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Julian Assange

Editor-in-Chief, WikiLeaks

Editor-in-chief and journalist at groundbreaking revolutionary public information and news organization, Wikileaks.which publishes information sourced from whistleblowers and acts as a conduit for worldwide news leaks, with a stated purpose of creating open global governance. Assange is also a media and internet entrepreneur, media critic, computer programmer and political activist. 

James Bamford

Author & Journalist

Dr. Bamford is a leading bestselling author on intelligence and national security issues. His books include The Puzzle PalaceBody of Secrets, and A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq and the Abuse of America’s Intelligence Agencies. Bamford has also written forThe New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and is a contributing writer for Rolling Stone. He also spent a decade as the Washington investigative producer for the ABC News program, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and taught at the University of California, Berkeley, as a distinguished visiting professor.

Roberta Baskin

Chief Correspondent, CBS News 1992-97

Baskin has served as the Executive Director of the Centre for Public Integrity, as senior Washington correspondent for NOW with Bill Moyers, senior investigative producer for the ABC news magazine show 20/20, chief investigative correspondent for the CBS news magazine show 48 Hours, and contributed special reports to the CBS Evening News. Baskin has won more than 75 journalism prizes. 

Kristina Borjesson

Journalist, Producer

An investigative reporter and media critic, Borjesson has produced for the major networks, including CBS and CNN. In broadcast, she has won a Murrow Award and Emmy for investigative reporting. Her latest film, a feature documentary titled, “TWA Flight 800,” will premiere on Epix this summer. In print, her first book, INTO THE BUZZSAW, garnered several awards, including the National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award. Her second book, FEET TO THE FIRE, won the Independent Publishers Award For Current Events.

Charles Bowden

Author & Journalist

Award-winning journalist, essayist, author of Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields, Based in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Bowden is a former writer for the Tucson Citizen and often writes about the American Southwest and drug wars. He is a contributing editor of GQ and Mother Jones magazine, and has written for Harper’s MagazineNew York Times Book ReviewEsquire and Aperture. He is the winner of a Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction.

Bob Baer

Middle East Field Officer, CIA 1976-97

Bob Baer is TIME.com’s intelligence columnist, an author and former CIA case officer. His books See No Evil and Sleeping with the Devil were the basis for Academy Award-winning Warner Brothers filmSyriana, in which the lead character was based on Baer. During his twenty-one years with the CIA, Baer performed on-the-ground field assignments in South Asia and the Middle East. He was the recipient of the CIA’s Career Intelligence Medal. He has contributed to Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Pratap Chatterjee

Executive Director, CorpWatch

Executive director of CorpWatch, an Oakland-based corporate accountability organization, investigative journalist and progressive author. He also works for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London. He writes regularly for The Guardian and serves on the board of Amnesty International USA and of the Corporate Europe Observatory. He has been published in the Financial TimesThe New RepublicThe Guardian, and The Independent. He often appears as a guest expert in a wide variety of media ranging from Fox TV to Democracy Now!.His writing has won a number of awards. 

Jeff Cohen

Founder of F.A.I.R., Author & Journalist

Journalist, media critic, professor, and the founder ofFairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR). Cohen was formerly a lawyer for the ACLU and authored or co-authored five books that focus on media bias. He was a regular commentator for Fox News Channel’s Fox News Watch, for MSNBC and CNN, and appears in the documentary Outfoxed.

Luke Dittrich

Contributing Editor, ‘Esquire’

Journalist and contributing editor at Esquire.Dittrichwrites on subjects ranging from lost atomic bombs to teenage hitmen. His forthcoming book, The Brain That Changed Everything, centers on Henry Molaison, a man who underwent an experimental operation in 1958 which obliterated his ability to create new memories. Molaison’s case revolutionized our understanding of how memory works.

Sibel Edmonds

FBI Language Specialist 2001-02

Founder and Head of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC) and former FBI translator. Edmonds was fired from her role as a language specialist at the FBI’s Washington Field Office in March 2002. She received recognition and plaudits after accusing the FBI of alleged serious acts of security breaches and cover-ups. 

Daniel Ellsberg

Pentagon Papers Whistleblower

Former United States military analyst and employee of the RAND corporation, Ellsberg precipitated national controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers’ – a top-secret study of U.S. government decision-making in relation to the Vietnam War, to The New York Times and other publications. He has a PhD in Economics from Harvard. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Ron Ridenhour Courage Prize and the Gandhi Peace Award.

Brad Friedman

Journalist

Journalist best known for his criticism of election integrity issues in the USA. He founded the THE BRAD BLOGwhich covers voting rights and election integrity issues in the USA, and a number of other subjects related to media reform and political corruption. 

Philip Giraldi

CIA Counter Terrorism Officer 1976-92

Giraldi was a counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer of the CIA for eighteen years, working in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain. He is a columnist, television commentator, and the Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a group that advocates for more even-handed policies by the U.S. government in the Middle East. He has a PhD from University of London in European History.

Danny Glover

Actor & Director

American actor, film director, and political activist.Glover is best known for his roles in The Color Purple and the Lethal Weapon films. He co-founded the Robey Theatre Comany in honor of the actor, radical activist, and concert singer Paul Robeson. He is an active supporter of various humanitarian and political causes.

Amy Goodman

Host of ‘Democracy Now!’, Author & Journalist

American progressive broadcast journalist, columnist,  syndicated investigative reporter and author. She is the host of Democracy Now!, an independent global news program.

Dick Gregory

Comedian & Author

American comedian, social activist, social critic, writer and entrepreneur. Gregory’s comedy is infused with political and social messages about civil rights and other social causes. Gregory is number 82 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time and has his own star on the St.Louis Walk of Fame. 

Brian Healy

Producer, CBS News 1972-2010

Healy has held senior producer and producer positions at the CBS Early Show, CBS Evening News, Eye to Eye with Connie Chung, and CBS News Sunday Morning.  He has worked with Ed Bradley, serving as his producer on the floor of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.  He is the recipient of several national Emmy Awards. 

Chris Hedges

Foreign Correspondent, ‘The New York Times’ 1990-2005

Journalist, authorand war correspondent specializing in American and Middle Eastern politics and societies. Hedges is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York. He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has written for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News, and The New York Times, where he was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years. Hedges is also known as the best-selling author of War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. His most recent book is entitled The World As It Is

Janine Jackson

Program Director, ‘Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting’

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting’s program director and a frequent contributor to FAIR’s magazine, Extra!. She co-edited ‘The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the ’90s’ and co-hosts/produces FAIR’s syndicated radio show Counter Spin.

Deepa Kumar

Media Studies Professor

Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of the books ‘Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization, and the UPS Strike’ and ‘Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire‘.

Peter Kornbluh

Senior Analyst, National Security Archives

Director of the National Security Archive’s Chile Documentation and Cuba Documentation Projects, Kornbluh played a large role in the campaign to declassify government documents relating to the history of the U.S. Government’s support for the Pinochet dictatorship. He is the author of several books and received a James Aronson Award honourable mention for his articles in the The New Yorker.

Jonathan Landay

National Security Correspondent, Knight Ridder

Award-winning journalist who was among the first to investigate and raise questions about the Bush administration’s justifications for war in Iraq. Landay is senior national security and intelligence correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers. He has written about foreign affairs and U.S. defence, intelligence and foreign policies for over 25 years. He was a co-recipient of the 2003 Raymond Clapper Memorial Award for disclosing the exaggerated intelligence on the invasion of Iraq. In 2005, he won a National Headliners Award, an Award of Distinction from the Medill School of Journalism, and Georgetown University’s 2007 Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting Special Citation. He was a co-recipient of the National Press Club’s 2011 Edward M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence for an investigative series on corrupt contracting in Afghanistan.

John MacArthur

President & Publisher, ‘Harper’s Magazine’

MacArthur has reported for The Wall Street Journal, the Washington StarThe Bergen RecordChicago Sun, and was assistant foreign editor at United Press International. He is the recipient of the Mencken Award for best editorial/op-ed column for his New York Times exposé of “Nayirah”, the Kuwait diplomat’s daughter who helped fake the Iraqi baby-incubator atrocity. He took over the foundation that owned Harper’s, and became president and publisher of Harper’s Magazine in 1983.

Robert McChesney

Communications Professor, Author & Journalist

McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the co-founder of Free Press, a national media reform organization. McChesney also hosts Media Matters, a weekly radio program on WILL-AM radio.

Douglas McCollam

Journalist, ‘Columbia Journalism Review’

McCollam is a Washington-based legal correspondent for BusinessWeek. He joined BusinessWeek from Legal Times, where he was a Senior Editor overseeing much of their coverage on the intersection of business, law and lobbying.

Thuyen Nguyen

‘Vietnam Labor Watch’ Founder

Successful business entrepreneur who foundedVietnam Labor Watch, a group dedicated on regulating fair business practices in Vietnam.

John Nichols

Author & Journalist, ‘The Nation Magazine’

Political correspondent for The Nation magazine. Nichols is a contributing writer for The Progressive andIn These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. His articles have appeared in the New York Times and theChicago Tribune amongst other publications. Along with fellow author Robert McChesney, Nichols co-founded the media reform group Free Press.

Kelly O’Meara

Congressional Aide, New York 1981-97

A former House Chief of Staff, O’Meara tracked and plotted censured radar charts of TWA Flight 800 which the National Transportation Safety Board said didn’t exist. Her investigative reports on child vaccines have generated congressional hearings, as has her work on medicating children with mind-altering drugs. She is a member of the congressional press galleries and a frequent guest on national TV and radio.

Robert Parry

Journalist, ‘Consortium News’, ‘Associated Press’ 1974-87

As an investigative journalist Parry received the George Polk Award for National Reporting for his work with the Associated Press on the Iran-Contra story and for uncovering Oliver North’s involvement in it as a Washington-based correspondent for Newsweek. He is the founder of Consortium News, an online e-zine dedicated to investigative journalism. From 2000 to 2004, he also worked for Bloomberg News. Parry has written several books, including Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & ‘Project Truth’ and Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq

Susan Paterno

Senior Contributing Writer, ‘American Journalism Review’

Award-winning journalist and Director of Journalism at Chapman University. Paterno is a senior writer forAmerican Journalism Review She has written for theLos Angeles Times, theNew York Times, U.S. News & World Report, Parenting and was awarded the National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism.. She has collaborated on a half-dozen books, including The Newswriter’s Handbook and Talk Straight, Listen Carefully: The Art of Interviewing with M.L. Stein.

Rothwell B. Pool

Law Partner & Family Friend

Pool practices Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution from Terrell, Texas.He is a longtime law partner and family friend of Bill Conradt, who in 2006, became involved withthe American television newsmagazine program Dateline NBC; To Catch A Predator.

Dan Rather

News Anchor CBS 1981 – 2005

Rather was the first network television journalist to report that U.S President John F.Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, before becoming a foreign correspondent for CBS in London and Vietnam. He served his second tenure as White House correspondent during the Richard Nixon presidency. He was the chief correspondent for the documentary series CBS Reports, a correspondent for 60 Minutes and an anchor and Managing Editor of CBS Evening News. He is now managing editor and anchor of the television news magazine Dan Rather Reports on the cable channel HDNet. 

Silvia Rivera

Managing Director, ‘Vocalo’

Rivera is an authoritative voice on issues of leadership and diversity in public media. She was the host/music & public affairs producer, Community Relations Director, Assistant GM of Marketing & Development, and General Manager of Radio Arte, a youth-driven Latino public radio station. Silvia received the Founder’s Award in 2007 by the Chicago Foundation for Women. She is a founding member and Board President of the Latino Public Radio Consortium.

David Simon

Author & Journalist, Creator of ‘The Wire’

American author, journalist, and a writer/producer of television series. After 12 years at the Baltimore Sun City Desk, Simon wrote Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets and co-wrote The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood. He is the creator of the HBO television series The Wire, for which he served as executive producer/head writer and co-created the HBO series Treme. He was selected as one of the 2010 MacArthur Fellows and named an Utne Reader visionary.

Norman Solomon

Journalist, ‘Institute for Public Accuracy’ Founder

American journalist, media critic, antiwar activist, and current candidate for the United States House of Representatives. Solomon is a longtime associate of the media watch group Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting. He founded the Institute for Public Accuracy, which works to provide alternative sources for journalists, and served as its executive director until 2010. Solomon’s weekly column, ‘Media Beat’, was in national syndication from 1992-2009. 

Kurt Webb

Gary Webb’s brother

American businessman and brother of Gary Webb, an investigative reporter who focused on government and private sector corruption and won more than 30 journalism awards. In 1990 Gary won a Pulitzer Prize for General News Reporting for a series of stories on the collapse of the Cypress Street Viaduct during northern California’s 1989 earthquake. He also received the Media Hero Award from the Institute for Alternative Journalism and was named Journalist of the Year by the Bay Area Society of Professional Journalists. Gary Webb was best known for his “Dark Alliance” series of articles written for the San Jose Mercury News and later published as a book.

Philip Weiss

Journalist, ‘New York Observer’ 1996-2006

American journalist who co-edits Mondoweiss, a news website devoted to covering American foreign policy in the Middle East, chiefly from a progressive Jewish perspective. He is the author of Cock-a-Doodle-Doo,American Taboo: A Murder In The Peace Corps, and co-edited The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict . Weiss has written for the New York Times MagazineEsquireHarper’s Magazine, and the New York Observer.

Walter Weiss

Detective, Murphy Police Department 2002-2007

Weiss is a former police detective with the Murphy Police Department in Texas. He resigned after the police department participated inthe American television newsmagazine program Dateline NBC; To Catch A Predator.