FIJ Board Members
President Marcia Bullard
is the retired President and CEO of the national Sunday magazine, USA WEEKEND. A reporter and news executive for 40 years, she is a founding editor of USA TODAY and the recipient of two President’s Rings at Gannett. Prior to working at USA TODAY, she was a reporter and editor at the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle and the Illinois State Journal-Register. In 1992 while editing USA WEEKEND, Bullard founded Make A Difference Day, still one of the largest days of volunteering in the United States. In addition to being the current president of the FIJ Board, she also chairs the board of the Heart of America Foundation, a national nonprofit. She serves on the nonprofit boards of Points of Light and the Southern Illinois University Foundation. She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and an inductee into its Hall of Fame. She has an MBA from The George Washington University. She works in the Philadelphia School District as a literacy volunteer and tries every summer to get better at golf.
Vice President Clarence Page
writes a column for the Chicago Tribune that is syndicated in more than 150 newspapers around the country. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1989. In 1972 he was a member of a Chicago Tribune task force that was awarded the Pulitzer for its investigation of vote fraud. Page frequently appears on broadcast shows such as “The McLaughlin Group” and “The Chris Matthews Show.” Page is the author of two books, “Showing My Color: Impolite Essays on Race and Identity,” and “Culture Worrier.” He is also a board member of The Herb Block Foundation and the Committee to Protect Journalists. Before his 2015 election to the board, Page had been on the Fund’s Advisory Board, and previously served for many years as a board member.
Treasurer Mark Greenblatt
is the senior national investigative correspondent for the Scripps Washington Bureau. He is a 3-time Peabody award-winner, the recipient of the IRE Medal, multiple national Edward R. Murrow awards, the Livingston Award, the dupont-Columbia Award, a national Emmy for investigative reporting and he is a two-time finalist for Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting. His recent reports exposed dangerous failures in the Pentagon’s sex offender reporting practices that put civilians at risk and led directly to Congress and President Obama closing the loophole. He has researched a broad range of topics ranging from safety hazards for children to discovering previously unknown risks to communities from some types of drinking water contamination. He previously worked at ABC News and KHOU-TV (CBS Houston). Mark is a proud father and lives in Alexandria, VA, where he roots for the Red Sox and brews his own beer.
is the interim editor-in-chief of The Crisis magazine and a Washington, D.C.-based freelance journalist. She covers race, social justice, civil rights and African American culture. Her work focuses on issues that impact minorities, women, marginalized and underserved communities. She writes frequently about the Civil Rights Movement and has been published in The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Time.com, Vox.com and TheAtlantic.com. Lottie was a 2017 Fund for Investigative Journalism/Schuster Institute diversity Fellow. Her fellowship project examined the causes of recidivism. Lottie is a board member and the Washington, D.C., regional captain for Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS). She is also on the board of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
is a veteran investigative editor and global media consultant on investigative editing, collaborative reporting and innovative multimedia storytelling. She is the co-founder of Reveal and the former executive editor of the Peabody Award-winning national investigative radio program and podcast. Prior to starting her own practice, Reber worked at The Center for Investigative Reporting where she held various senior editorial roles, including director of digital media. In 2013, she co-created Reveal to showcase investigative narrative stories. She took the show from idea to reality. The pilot episode won the team a Peabody award. In 2015 after the team was fully staffed, Reber moved into the role of Executive Editor — a role that included recruiting, cultivating and managing partner relationships. Reveal is now airing on 450 public radio stations with more than 1.7 million downloads.Prior to joining CIR in 2012, Reber formed and led NPR’s first investigations unit, which won multiple Peabody Awards, a Polk award, a Robert F. Kennedy Award and other accolades during her tenure. Prior to moving to the United States, Reber spent 23 years at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., where she held various editorial leadership roles, including deputy managing editor of National Radio News and executive producer of CBC’s Michener Award-winning Investigative Unit from 2003 to 2009. Reber graduated from the University of London with a bachelor’s degree in German and French languages and literature. She earned her graduate diploma in broadcast journalism from City University London. Reber is based in Washington,D.C., and splits her time between the US, Canada, Switzerland and beyond.
is responsible for developing strategies for expanding the work of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in key areas of media development. He conducts a variety of training programs and conferences on digital media, mobile technology, ethics, press freedom, investigative reporting and media development worldwide. Botello is a regular on-air guest commentator for Latin American news networks such as CNN En Español and NTN24. He worked for 10 years as ICFJ’s Latin American program director and launched ICFJ’s International Journalism Network (IJNet), an online media assistance news service. Botello previously served as morning newscast producer, host and television reporter for Televisora Nacional in Panama, where he covered assignments in Latin America, the United States and Europe. He is a member of the board of directors of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin and the Latin American Journalism Center (CELAP) in Panama City, Panama.
is Dean of the School of Media and Communication at Temple University in Philadelphia. Previously, he was Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of The Seattle Times. Under his leadership, The Times won four Pulitzer Prizes. He is a board member and immediate past president of the American Society of News Editors, president of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the immediate past chairman of the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, and a Poynter Ethics Fellow. Boardman served as a director and president of Investigative Reporters and Editors, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Investigative Reporting, and the Steering Committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. He is a charter member of the Advisory Board of ProPublica, the investigative-journalism nonprofit. He also serves as a board member for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, based in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Boardman is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and has a graduate degree from the University of Washington. He is an inductee of both the Medill Alumni Hall of Achievement and the University of Washington Communications Hall of Fame, and hopes Northwestern will make it into the NCAA basketball tournament before he dies.
is executive editor and co-founder of 100Reporters (https://100R.org) and founding director of Double Exposure: The Investigative Film Festival and Symposium. She is an author and award-winning veteran national and foreign correspondent, with more than twenty-five years as a staff writer at the The New York Times and the The Baltimore Sun. She has covered poverty and child abuse, religion and culture. The Times nominated her coverage of education for a Pulitzer Prize in 2003. As bureau chief for the Times in Rio de Janeiro from 1995 to 1999, Schemo tracked the drug war in Colombia, and that country’s brutal conflict between leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries. Her stories chronicled the rise of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, Texaco’s environmental record in Ecuador, indentured servitude in Brazil, and journeys to the heartland of Brazil, where she wrote of modern-day slavery and of a previously uncontacted native tribe. Before joining the Times, Schemo became the first woman assigned overseas for The Baltimore Sun, heading the paper’s West European bureau in Paris and, later, opening a second bureau in Berlin. She covered the trial of Klaus Barbie, the infamous “Butcher of Lyon,” nuclear arms negotiations, the Kurdish exodus from Iraq following the first Gulf War, and the collapse of Communism in East Germany. She has reported from more than twenty-five countries and regions, from Somalia to Israel, Iraq to the Amazon. Schemo’s work has also appeared in Ms., Marie Claire, New York and The New York Times magazines. She is the author of the 2010 book Skies to Conquer: A Year Inside the Air Force Academy (Wiley). The book tracks a year in the life of one squadron at a time of upheaval in the military’s youngest, if most controversial, service academy. She is a three-time winner of the New York Times Publisher’s Award, and shared an award (with Joan Jacobson of the Baltimore Sunpapers) from the National Association of Black Journalists, for an investigation of Baltimore’s Urban Services Agency.
is a data reporter for The Washington Post, working on the political enterprise team with a focus on money in politics and government accountability. She has previous investigative reporting experience both at the Center for Public Integrity and the Sunlight Foundation. Originally from Mumbai, India, she has a Master’s in Journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia and is a member of the IRE/NICAR.
is a freelance reporter, a former foreign correspondent for NPR, and author of Dead Season, A Story of Murder and Revenge. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic and Harpers. Berlow has himself received two FIJ grants, in 1977 and 1991. He is a board member of the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation.
Cheryl W. Thompson
is an investigative correspondent for NPR. She also teaches investigative reporting as an associate professor of journalism at George Washington University. Prior to joining NPR in January 2019, Thompson was an investigative reporter for The Washington Post for 22 years. She has written extensively about law enforcement, political corruption and guns. Her investigation of Howard University Hospital, published in 2017, found the storied facility had the highest rate of death lawsuits per bed than the five other DC hospitals. She also investigated people who died in the United States after being Tasered by police as part of The Post’s yearlong series in 2015 on police shootings. She’s also written an investigative series on firearms that tracked guns used to kill more than 500 police officers in the United States. She was named the Journalism Educator of the Year in 2017 by the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2011, she won an Emmy award for a prison interview of a Chicago man sentenced to life for killing a police officer. She was also part of the team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and received two Salute to Excellence awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, including one for an investigation into the killing of a 14-year-old boy by a Washington, D.C., police officer. Prior to arriving in DC, Ms. Thompson was an investigative reporter for the Kansas City Star, where she broke stories on how the University of Kansas Medical Center performed no heart transplants for 10 months but continued to accept patients, place them on the waiting list and bill them. She has also been a reporter for the Champaign (IL) News-Gazette, the Gainesville (FL) Sun, the Daily News of Los Angeles and the Chicago Tribune. Thompson currently serves as the president of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). She has a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
is the Founding Director of the Program in Journalism at Princeton University, where he also is the Edwin W. Ferris Professor of Journalism in Residence. A veteran investigative reporter, he is a three-time winner of the George Polk Award and a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Stephens joined The Washington Post’s investigative projects team in 1999, writing extensively on presidential politics, political corruption, the war against terrorism, Afghan reconstruction, the federal judiciary and drug experiments conducted on children in the developing world. He has reported and lectured in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and across the United States. His stories have led to Congressional hearings, national legislative reforms, criminal convictions and millions of dollars in fines. Stephens previously worked as an investigative projects reporter for The Kansas City Star.
Charles Lewis / Advisory Board
is a distinguished journalist in residence and executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University in Washington. A former producer for both ABC News and CBS News 60 Minutes, Lewis founded and for 15 years was executive director of the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative reporting organization, where he was co-author of five books, including the bestseller, The Buying of the President 2004 (HarperCollins). In 1998, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and in 2004 received the PEN USA First Amendment award.
Ron Nixon / Advisory Board
is the International Investigations Editor for the Associated Press. Previously he was a Washington correspondent for The New York Times covering the United States Department of Homeland Security. He has covered stories ranging from the U.S. role in the Arab Spring to the US government’s domestic surveillance programs at the US Postal Service and the Transportation Security Administration. Nixon has also reported from Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Prior to The Times, Nixon was database editor at Minneapolis Star Tribune and a member of the paper’s investigative team. Before working at the Star-Tribune, Nixon was on the national training staff of Investigative Reporters and Editors and worked as reporter at the Roanoke Times in Virginia. He is author of the book Selling Apartheid: Apartheid South Africa’s Global Propaganda War (Jacana Media, June 2015). http://goo.gl/Ao3org
Ron also co-founded two news-related startups: The Ujima Project and TruthBeTold.news. The Ujima Project, which started in 2009, is an online portal of databases, documents and other information that attempts to bring transparency to the workings and spending of Africa governments, multinational non-governmental organizations, and business enterprise operating in African countries. He was a featured speaker at the 2009 TedX talks in Kampala, Uganda discussing the Ujima Project and transparency in development. https://goo.gl/sN1swR TruthBeTold.news, which begin in 2015, is a non-profit, non-partisan fact-checking website and digital network, run and edited from Howard University’s Department of Media, Journalism, and Film in the School of Communication. Ron is currently the visiting associate for Journalism and Media Studies at The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and was the 2013-14 Hearst Visiting Professional at Howard University in Washington, DC.
Tisha Thompson / Advisory Board
joined ESPN in January 2017 as a Washington D.C. based investigative reporter. As part of ESPN’s Enterprise unit, Thompson covers investigative stories, primarily for Outside the Lines and also contributes to breaking news stories for SportsCenter and ESPN.com. Previously, Thompson was an investigative reporter for WRC-TV (NBC) in Washington, DC. A fifth-generation journalist, Thompson graduated with honors from Princeton University before receiving her Master’s degree from the University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism. While in school, she interned with MTV News and Chief White House Correspondent Sam Donaldson at ABC News. Thompson has covered practically every kind of story from national political conventions to F-5 tornados for WTTG-TV in Washington, DC, WMAR-TV in Baltimore, MD, WPSD-TV in Paducah, KY and KOMU-TV in Columbia, MO.
Thompson has been named “Best Reporter” in every market she’s worked in, including the Best Reporter Emmy in Washington, DC and the 2011 Gracie Award for Best Reporter in the nation. Honored with more than 85 national and regional awards, she is the recipient of 11 Emmy awards and multiple National Headliner, AP and Edward R. Murrow awards. She received SPJ’s national Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service and is a two-time Investigative Reporters & Editors finalist. Thompson has received several civic awards and, in honor of her public service, was a “Kentucky Colonel,” the state’s highest civilian honor.
Sarah Cohen / Advisory Board
is the editor for computer-assisted reporting at The New York Times. She previously worked as the Knight Chair in computational journalism at Duke University. Cohen has also worked as a database editor for The Washington Post and as a reporter at newspapers in Florida. She has shared in the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, an IRE medal and the Goldsmith Prize. She also serves as the president of Investigative Reporters and Editors.
Margaret Engel / Advisory Board
is executive director of the Alicia Patterson Foundation, the nation’s second oldest journalism foundation. She directs a program that awards fellowships to some of the country’s best reporters, editors and photographers. She also served as managing editor of the Newseum, the nation’s only interactive museum of news. She is a board member of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and was a reporter and editor at The Washington Post. She formerly reported on state government and health issues for the Des Moines Register, before being named to the paper’s Washington bureau. She began her career at The Lorain Journal.
Brant Houston / Advisory Board
is the Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois where he teaches journalism and oversees local and regional investigative projects. Prior to becoming the Knight Chair, Houston served for more than 10 years as executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), a nonprofit organization of more than 4,000 members headquartered at the University of Missouri, where he was a professor in journalism. He also is a co-founder of the U.S.-based Investigative News Network and of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and serves on the boards of several regional investigative centers in the United States. He is the author of Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide and co-author of The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook. Before joining IRE, Houston was an award-winning investigative reporter at U.S. daily newspapers for 17 years.
Deborah Nelson / Advisory Board
is the Carnegie visiting professor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She joined the University of Maryland faculty in 2006, after five years as Washington investigative editor for the Los Angeles Times. She also reported for The Washington Post, The Seattle Times and The Chicago Sun-Times and served as president of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). Her national awards include the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative reporting. She is author of “The War Behind Me: Vietnam Veterans Confront the Truth about U.S. War Crimes” (Basic Books 2008).
Gary Fields / Advisory Board
is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of journalism experience at The Wall Street Journal and USA TODAY.
He joined the Wall Street Journal’s Washington, D.C., bureau in 2000 to cover the Justice Department. He remained in that position until 2005 when his duties were expanded to include a wider degree of criminal justice stories, including the impact of the federal sentencing guidelines. Later, he spent a year examining the criminal justice system in tribal lands. He also covered corrections and received the Thurgood Marshall Award for chronicling the story of a mentally ill inmate on death row in Tennessee. In 2011, Fields joined with John R. Emshwiller and Louise Radnofsky to examine the impact of the growth of the federal criminal code. He and Emshwiller later covered the impact of violence on the criminal justice and health care systems.
The pair also teamed up to examine the collateral consequences of a nation where a sizable proportion of the adult population has criminal records. In addition, Fields wrote about the mental health care system in the U.S., including the difficulties families face in making treatment decisions because of regulations and patient privacy laws. More recently, Fields was a senior projects reporter at the Journal until he took a buyout at the end of December 2016.
He previously covered criminal justice for USA Today and the Washington Times after serving as a news bureau chief for The Times in Shreveport (LA).
Fields received a bachelor’s and masters degree from Northwestern State University in Louisiana, where he is a member of the alumni hall of fame.
Peter Eisler / Advisory Board
is an investigative reporter at Reuters. Previously, at USA TODAY, he explored problems ranging from lax enforcement of U.S. safe drinking water laws to poor security at Russia’s chemical weapons stockpiles. His work has helped spur major changes in public policy, including laws requiring compensation for sick nuclear weapons workers, improved fire protections in nursing homes, and better safety testing for school lunch food. In 2013, Eisler shared the Gerald Loeb Award for online journalism, the Hillman Prize for Web-based investigative reporting, and the duPont-Columbia Award for digital journalism. He’s also won honors in the Barlett and Steele Awards for Investigative Reporting, the National Headliner Awards, the National Press Club Awards, the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, and other national competitions. In addition to his work with FIJ, Eisler volunteers as a high school teaching fellow for the News Literacy Project in Washington, DC.
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covers legal affairs and domestic policy in Mother Jones‘ Washington bureau. She is the author of Blocking the Courthouse Door: How the Republican Party and Its Corporate Allies Are Taking Away Your Right to Sue. She appeared in the documentary “Hot Coffee,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 and was based in part on her book. She is a contributing editor of the Washington Monthly, a former investigative reporter at the Washington Post and senior writer at the Washington City Paper. She was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2004 for a Washington Monthly article about myths surrounding the medical malpractice system. In 2000, she won the Harry Chapin Media award for reporting on poverty and hunger, and her 2010 story in Mother Jones on the collapse of the welfare system in Georgia and elsewhere won a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. She is a graduate of the Loyola Journalist Law School program and a former Alicia Patterson Fellow, and has been a lecturer at Georgetown University.
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is an award-winning investigative journalist and editor whose career has spanned four decades. In May, Ricardo was named Public Editor – ombudsman – for PBS, the nation’s leading public media outlet.
Prior to joining PBS, Ricardo consulted with non-profit investigative news outlets such as InsideClimate News and 100Reporters, and was a supervising editor for Morning Edition, the flagship news show for National Public Radio.
Ricardo also served as an international editor with Center for Public Integrity in Washington, DC, and assistant metro editor for the Sacramento Bee in California. Between 1997 and 2006, he was a correspondent in Latin America for the Dallas Morning News and the San Jose Mercury News.
Before that, in California, Ricardo won recognition for his coverage of the savings and loan scandal, the deregulation of public utility companies, and profiteering in the opaque business of international remittances.
Ricardo also co-authored the award-winning biography, The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement.
Ricardo volunteers as a board member for the Ida B. Wells Society, which focuses on education and opportunity for journalists of color. He’s an advisor to the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the Metcalf Institute for Environmental Reporting at the University of Rhode Island, and the Enterprise Fund of the International Documentary Association.
David Ottaway / Advisory Board
received a BA from Harvard, magna cum laude, in 1962 and a PhD from Columbia University in 1972. He worked 35 years for The Washington Post as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, Africa and Southern Europe and later as a national security and investigative reporter in Washington before retiring in 2006. He has won numerous awards for his reporting at home and abroad and was twice nominated a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Ottaway was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 1979-80 and again in 2005-06 and is currently a Senior Scholar there. His most recent book, published in November 2008, was The King’s Messenger: Prince Bandar bin Sultan and America’s Tangled Relationship with Saudi Arabia. He is currently working on a book regarding the changes underway in the Arab world.