Kael Alford is a documentary photographer, photojournalist and teacher whose work has been published in magazines worldwide. She was based in the Balkans from 1996-2003, covering regional news, including the final stages of Yugoslavia’s disintegration, the war in Kosovo and the conflict in Macedonia. Alford photographed the Israeli forces’ incursion into the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank in 2002. She later worked extensively in Iraq before, during and after the U.S.-led invasion of the country, which led to the publication of her book “Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists in Iraq.” Most recently, she has been working on the coast of Louisiana, documenting communities affected by coastal erosion. She is a 2009 Nieman Fellow.
Hannah Allam covers the Middle East as Cairo bureau chief for McClatchy Newspapers. From 2003-2006, she was McClatchy’s Baghdad bureau chief. Her dispatches from Iraq won the Overseas Press Club’s Hal Boyle Award for best newspaper reporting from abroad, the John S. Knight Gold Medal and other honors. She is a 2009 Nieman Fellow.
Abdul Razzaq al-Saiedi worked for The New York Times in Baghdad for four years, covering the war and the political transition in Iraq. He attended the Saddam Hussein trial as a reporter and observer for international justice and human rights organizations. He was 2008 Nieman Fellow. He is currently a Mason Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, pursuing a master’s degree in public administration.
Alicia Anstead is a conference consultant for the Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism at Harvard. For two decades, she covered arts and culture for the Bangor Daily News and has contributed to The New York Times and Art New England. In 2000, Anstead was a fellow at the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and, in 2008, was the inaugural Arts and Culture Fellow at the Nieman Foundation. She edits Inside Arts magazine and teaches arts journalism at Harvard Extension School.
Barbara Ayotte is a communications strategist, writer/editor and human rights activist. For 17 years, she was director of communications at Physicians for Human Rights where she paired storytelling and advocacy on behalf of torture, rape and landmine survivors, refugees and asylum seekers. She interviewed Bosnian and Kosovar war survivors for two traveling photo documentary exhibits. Barbara is now director of communications for SocialDocumentary.net, a new Web site featuring documentary photography exhibits from around the world that explore the global human condition.
Moni Basu has spent 18 years at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as both a reporter and an editor. She has reported extensively from her native India and began visiting Iraq in 2002 as war was looming. Since then, she has made six other trips to Iraq. She has won several awards for her Iraq war coverage and was a 2007 Dart Center Ochberg Fellow.
Larry Blumenfeld’s writing about culture has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, The New York Times, and Salon, among other publications. He was a Katrina Media Fellow for the Open Society Institute, researching cultural recovery in New Orleans, and a fellow in the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University. His essay, “Exploding Myths in Morocco and Senegal,” appeared in “Music in the Post-9/11 World,” and his story “Band on the Run in New Orleans” was included in “Best Music Writing 2008.” He is editor-at-large of Jazziz magazine.
Esad Boškailo is an attending psychiatrist for the Maricopa Integrated Health System in Arizona, where he also is an associate director of the residency training program in psychiatry. He has worked as a general practitioner in Bosnia and Croatia and worked for Doctors Without Borders, providing medical care to occupants of the Gasinci Refugee Camp in Croatia during the mid-1990s. He is a survivor of six different concentration camps during the war in Bosnia. Boškailo has spoken widely on the topic of providing mental health services to refugees in the midst of crisis and has published several articles on the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. He was editor in chief for Zambak magazine, which focuses on helping Bosnian refugees adjust to life in the United States and Canada.
Karen Brown covers health care for public radio station WFCR in Amherst, Mass., with a focus on mental health, children’s issues, and community-based initiatives. Her stories have aired nationally on National Public Radio, American RadioWorks, “Marketplace,” “Justice Talking” and other outlets. Brown’s work has won numerous awards including the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. Brown is currently a Kaiser Media Fellow, reporting on Massachusetts’ health reform experiment. She previously received a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism.
Glenda Carpio is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and English at Harvard University. She is the author of “Laughing Fit to Kill: Black Humor in the Fictions of Slavery” and is currently working on a book tentatively titled “Ambivalent Alliances: Black and Latina/o Fiction in the Americas.” Carpio recently received Harvard University’s Abramson Award for Excellence and Sensitivity in Undergraduate Teaching.
Marc Cooper is an award-winning journalist and author who has covered politics and culture around the world for more than three decades. His work has appeared in dozens of national publications and he has reported and produced television news documentaries for CBS News, PBS’s Frontline and The Christian Science Monitor. He is the author of three non-fiction books including his memoir of Chile, “Pinochet and Me,” which is based on his experiences as a translator for Chilean President Salvador Allende and his escape from Chile after the 1973 military coup. Cooper is a member of the journalism faculty at the USC Annenberg School for Communication where he serves as director of Annenberg Digital News and as associate director of the Institute for Justice and Journalism.
Alfredo Corchado has worked for The Dallas Morning News since 1994. As Mexico Bureau Chief, he covers U.S. policy in Latin America, with a special focus on Mexico and issues such as migration and drug trafficking. He has worked for public radio, local television and print media, including The Ogden Standard-Examiner, The El Paso Herald-Post and The Wall Street Journal. In 2005, his reporting on drug violence and crimes by Mexican drug cartels and the paramilitary group Zetas led to several death threats. He is a 2009 Nieman Fellow.
Peter Davis is a documentary filmmaker and author whose work is chiefly concerned with the effects of power on the powerless. The trauma of war, poverty and dispossession has figured consistently in his films and books. His best known film, “Hearts and Minds,” about the Vietnam War, won an Academy Award. His chronicle of the American underclass, “If You Came This Way,” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and he won an Emmy Award for his investigative report on Defense Department propaganda, “The Selling of the Pentagon.” He received a Writers Guild Award for the film “Hunger in America.” Davis has also covered the war in Iraq for The Nation, and authored a book on war in Central America, “Where Is Nicaragua?”
Donna De Cesare is an award-winning photographer, writer and videographer whose work has appeared in a number of national news and art publications. She has produced programs for The Learning Channel and won an Emmy in 1996 for the video documentary “Killer Virus.” Her coverage of the spread of U.S. gang culture to Central America has won national and international awards and in 2002, she was awarded a top prize from the National Press Photographers Association for her photo-essay on Colombia, published by Crimes of War. Her other honors include the Dorothea Lange Prize, the Alicia Patterson Fellowship, the Mother Jones International Photo Fund Award, the Soros Independent Project Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship. De Cesare is Associate Professor of Documentary Photography at the Journalism School at University of Texas in Austin and teaches photography workshops for at-risk youth, journalism students and professional photojournalists. She is on the Executive Board of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.
Anna Di Lellio is the author of “The Battle of Kosovo: An Albanian Epic” and the editor of “The Case for Kosova: A Passage to Independence,” a collection of essays on Kosovo’s history, politics and culture. She has published essays on the construction of post-war Pan–Albanian master narrative. Di Lellio teaches at the Graduate Program in International Relations at The New School University in New York and at the Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Communication in Prishtina. She has worked for years in Kosovo, most recently as political adviser to the prime minister; from 2001 through 2003, as media commissioner (the interim regulator of broadcasting and print media for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo); and in 2003-2004, as research analyst for the International Organization for Migration on the Kosovo Liberation Army program of reintegration and as political adviser to the U.N. Kosovo Protection Corps Coordinator.
Rachel Dissell has been a reporter with The Plain Dealer in Cleveland since 2002 and covers juvenile justice, children and family issues and county corruption. She previously worked at the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Va. She won an award in 2008 from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma for “Johanna: Facing Forward,” about a teen who was shot in the face by her former boyfriend. She is currently working on two projects: a story about Cleveland’s Children Who Witness Violence program and a video project about teens who have killed other teens with guns.
Scheherezade Faramarzi is an Associated Press reporter who has covered conflicts in the Middle East, Pakistan, Afghanistan and North Africa for three decades. Her work has focused on revolutions, civil war, suicide bombings, kidnappings, hostage negotiations, guerrilla warfare and terrorism. In 2006, she moved to Beirut to cover Hezbollah and Iran’s regional influence. She is a 2009 Nieman Fellow.
Drew Gilpin Faust is president of Harvard University. A historian of the Civil War and the American South, Faust is also the Lincoln Professor of History in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Previously, she had served as founding dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, guiding the transformation of Radcliffe from a college into a wide-ranging institute for advanced study. Before joining Radcliffe, Faust was Annenberg Professor of History and director of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she served for 25 years on the faculty. She is the author of six books, including her recent “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War,” which looks at the impact of the Civil War’s enormous death toll on the lives of 19th-century Americans. It was nominated for a National Book Award, and named by The New York Times as one of the “10 Best Books of 2008.”
Stefanie Friedhoff is special projects manager at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and program director of this conference. She also works as a freelance journalist and science writer for U.S. and European media. Her articles have appeared in Time, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), Folio/Neue Zuercher Zeitung and Facts (Switzerland), among others. Friedhoff started a career as a freelance correspondent based in Cambridge, Mass., in 1998. Previously, she worked for BZ, Berlin’s largest daily newspaper, where she was news editor and editor of the Sunday magazine. She was a 2001 Nieman Fellow and organized a number of educational workshops and conferences for the Nieman Foundation before joining the staff part-time in 2006.
Arnessa Garrett has worked in newspapers for more than 15 years, at both large metros and community dailies. She is currently senior editor/news at the The Daily Advertiser, a Gannett-owned newspaper in her hometown of Lafayette, La. As senior editor, she has helped direct local coverage of courts, crime and natural disasters, including hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. She has been the lead editor on several of the newspaper’s investigative projects including “The Days After,” a special report on domestic violence that won the 2006 Dart Award for outstanding coverage of victims of violence. She was a 2006 Dart Center Ochberg Fellow and has traveled as a representative of the Dart Center to Tbilisi, Georgia to speak with journalists and journalism students covering the aftermath of war.
Bob Giles became the curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard in 2000, after nearly 40 years in newspapers. Previously, he had been editor and publisher of The Detroit News. From 1977 to 1986, Giles was executive editor and then editor of the Rochester, N.Y., Democrat and Chronicle and the Times-Union. His career began in 1958 at the Akron Beacon Journal. As managing editor in 1970, he directed coverage of the campus shootings at Kent State University, for which the newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize. Giles was a 1966 Nieman Fellow.
Deirdre Stoelzle Graves, director of The Dart Society, is a writer and painter who lives on an isolated cattle ranch in Wyoming. As a journalist at The Casper Star-Tribune, her coverage focused on social justice and interpersonal conflict. She was a 1999 Dart Center Ochberg Fellow and traveled twice to Rwanda on Dart-related missions. She is the author of “Branded: The Making of a Wyoming Cowgirl.”
Lori Grinker began her photographic career in 1981 when Inside Sports published her photo-essay about a young boxer as its cover story. During that time she met another young boxer, 13 year-old Mike Tyson, whom she documented for the following decade. Since then, she has reported events such as the destruction of the World Trade Center, and delved into several long term projects. She is author of “Afterwar: Veterans from a World in Conflict.” Grinker’s work has earned international recognition, garnering numerous prizes and awards. Her photographs have been exhibited around the world and are in many private and museum collections. Between editorial assignments, and personal projects, Grinker lectures, teaches workshops and is on the faculty of the International Center of Photography in New York City.
Roya Hakakian is an Iranian-American writer and journalist. The author of two collections of poetry in Persian, her work has appeared in numerous anthologies around the world. Her opinion columns, essays, and book reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal and she is a contributor to the Weekend Edition of NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Her memoir “Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran” has won numerous awards and she is a recipient of a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction. Hakakian’s most recent film is “Armed and Innocent,” about underage children involved in wars around the world. She is a founding member of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center and serves on the board of Refugees International. Hakakian is a fellow at Yale University’s Whitney Humanities Center.
Constance Hale is director of the Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism at Harvard University. She has worked as a reporter and editor at the Oakland Tribune, The San Francisco Examiner, Wired, and Health, and her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian, Atlantic Monthly, and National Geographic Adventure. Hale edits books for Harvard Business School Press and appears in print and on radio as a language commentator. Her books include Sin and Syntax and Wired Style.
Pete Hamill has been a journalist for more than four decades and is the author of more than 20 books, including ten novels, as well as collections of short stories. He began his journalism career as a reporter at the New York Post and has been a columnist for the New York Post, the New York Daily News, and New York Newsday, The Village Voice, New York magazine and Esquire. He also served as editor-in-chief for both the Post and the Daily News. Hamill has covered wars in Vietnam, Nicaragua, Lebanon and Northern Ireland. He also has written about murders, World Series, championship fights and the domestic disturbances of the 1960s, as well as art, jazz, immigration and politics. For the New York Daily News, he reported on the events of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath. He is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.
Amy Hill is a digital video instructor/ producer and public health/community development consultant. Her involvement with women’s health and violence prevention programs led her in 2000 to found Silence Speaks, a digital storytelling initiative that blends oral history, participatory mediamaking and popular education in workshops to support the telling of stories that often remain unspoken. She specializes in the ethical implications of producing and sharing sensitive personal narratives. Hill manages Silence Speaks and other national and international projects related to youth development, public health and human rights in her current role as community projects director at the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, Calif.
Jed Horne was an editor and reporter with The Times-Picayune in New Orleans for 20 years before leaving daily journalism in 2007 to write books. He is the author of “Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City,” which was declared “best of the Katrina books” on NPR’s “All things Considered.” A graduate of Harvard College, Horne worked for The Boston Phoenix before moving to New York and later to New Orleans. Following a stint as foreign correspondent, primarily in Latin America, Horne became city editor of The Times- Picayune. Horne’s reporting from Kobe, Japan, in 2005 was honored by the American Planning Association and his reporting on Katrina was included in submissions by the staff of The Times-Picayune for which the newspaper received two Pulitzer Prizes in 2006.
Jiarra Jackson, a New Orleans native, is a reporter and host of Youth Radio’s “Generation Katrina,” an award-winning radio documentary. She is also a national spokesperson for Boys Hope Girls Hope International, and is a member of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in hospitality management at Roosevelt University.
Kalpana Jain is a senior health journalist in India. She wrote for The Times of India for 18 years and was among the first journalists to cover the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country. Jain has broken hundreds of news stories on public health, which have led to numerous policy changes and even the resignation of a health minister. In 2005, she joined the Kaiser Foundation, working with Indian newspapers to help them with their HIV/AIDS and public health stories. She now edits the online publication “Healthe-Letter,” aimed at policymakers and other key decision makers in India. She is a 2009 Global Health Fellow at the Nieman Foundation.
E. Ann Kaplan is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at Stony Brook University, where she also founded and directs the Humanities Institute. She is past president of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Kaplan has written many books and articles on topics in cultural studies, media and women’s studies from diverse theoretical perspectives. Kaplan’s pioneering research on women in film continues to be influential in the United States and abroad. Her recent books include “Trauma and Cinema: Cross-Cultural Explorations,” “Feminism and Film” and a monograph, “Trauma Culture: The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature.”
Seamus Kelters is an assistant news editor with BBC Northern Ireland. During 20 years working in Belfast, 16 of them at the BBC, he has worked as a producer in the political and investigative current affairs units. For the last decade he has produced an award-winning nightly television news program. Before joining the BBC, he was a senior reporter with the Irish News specializing in security-related stories. With four others, he wrote “Lost Lives: The Stories of the Men, Women and Children who Died as a Result of the Northern Ireland Troubles,” which won the prestigious Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize.
Julia Lieblich is Assistant Professor of Journalism at Loyola University in Chicago, where she teaches human rights reporting. Lieblich is a former religion writer for the Chicago Tribune and The Associated Press. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Time, Life, Ms., and other publications. She is the author of “Sisters: Lives of Devotion and Defiance” and together with Esad Boškailo, is co-authoring “Finding Meaning after Terror,” about a Bosnian concentration camp survivor. She was a 2002 Dart Center Ochberg Fellow.
Robert Jay Lifton is Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/ Cambridge Health Alliance and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Psychology at The City University of New York. He was formerly director of the Center on Violence and Human Survival at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He also held the Foundations’ Fund Research Professorship of Psychiatry at Yale University for more than two decades. The recipient of many awards and honorary degrees, Lifton has sought to combine scholarship and social activism. The themes of his work have been holocaust and transformation. He has studied many of the most destructive events of the 20th and 21st centuries and has played an important role in the development of the field of psychohistory. He is the author of many award-winning publications.
Jacki Lyden has been an-award winning host and correspondent for National Public Radio since 1986. She has traveled frequently to over a dozen conflict zones in the Middle East and Afghanistan, focusing on the issues of civilians, minorities and others caught in the upheaval of war. Her collaboration with NPR’s John McChesney on “Anatomy of a Shooting,” investigated the death of her own translator, Yasser Salihee, in Baghdad in 2005. Salihee was killed by an American soldier and the ensuing piece became a teaching tool for several organizations. Lyden has also written about American prisons and the individual in society. She is author of the memoir “Daughter of the Queen of Sheba,” which explores her mother’s mental illness and is working on a sequel.
Margarita Martinez, a native of Bogotá, Colombia, covered Colombia’s war for The Associated Press from 1999 to 2006 and is now a full time documentary filmmaker. She co-directed “La Sierra,” an award-winning documentary that follows the lives of three young people in a Medellín neighborhood defined by violence. She also co-directed “The Battle of Silence,” about the repression of journalists in Latin America. Martinez is editing a documentary filmed in Southern Colombia on the efforts of a close-knit, traditional indigenous community, the Nasa, to resist violence through non-violence in the midst of the country’s long war. She is a 2009 Nieman Fellow.
Alexander McFarlane is currently the Head of the University of Adelaide Node of the Centre of Military and Veterans Health. He is an international expert on the impact of disasters and posttraumatic stress disorder and is a past president of both the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He is also the recipient of the Robert Laufer Award for outstanding scientific achievement in the study of the effects of traumatic stress. In 2008, he was awarded the Organon Senior Research Award for the most significant contribution to psychiatric research in Australia during the preceding five years. He has acted as an advisor to many groups in post-disaster situations and has lectured and run workshops around the world. He has published widely and has co-edited three books. He frequently appears in the media as a commentator on the impact of war and disaster.
Paul McEnroe is an investigative reporter at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis with a focus on social justice issues. He has been a national correspondent for the paper and has covered international events including the Gulf War, the war in Bosnia-Croatia and the Iraq war. He is a member of The Dart Society and was a 2005 Dart Center Ochberg Fellow. In 2008, he received a fellowship with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma and will complete the program in May 2009. In addition to his newspaper duties, he is an adjunct at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism, teaching investigative narrative reporting.
Miles Moffeit is an investigative reporter with The Denver Post and a board member of The Dart Society. His influential reports on social justice and corruption have led to government reform and criminal prosecutions. His most recent project, exposing how police mishandled DNA samples nationwide, led to new laws protecting forensic evidence. The series was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting. Moffeit continued his work on the series by chronicling the story of what happened to Tim Masters, the first man in Colorado freed by DNA evidence from a life sentence, after he left prison. He was a 2004 Dart Center Ochberg Fellow.
Richard Mollica is the director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Under Mollica’s direction, HPRT conducts training, policy and research activities for traumatized populations around the world. HPRT’s scientific work has helped place mental health issues at the center of the recovery of post-conflict societies. Mollica has published over 160 scientific articles and is the author of “Healing Invisible Wounds: Paths to Hope and Recovery in a Violent World.” He and his team have cared for over 10,000 survivors of extreme violence worldwide during the past 30 years. Through his research, clinical work and trainings he is recognized as a leader in the treatment and rehabilitation of traumatized people and their communities. He has received numerous awards for his work.
Rose Moss is an award-winning writer, poet and teacher who was born and raised in South Africa. She has lived in the United States since 1964. Her most recent book, “In Court,” a Penguin Modern Classic, presents prize-winning stories about exile, disruption, faith, reconciliation and justice. Moss has published two novels, “The Family Reunion” and “The Terrorist.” Her third book, “Shouting at the Crocodile,” is a non-fiction account of two defendants in a treason trial during the last days of apartheid. Moss is author of more than 40 short stories and her non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic Monthly and other publications and scholarly journals. She teaches writing at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, Harvard Law School and at the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard.
Brett Myers is field producer for Youth Radio/Youth Media International’s National Network which includes Youth Radio bureaus in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., as well as collaborating partners throughout the country. Before joining Youth Radio in July 2006, Myers worked as an independent producer with Peabody Award-winning radio institutions including Sound Portraits Productions, StoryCorps, and The Kitchen Sisters. He was named one of the top 25 photographers under the age of 25 by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
Elana Newman is McFarlin Chair of Psychology at the University of Tulsa, research director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, and a past president of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. She co-directed the Dart Center’s first satellite office in New York City after 9/11. Her research in the field of traumatic stress has examined the physical and psychological effects of trauma exposure on adults and children; health care costs and trauma; journalism and trauma; occupational health and trauma; research ethics in studying trauma survivors; and substance abuse and trauma. Newman has studied the occupational health of journalists and she is examining the effects of journalistic practice upon consumers.
Scott North is an assistant city editor and projects reporter at The Herald in Everett, Wash. He has reported on virtually every aspect of the criminal justice system and helped The Herald develop innovative techniques in covering violence in a sensitive, accurate and insightful way. He has received numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington Press Association, A 2003 Dart Center Ochberg Fellow, North’s work is featured in “Covering Violence: A Guide to Ethical Reporting about Victims & Trauma.” He is president of The Dart Society.
Frank Ochberg is a founding board member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and recipient of their highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. He edited the first text on the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and served on the committee that defined PTSD. He served as associate director of the National Institute of Mental Health and director of the Michigan Mental Health Department. At Michigan State University, he is clinical professor of psychiatry, formerly adjunct professor of criminal justice, and adjunct professor of journalism. Ochberg founded and secured the funding for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, served as its first chairman and now is chairman emeritus of the Center. As a Red Cross volunteer, Ochberg has helped families at sites of earthquakes, floods, fires and aircraft disasters. He represents the Dart Foundation and directs its support of victimization programs around the world.
Julia Reynolds, a criminal justice reporter for The Monterey County Herald, covers the prison system and youth gangs in Salinas, California. She has investigated con artists, drug traffickers, money launderers, sociopaths and international arms smugglers. She co-produced the PBS documentary “Nuestra Familia, Our Family,” about multigenerational gangs in a rural Latino community, and has reported for “Now with Bill Moyers,” NPR, “60 Minutes,” The Nation and other outlets. She was previously a staff reporter at the Center for Investigative Reporting. Reynolds has won a number of awards for her work including the Investigative Reporters and Editors’ highest honor, the Tom Renner Medal. Reynolds also was editor of the award-winning national Latino magazine El Andar from 1998 to 2002. She is a 2009 Nieman Fellow.
Luis Rodriguez is an award-winning writer who addresses the issues of race, class, gender, and personal rage through dialogue, story, poetry and art. He conducts workshops, readings and talks in prisons, juvenile detention facilities, universities, public and private schools and homeless shelters. He wrote about his life as an active gang member in the bestseller “Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.” He is the author of several award-winning collections of poetry, children’s books and other work including “Hearts and Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times” and a novel, “Music of the Mill.” Rodriguez was one of 50 leaders worldwide selected as “Unsung Heroes of Compassion,” presented by the Dalai Lama. He is currently working on a new memoir.
Eric Rosenberg is Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Tufts University. He has recently explored the extent to which trauma might be said to have an aesthetic and to that end, co-edited “Trauma and Visuality in Modernity” with Lisa Saltzman. His recent essay, “Photography Is Over, If You Want It” in the book “The Meaning of Photography,” deals with similar concerns. Rosenberg is currently co-authoring “Photography’s Documentaries in Depression Era America” with Sara Blair. He has also lectured on artist J.M.W. Turner’s “Slave Ship” painting in New York City, commenting on the “Intersection of Race, Painting, and Politics at the End of Reconstruction.”
Daniel Rothenberg is managing director of international projects at the International Human Rights Law Institute of DePaul University College of Law. He works on transitional justice issues, particularly truth commissions, amnesty laws, tribunals and reparations. He also manages human rights and rule of law projects in various parts of the world. He has conducted research on labor migration, moral panics, genocide and social responses to institutionalized violence. He is the author of “With These Hands” and the forthcoming, “I Pray Never Again to See What I Saw in My Beloved Sierra Leone: Popular Version of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report.”
Glenn Ruga is the founder of SocialDocumentary.net, a new Web site featuring documentary photography from around the world. He is also a full-time graphic designer, a part-time social documentarian and a lifelong human rights activist. Ruga has created traveling and online documentary exhibits on an immigrant community in Holyoke, Mass.; on the struggle for a multicultural future in Bosnia; and the war and aftermath in Kosovo. He is the owner and creative director of Visual Communications, a graphic design firm located in Lowell, Mass., and is also the founder and president of the Center for Balkan Development, a non-profit organization created in 1993 to help stop the genocide in Bosnia and create a just and sustainable future in the former Yugoslavia.
Jack Saul is Assistant Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and director of the International Trauma Studies Program. As a psychologist, he has created a number of psychosocial programs for populations that have endured war, torture and political violence in New York City and is known for his innovative work integrating testimony, healing, media and the performing arts. He has worked internationally with reporters and photographers on the coverage of survivors of severe human rights violations with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and the Center for War, Peace and the 24 News Media at New York University.
Bruce Shapiro, a veteran reporter on human rights, criminal justice, violence and related issues, is the executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. He is a contributing editor at The Nation and U.S. correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Late Night Live.” For the past decade, he has taught investigative journalism at Yale University and is editor of “Shaking the Foundations: 200 Years of Investigative Journalism in America,” a collection of the country’s best investigative reporting. He also is co-author of “Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America’s Future,” with Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
Jonathan Shay has been a staff psychiatrist at the Department of Veteran Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Boston, Mass., since 1987. He advocates for structural reform in the ways the U.S. armed forces are organized, trained and counseled and specializes in treating the wounds of war. Shay is author of two books, “Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character” and “Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming.” He won a 2007 MacArthur Foundation genius grant for his work in using literary references from Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey” to treat trauma endured by Vietnam veterans. Shay is recipient of the 2009 General of the Army Omar N. Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership and will teach at both the U.S. Army War College and Dickinson College beginning in March.
Andrea Simakis is an award-winning staff writer for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. She was the paper’s first social services reporter, writing investigative stories about the shortcomings of the foster care and child welfare systems and the questionable practices of private child-support collection agencies across the country. In 2002, she moved to the Sunday Magazine, where she specialized in long-form narrative journalism and in 2006, she joined the Arts & Life staff as a feature writer. Several of her reports have led to official investigations. She is a 2009 Nieman Fellow.
Patricia Smith is an award-winning poet whose fifth book of poetry, “Blood Dazzler,” chronicles the human, physical and emotional toll exacted by Hurricane Katrina. Smith’s poems have appeared in a wide variety of publications, journals and anthologies and she has read her work at venues round the world. She is a four-time national individual champion of Poetry Slam. She also authored “Africans in America,” a companion volume to the groundbreaking four-part PBS history series. An instructor of poetry, performance and creative writing, Smith is a Cave Canem faculty member, as well as a former Bruce McEver Chair in Writing at Georgia Tech University. In 2006, she was inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent.
Brian Storm is president of MediaStorm, a multimedia production studio based in New York City. MediaStorm’s principal aim is to usher in the next generation of multimedia storytelling by publishing social documentary projects incorporating photojournalism, interactivity, animation, audio and video for distribution across multiple media. Prior to launching MediaStorm in 2005, Storm spent two years as vice president of News, Multimedia and Assignment Services for Corbis, a digital media agency. From 1995 to 2002 he was director of multimedia at MSNBC.com.
Ruth Teichroeb is an investigative reporter at The Seattle Post-Intelligencer where she has worked since 1997. Her stories have uncovered sexual abuse in residential schools for deaf children, identified flawed forensic testing in the state’s crime lab and documented the mistreatment of troubled developmentally disabled adults in the care of private companies. Her investigations have won many national and regional awards. She was awarded a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford in 2007-08. Teichroeb previously was a reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press and is author of the 1997 book “Flowers on My Grave: How an Ojibway Boy’s Death Helped Break the Silence on Child Abuse.” She is also a board member of The Dart Society and was a 2002 Dart Center Ochberg Fellow.
Tommy Tomlinson has written a local column for The Charlotte Observer since 1997. He was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, and in 2004, he won the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ award for profile writing. He was also named the best local columnist in America by The Week magazine. He has taught at The Poynter Institute and the University of Georgia. He is a 2009 Nieman Fellow.
Ellen Tuttle is the communications officer for the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. She previously managed communication projects and media relations for The Christian Science Monitor, working with reporters around the world, including those in war zones. She also was a newscaster for “Monitor Radio” and produced news and public affairs programs for Monitor Television and other outlets.
Chris Vognar is the 2009 Arts and Culture Fellow at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. He is movie critic at The Dallas Morning News, where he also writes about books and pop music. He has taught film history at the University of Texas at Arlington and will teach journalism at Harvard Extension School this summer.
Mike Walter anchored the Emmy Award-winning morning news at WUSA in Washington, D.C., from 2003 to 2009. He is a four-time Emmy Award winner and was a 2005 Dart Center Ochberg Fellow. He is currently on the board of The Dart Society. After completing the documentary, “Breaking News, Breaking Down,” he decided to launch his own production company. Walter previously worked as a senior correspondent at USA Today and has been an anchor and reporter in Tampa, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Columbus, Ohio. He additionally has been an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland. He is a key contributor to two books on 9/11, “Covering Catastrophe” and “Broadcasting through Crisis.”