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Subject: Investigative journalists
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: webuserid-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 13 Jun 2006 15:48 PDT
Expires: 13 Jul 2006 15:48 PDT
Question ID: 737915
I need the names of five good investigative journalists based in
California, and some samples of their work. Any industry.
Subject: Re: Investigative journalists
Answered By: czh-ga on 13 Jun 2006 17:46 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello webuserid-ga,

Below I?ve listed five award-winning investigative journalists based
in California. I?m also including descriptions of their work and links
to some online samples. I trust that these will meet your needs.
Please don?t hesitate to ask for clarification if you need anything

All the best.

~ czh ~

Lowell Bergman named distinguished professor 
By Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations | 18 May 2006

BERKELEY ? Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Lowell
Bergman has been named the Reva and David Logan Distinguished
Professor at the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School
of Journalism, Dean Orville Schell announced today (Thursday, May 18).

Bergman, a veteran reporter and producer, began teaching seminars on
investigative reporting at UC Berkeley in 1991 while working as a
staff producer for the CBS News magazine "60 Minutes." While at "60
Minutes," Bergman produced more than 50 stories on subjects including
organized crime and international arms dealing, drug trafficking, and
abuse and torture at California's Pelican Bay State Prison. The story
of his investigation of the tobacco industry for "60 Minutes" was
adapted into the Academy Award-nominated feature film "The Insider."

Bergman will continue teaching his weekly seminar at the journalism
school, and work as a correspondent for The New York Times and as a
producer/correspondent for the PBS documentary series "Frontline,"
integrating graduate students into the research and reporting.

Lowell Bergman (born July 24, 1945) was a television producer for the
CBS news magazine 60 Minutes and is best known for investigating the
tobacco industry, and specifically utilizing scientist Jeffrey Wigand
of Brown & Williamson as a source. He was portrayed in the movie The
Insider by Al Pacino. Bergman is currently (2004) a producer for the
PBS public affairs television program Frontline. In his earlier days,
he was a contributor to Ramparts, a liberal magazine.

Not just blowing smoke 
"60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman reveals the real story behind "The Insider."

Nov. 5, 1999 | Lowell Bergman has been one of journalism's better-kept
secrets over the past 25 years as he's labored in the shadows to
produce work for much more famous figures such as Mike Wallace and Ed
Bradley on CBS's "60 Minutes." But within the business, he is known to
be among the best of his breed -- an investigative reporter, producer
and researcher.

Chronicle reporters honored for sports steroids coverage 
Polk Award among journalism's highest
Tuesday, February 22, 2005

San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams
were honored today with a 2004 George Polk Award for their
investigation into the use of banned steroids in major sports.

Game of Shadows
Mark Fainaru-Wada - Author
Lance Williams ? Author

The complete inside story of the shocking steroids scandal that made
headlines across the country?told by the award-winning reporters who
broke the story and featuring major new revelations about high-profile

Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada are reporters for the San
Francisco Chronicle who co-authored the book Game of Shadows, which
chronicled baseball slugger Barry Bonds's steroid use. The book
described how Bonds, jealous of media favorite Mark McGwire
(especially during his supposedly steroid-fueled seventy home runs in
1998), hired a shady personal trainer (Greg Anderson) and began taking
performance enhancing drugs. It also served as an insight into Bonds's
personal life, including his quarrels with girlfriend Kimberly Bell.
For their investigative work in the field of steroids, Williams and
Fainaru-Wada were given the 2004 George Polk Award.

Vince Gonzales

(CBS) Vince Gonzales joined CBS News as a correspondent in the Los
Angeles bureau in May 1998.

As a participant in CBS News' Minority Training Program, he previously
had served as a reporter at KCNC-TV, the CBS- owned station in Denver
(1996-98); KPHO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix (1995-96); and
KDFW-TV, the CBS affiliate in Dallas (1994-95).

Gonzales' work has included many investigative reports broadcast on
the CBS Evening News. He helped unearth the fact that a known soldier
was buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National
Cemetary by the U.S. military. Because of the report, the soldier's
identification was confirmed and his family was able to give him a
proper burial. Gonzales also initiated an investigation of the
nation's second largest blood bank, which was eventually brought under
federal control after evidence was discovered showing the bank was
releasing HIV-tainted blood into the U.S. blood supply. His stories on
police departments across the country selling used weapons to local
gun dealers resulted in a near-total halt of the sales and spurred
changes in policies and laws in several cities and states. Gonzales
has also produced important investigative reports on problems with
American smart bombs used in Afghanistan, California's power crisis
and the Catholic Church's cover-up of abusive priests.

Broadcast Journalist of the Year ? Vince Gonzales ? Correspondent ?
CBS News ? Los Angeles, California

Vince Gonzales? portfolio of work is one of the most impressive in the
broadcast industry. In 2004, his exposť of the Enron electricity
scandal demonstrated his skill as an investigative journalist.
Gonzales uncovered proof that Enron employees were stealing money from
consumers during the West Coast energy crisis. His journalistic work
led to one of the biggest business stories in US history and the
eventual fall of Enron.

Enron Traders Caught On Tape
LOS ANGELES, June 1, 2004

(CBS) When a forest fire shut down a major transmission line into
California, cutting power supplies and raising prices, Enron energy
traders celebrated, CBS News Correspondent Vince Gonzales reports.

"Burn, baby, burn. That's a beautiful thing," a trader sang about the
massive fire.

Four years after California's disastrous experiment with energy
deregulation, Enron energy traders can be heard ? on audiotapes
obtained by CBS News ? gloating and praising each other as they helped
bring on, and cash-in on, the Western power crisis.

Ana Arana
Faculty, Bard Center for Environmental Policy

B.A., San Francisco State University; M.S., Columbia Graduate School
of Journalism. Investigative journalist, media trainer, and
consultant. Specializes in international criminal organizations,
corruption, and drug trade in Latin America; consults for the
Inter-American Press Association on investigating the murder of
journalists in Latin America. Articles have appeared in Marie Claire,
Foreign Affairs, Business Week, Village Voice, New York Daily News, Former foreign correspondent for CBS News, Miami Herald,
U.S. News and World Report, Baltimore Sun, San Jose Mercury News, and
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

How the Street Gangs Took Central America
Ana Arana
From Foreign Affairs, May/June 2005

Summary:  For a decade, the United States has exported its gang
problem, sending Central American-born criminals back to their
homelands -- without warning local governments. The result has been an
explosive rise of vicious, transnational gangs that now threaten the
stability of the region's fragile democracies. As Washington fiddles,
the gangs are growing, spreading north into Mexico and back to the
United States.

The New Battle for Central America 
Ana Arana
From Foreign Affairs, November/December 2001

Summary:  In the years since its civil wars ended, this blood-soaked
region has been forgotten by the international community. Now Central
America risks sliding into a new kind of anarchy, thanks to the legacy
of flawed peace treaties, international inattention, rampant
corruption, and the narcoterror creeping northward from Colombia.

Globalized grievance
Indigenous Ecuadorans want Texaco to answer for alleged environmental
recklessness in the Amazon -- and 30,000 of them are fighting the oil
giant in U.S. District Court.

By Ana Arana and Garry M. Leech
Sept. 7, 2000 | Over the past seven years a precedent-setting legal
case over multinational corporate responsibility has been winding its
way through the U.S. legal system. A group of indigenous communities
in Ecuador is suing Texaco for $1.5 billion in an environmental
lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in New York.

Pete Carey, United States, is an investigative reporter for the San
Jose Mercury News. His 1985 investigation into Philippine President
Ferdinand Marcos' massive hidden wealth in overseas accounts prompted
outrage in the United States and in the Philippines. These findings
contributed to international pressure on Marcos to call elections in
early 1986, which ultimately lead to the dictator's downfall. The
reports gained Carey and his co-writers the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for
international reporting. Carey won an Overseas Press Club award for
his 1992 reporting on corrupt practices and the negative environmental
impacts of Japanese foreign aid programs in Southeast Asia. He has
also investigated Silicon Valley affairs and local issues.


Major Awards:

Pulitzer Prize
1986 -- International Reporting, Pete Carey, Lew Simons and Katherine
Ellison, for stories on how Ferdinand Marcos and officials were
secretly moving money out of the Philippines

Associated Press News Executives Council's contest
2005 -- In sports writing, Elliott Almond, Mark Emmons and Pete Carey
took first for "How Balco Built the World's Fastest Man."

Best of the West
2005 -- Elliott Almond, Mark Emmons and Pete Carey earned second place
in sports reporting for "How Balco Built the World's Fastest Man"

Peninsula Press Club
2005 -- First-place for Sports story, "How Balco built the world?s
fastest man," Elliott Almond, Mark Emmons, and Pete Carey

Lewis M. Simons, Pete Carey and Katherine Ellison of San Jose (CA) Mercury News

For their June 1985 series that documented massive transfers of wealth
abroad by President Marcos and his associates and had a direct impact
on subsequent political developments in the Philippines and the United

Results for ""pete carey""

The Center for Public Integrity
Investigative Journalism in the Public Interest
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
ICIJ Members


investigative journalist based in california california

Request for Answer Clarification by webuserid-ga on 14 Jun 2006 04:54 PDT
That's great and I consider the answer complete. For a tip of $50,
would you find their email addresses?

Clarification of Answer by czh-ga on 14 Jun 2006 13:23 PDT
Hello again webuserid-ga,

I?m surprised at how hard it was to find the contact information for
some of these reporters. I was able to get the direct e-mail addresses
for the reporters currently working for newspapers: Mark Fainaru-Wada,
Lance Williams and Pete Carey. I was only able to find a phone number
for Ana Arana. For Lowell Bergman and Vince Gonzales I?m providing you
phone and e-mail addresses for organizational contacts who should be
able to provide you with the direct contacts you need.

Wishing you well.

~ czh ~

Current Teaching Fellows:
Lowell Bergman
Bergman was one of the founding members of the Center for
Investigative Reporting and spent 16 years as a producer with CBS's 60
Minutes, where he was honored with several Emmys and a Peabody Award.
More recently he has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times
and served as both producer and correspondent for numerous PBS
Frontline documentaries. The story of his investigation of the tobacco
industry for 60 Minutes was chronicled in the feature film "The
Insider." He graduated from the University of Wisconsin and did
graduate work at UC San Diego. He is an adjunct professor and teaches
investigative reporting.
General Questions
Call the main office: 
Orville Schell
Phone: (510) 642-5492


Fainaru-Wada, Mark
Sports Reporter, Enterprise

Williams, Lance
Metro, I-Team Reporter

More Contact Information

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Call the news assignment desk at: (323) 460-3316 Fax your stories to:
(323) 460-3733 Attn: Assignment Desk

Mail your information to us at the following address: 

CBS 2 News
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For any other questions, please call our Lobby, (323) 460-3000, and
ask to be directed to the appropriate department.
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Executive Director
Ivan Roman
Vince Gonzales, CBS News (Los Angeles)

Ana Arana
Faculty, Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Phone: 845-758-7073

Carey, Pete
Investigative and explanatory journalism reporter
Send email:
(408) 920-5419

Request for Answer Clarification by webuserid-ga on 15 Jun 2006 02:25 PDT
That's great. For a further $25, would you be able to give me really
good 5 movies (or documentaries or mockumentaries) about investigative
journalism, that show the techniques used i.e. I am interested in the

Clarification of Answer by czh-ga on 15 Jun 2006 07:09 PDT
Hello webuserid-ga,

I'm glad what I've found so far has been helpful. Since your new
question is far from the original question I suggest that you post a
new question. I'm not that good with movies but I know that several
researchers are true experts in that field.

All the best.

~ czh ~
webuserid-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $50.00

Subject: Re: Investigative journalists
From: czh-ga on 16 Jun 2006 09:09 PDT
Hello webuserid-ga,

Thank you for the five stars and generous tip. I see that boquinha-ga
gave you a terrific answer on your movies question.

Best wishes for your project.

~ czh ~

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