigative reporter and foreign correspondent for Reuters, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor. He is the author of, most recently, In Deep: The F.B.I., the C.I.A., and the Truth about America’s ‘Deep State.’ 

JACK OHMAN

Editorial Cartoonist, 
The Sacramento Bee

Jack won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for  Editorial Cartooning. He will speak in conversation with Matt Wuerker on Satirizing Crisis (Part One), using his political cartoons to illustrate his response.

JOEL SIMON

Executive Director,

The Committee to Protect Journalists

Joel writes and speaks widely on press freedom issues and is the author of three books, mostly recently We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages, and Ransom.

KEVIN 'KAL' KALLAGHER

Editorial Cartoonist, The Economist and The Baltimore Sun

Returning from JUF 2018, KAL is the first resident cartoonist in The Economist’s 145-year history. Kal’s diverse portfolio includes more than 8,000 cartoons, 140 covers, and six books.

DR. HANY FARID

Professor,

University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Farid specializes in digital forensics, image analysis, and human perception. He will speak on Creating, Weaponizing, and Detecting Deep Fakes.

ANN TELNAES

Editorial Cartoonist, 
The Washington Post

​Returning from JUF 2018, Ann creates editorial cartoons in various mediums — animation, visual essays, live sketches, and traditional print. Before beginning her career as an editorial cartoonist, she worked for several years as a designer for Walt Disney Imagineering

MATT WUERKER

Editorial Cartoonist, 
Politico

Matt is a founding staff member of Politico and especially well

known for poking fun at the partisan conflict in Washington

MARIA RESSA

Chief Executive Officer

Rappler

A journalist for nearly 35 years, Maria Ressa co-founded Rappler, leading the fight for press freedom in the Philippines. She has endured constant political harassment and arrests by the Duterte government. For her courage and work on disinformation, Maria was named Time Magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year.

RAMONA DIAZ

Documentary Filmmaker

A Thousand Cuts

Ramona's works include the 2012 film Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey, featuring the band Journey and the 2003 film Imelda, about the life of Imelda Marcos, former First Lady of the Philippines. her film A Thousand Cuts will be featured on November 16.

LINGLING WEI

Senior China Correspondent

The Wall Street Journal

Lingling was based in The Wall Street Journal’s Beijing bureau from 2011 until China expelled Journal reporters in 2020. She and Bob Davis co-wrote Superpower Showdown, a history of the U.S.-China trade and economic stand-off, which HarperCollins nominated for a Pulitzer prize. 

BOB DAVIS

Senior Editor

The Wall Street Journal

A Pulitzer Prize winner, Bob covers economic issues and continues to write about China, where he was posted from 2011 to 2014. Davis has served as the Journal’s bureau chief in Brussels, covering the European Union, and as the Latin America bureau chief. He and Lingling Wei co-wrote Superpower Showdown.

CINDY OTIS

Author, True Or False: A CIA Analyst's Guide To Spotting Fake News

Cindy is a former CIA officer and an expert on disinformation threat analysis. She is also a Senior non-Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab and an Associate at Argonne National Lab. 

JULIE McCARTHY

Investigative Reporter, 
NPR News

Julie has spent most of her career traveling the world for NPR. She’s covered wars, prime ministers, presidents and paupers. One of NPR’s most experienced international correspondents, McCarthy opened the network’s Tokyo bureau and in an overseas career spanning 25 years, she’s covered Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South America.

YVONNE ROLZHAUSEN

Research Chief, The Atlantic

Yvonne is the Research Chief at The Atlantic and the head of the fact-checking department. She started as an intern at the magazine while attending Tufts University and has been on the staff of Atlantic Media for over 27 years. Rolzhausen frequently lectures at various universities and overseas on checking and accuracy.

SANA ABED-KOTOB

Deputy Director, Office of International Visitors, US Department of State

Sana joined the Office of International Visitors (OIV) in 1999 and has served as Deputy Director since October 2019. Prior to joining State, she served as Associate Editor of the Middle East Journal and taught at the University of Maryland. She's pictured here speaking at Journalism under Fire 2018.

DAVID SCRASE, M.D.

Secretary for Health and Human Services Department,

New Mexico

 David is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He is Board Certified Internist and Geriatrician, and previously served as the Interim Division Chief for General Internal Medicine and the Chief of Geriatrics at UNM.

SAMUEL SCARPINO

Network Epidemiologist

Northeastern University

Sam's work has been covered in a number of top media outlets including Scientific American, CNET, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and the Santa Fe Reporter. Sam did his postdoctoral fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute, and is now a member of its external faculty

LAURA PASKUS

Environment Reporter

New Mexico PBS

Laura is an Albuquerque-based reporter who has covered environment issues in New Mexico since 2002. She will address climate change in NM in her talk.

LAUREN WALSH

Professor, The New School and New York University

Lauren teaches at The New School and NYU, where she is the Director of the Gallatin Photojournalism Lab. She is also the Director of Lost Rolls America, a national archive of photography and memory.

DR. COURTNEY RADSCH

Advocacy Director, 
Committee to Protect Journalists

Courtney is chief spokesperson on global press freedom issues for CPJ and oversees its engagement with the United Nations, the Internet Governance Forum, and other multilateral institutions. She's returning from JUF 2018.

IVAN KOLPAKOV

Editor-in-Chief, 
Meduza.io

​Returning from JUF 2019, Ivan is editor-in-chief at Meduza.io, a Russian media outlet based in Riga, Latvia. His presentation last year was one of the conference highlights.

HALEY WILLIS

Visual Investigations Reporter,

The New York Times

Haley has covered issues from the protests in Hong Kong to airstrikes in Libya to police violence in the United States. Prior to joining The Times, Haley worked as an open source researcher with the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley.

SARAH CAHLAN

Visual Investigations Reporter,

The Washington Post

Sarah is a video reporter currently producing investigative mini-docs based primarily on open-source visuals for The Washington Post. She joined The Post in early 2019 as a video editor for the Fact Checker and became one of the founding members of the Visual Forensics team in September 2020.

Dr. ALEXA KOENIG

Executive Director,
Human Rights Center

 

Alexa is returning from JUF 2019. She is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Center (winner of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions) and a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s School of Law. In 2016, she co-founded the first university-based investigations lab to train students and professionals to discover and verify human rights violations and potential war crimes using online open sources.

GISELA PÉREZ de ACHA

Digital Forensics Journalist

Gisela is a trained human rights lawyer and teaches cybersecurity at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley. She is also a Senior Reporter covering domestic extremism at the Investigative Reporting Program and an open source researcher documenting war crimes at the Human Rights Center Investigations Lab. 

ELIZA BARCLAY

Science, Health, Climate Editor

Vox.com

Previous to her work with Vox.com, Eliza was a reporter and editor at NPR, and most recently edited the food blog, The Salt. As editor of The Salt, she received a James Beard Award, a Gracie Award, and an Association of Food Journalists Award.

JULIANA MORI

Journalist specializing in visualization of geospatial data

InfoAmazonia

Juliana co-founded InfoAmazonia, an independent media outlet that uses maps, data, and geolocalized reports to tell stories about the tropical forest over the nine Amazon countries.

FREDRICK MUGIRA

Water & Climate Change Journalist,

Uganda

Fredrick heads Water Journalists Africa, a network of over 700 journalists in 50 African countries who report on water. He also co-founded InfoNile, a geojournalism platform mapping data on water issues in the Nile River basin with journalism stories to promote transboundary peace.

NORA MORAGA-LEWY

Rainforest Journalism Manager

Pulitzer Center

Nora is passionate about the role of journalists and activists in tropical resource conservation and human rights protection, especially in the context of social conflict and economic development. Previously, Nora was a Research Associate at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and Fellow for the Kerry Initiative at Yale’s Jackson School of Global Affairs.

TIMOTHY PHILLIPS

CEO & Founder, Beyond Conflict

Tim has helped catalyze the peace and reconciliation processes in several nations, including Northern Ireland, El Salvador, and South Africa. He will speak on the panel, The Determinants of Crisis.

BEN FELDER

Senior Staff Writer

The Frontier (Oklahoma City)

In recent months, Ben has covered local protests against police brutality and President Trump’s Tulsa rally amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He will speak on the panel, The Determinants of Crisis.

SHAUN GRISWOLD

Reporter, New Mexico in Depth

Shaun is Pueblo from Laguna, Jemez and Zuni, and grew up in Albuquerque. He has a decade of print and broadcast news experience. For New Mexico In Depth, Shaun reports on issues important to urban Indigenous people in Albuquerque, as well as tribal communities throughout New Mexico, including education, child welfare and more

OLGA YURKOVA

Journalist & Founder of
StopFake.org

Olga is returning from JUF 2018. She is a journalist and founder of StopFake, an organization launched in 2014 to combat false news reports coming out of Ukraine. StopFake is now an advanced fact-checking organization that covers media in 11 languages, with the mission of educating news consumers how to spot fake news on their own.

VERONIKA MUNK

Former Deputy Editor,
Index.hu

Veronika came to JUF 2018 as an Edward R. Murrow program participant, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. She'll share what she learned during that time, and how Hungary's press freedoms are currently under great threat.

HANNAH ALLAM

Investigative Reporter, 
NPR News

Hannah is NPR's Washington-based national security correspondent, focusing on homegrown extremism. Returning for her third JUF experience, Hannah will lead a panel on The Determinants of Crisis.

ANGELA COCHERGA

Staff writer for The Albuquerque Journal at the Las Cruces Bureau

Returning from JUF 2018, Angela is an award-winning multimedia journalist, public radio reporter, covering both sides of border & Mexico, living on the edge of TX, NM, Chihuahua

DUDLEY ALTHAUS

Independent Journalist,

Mexico City

Dudley has covered Mexico, Latin America and beyond for nearly three decades for the Wall Street Journal, Houston Chronicle, and others. He returns from JUF 2018.

MERCY KANDIE-TANUI

Broadcast Journalist

BBC Africa

A 2013 alumnus of the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, Mercy covers the continent's science and health stories.

MIKE OKWOCHE

International Broadcast Journalist

Television Continental (TVC)  - Lagos, Nigeria

An alumnus of the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, Mike is the Senior Anchor and Head of Anchors at TVC.

ANDREA LAMPROS

Associate Director

Human Rights Center, UCBerkeley

Andrea co-founded the HRC Investigations Lab, the first university-based open source investigations effort of its kind. She leads the lab’s work on resiliency to secondary trauma and collaborations with journalists.

IGNACIO DELGADO CULEBRAS

Middle East and North Africa Representative, Committee to Protect Journalists

 Prior to joining CPJ in 2017, Ignacio worked as a freelance journalist across the Middle East reporting on civil society, democratization and human rights for several outlets in Europe and the United States.

JULIA GOLDBERG

Senior Correspondent

The Santa Fe Reporter

Julia covers science and technology, among other topics. She served as the Reporter's editor from 2000 to 2011 and, in the intervening years, taught journalism and creative writing as a full-time faculty member at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Julia is the author of Inside Story: Everyone Guide to Reporting and Writing Creative Nonfiction.

ANYA SCHIFFRIN

Director, Technology, Media & Communications, Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs

Anya is a lecturer who teaches on global media, innovation and human rights.  She writes on journalism and development, investigative reporting in the global south and has published extensively over the last decade on the media in Africa. 

JANET STEELE

Professor,

George Washington University

​Returning for her third JUF experience, Janet will lend her extraordinary moderating skills once again. She is a professor of journalism and the director of the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication. She received her Ph.D. in History from the Johns Hopkins University and focuses on how culture is communicated through the mass media.

ARLYSSA BECENTI

Reporter, Navajo Times

Arylssa is a Diné journalist originally from Fort Defiance, AZ. She has reported for Navajo Times since 2016, before which she reported for the daily Gallup Independent. At both publications she mainly reported on Navajo Tribal Government

DR. JULIE POSETTI

Global Director of Research,

International Center for Journalists

Based in Oxford, England, Dr. Posetti researches and writes at the intersection of journalism safety, media freedom, media and gender, journalism and disinformation, and the digital transformation of journalism

TINA SUSMAN

Senior Editor,
TIME Magazine

Most recently, Tina was National Editor at BuzzFeed News, and brings nearly 25 years of experience as an editor and reporter. For the AP and Newsday, she oversaw and contributed coverage from throughout Africa. For the Los Angeles Times,Tina was Baghdad bureau chief.

JENNIFER LUDDEN

Energy & Environment Editor, 
NPR News

Jennifer helps edit energy and environment stories for NPR's National Desk, working with NPR staffers and a team of public radio reporters across the country. They track the shift to clean energy, state and federal policy moves, and how people and communities are coping with the mounting impacts of climate change.

PERVAIZ SHALLWANI

Senior Editor Investigative Enterprise CNN

Pervaiz is a Senior Editor at CNN running a team of investigative and enterprise reporters in New York and national beat leader setting coverage on issues related to policing. Before joining CNN, Pervaiz worked as Senior Editor and Writer at the Daily Beast

PATRICK TALAMANTES

Former CEO,

The McClatchy Company

A Santa Fe resident, Pat is a corporate executive with over 30 years of experience in media and finance. He runs a management consulting practice advising companies on transformational and financial strategies. Pat was the president and CEO of McClatchy, a news and information company in 30 local markets from 2012 to 2017.

INEZ RUSSELL GOMEZ

Editorial Page Editor,

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Inez has been editorial page editor for The Santa Fe New Mexican since 2011. Her earlier career includes freelance work for People Magazine, editing The Taos News and reporting and editing jobs at newspapers in Texas, Florida and Washington, D.C., before returning home to New Mexico for good.

SANDY CAMPBELL

Executive Director,

Santa Fe Council

on International Relations

Sandy is the Executive Director of SFCIR, and the host of this event. Join Sandy for fantastic conversations about Covering Crisis!

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