Mohamad Bazzi is an associate professor of journalism at New York University, where he teaches international reporting. From 2009 to 2013, he served as an adjunct senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), providing regional expertise and analysis. He was also the 2008 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at CFR.
Before joining the NYU faculty, Bazzi was the Middle East bureau chief at Newsday from 2003 to 2007. He established Newsday bureaus in Baghdad and Beirut, and he was the lead writer on the Iraq war and its aftermath. He has written extensively about regional politics, Sunni-Shiite conflicts, and militant Islam. He also covered the 2000 Palestinian uprising, the war in Afghanistan, and the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel. In nearly 10 yearson staff at Newsday, he served as the United Nations bureau chief and as ametro reporter in New York City.
His essays and commentaries on the Middle East have appeared in The New York Times, London Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, The Nation, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Salon, and other publications. He has won numerous journalism awards, including the 2008 Arthur Ross Award for distinguished reporting and analysis on foreign affairs, presented by the American Academy of Diplomacy; the 2008 American Academy of Religion Award for in-depth reporting on religion; the 2005 Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize from the United Nations Correspondents Association; and the 2004 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.
Barbara Borst worked for The Associated Press where she was an editor on the international desk, frequently reported from the United Nations and wrote on U.S. and international issues. As a special project for The AP, she planned, wrote and edited coverage of the 2006 U.S. elections for subscribers worldwide. Previously, she had been a free-lance UN correspondent for The Boston Globe. While based abroad for a dozen years, in Nairobi, Johannesburg, Paris and Toronto, she was a Paris correspondent for Inter Press Service news agency and reported frequently for Newsday, The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Times, The Independent, The Times (London), The Associated Press and others. Before working abroad, she was a staff writer for The Denver Post, a writer and editor for The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss., and managing editor of Yacht Racing magazine.
She has taught at the NYU Center for Global Affairs since 2000, offering courses on the news media and global affairs, transitions to democracy, humanitarian aid and intervention, and non-governmental organizations. She received an NYU award for teaching excellence in February 2007.
She earned a B.A. in English from Yale University and a master’s in international affairs from Boston University’s overseas program in Paris.
Robert S. Boynton is the director of NYU's Literary Reportage concentration. He was graduated with honors in philosophy and religion from Haverford College, and received an MA in political science from Yale University. His book, The New New Journalism was published by Vintage Books in 2005, and he has written about culture and ideas for The New Yorker (where he has been a contributing editor) and Harper's (where he has been a senior editor). His byline has also appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, Lingua Franca, Bookforum, Columbia Journalism Review, The New Republic, The Nation, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone and many other publications. For a selection of his work, go to robertboynton.com. Information about The New New Journalism can be found at newnewjournalism.com.
Jean-Philippe Ceppi is an executive producer for the investigative program Temps Présent, a leading television magazine on the Swiss Public Television (RTS). Born in Lausanne, he holds an MA in History, Philosophy and Journalism, from Fribourg University, Switzerland and an MBA. He is currently researching for his PHD on the history of hidden camera in television journalism.
He started his career in investigative journalism in Switzerland, specializing in intelligence, military and crime stories. He was then sent to Africa (1989-1997) with postings in Harare, Nairobi and Johannesburg, covering the continent for the French daily Libération, for the Swiss radio and newspapers, and for the BBC French service. The period included the apartheid years, the genocide in Rwanda, the fall of Mobutu and the Somalia and Sudan wars. His work in Rwanda has been acclaimed at the US Memorial Holocaust Museum. He was jailed twice in Africa for his stories.
He came back in Switzerland as desk editor in the print press for Le Nouveau Quotidien and Le Temps in Geneva, before launching and heading a Sunday newspaper, Dimanche.ch.
In 2001, he joined Temps Présent one of the longest-running television magazines in the world, and specialized in television investigative reporting. He is the author of more than 20 documentaries, some of which gained international audiences, such as the “Doctor Death” case in apartheid South Africa, "Betrayed Heroes," the story of the Manhattan pollution after 9/11, "Oil and the NGO’s," about the links between the oil industry and some NGO’s, and "The Nuclear Bazaar" on nuclear trafficking.
Ceppi has also been investigating the emerging phenomena of private military companies. He shot "Warriors for Hire" in Iraq, which got several international awards. In 2008, he broke a national story revealing how a private security company mandated by the food giant Nestlé spied on NGOs. Ceppi is the founder of the Swiss Investigative Reporters Network. He was the president of the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Geneva, in 2010 and a member of the Global Network Steering Commitee.
David J. Dent is author of In Search of Black America, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2000. He is also author of the forthcoming American Extremes, to be published by St Martin's Press. He has lectured on the "invisible black majority" at universities across the country. He was a 2004 media fellow of the Open Society Institute of the Soros Foundation and his articles have appeared in several publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Book Review and Education Life sections, Psychology Today, Savoy, Inc., Fortune Small Business, Details, Best Life, The Real Deal, Playboy, Essence and The Washington Post. He is an Associate Professor of Journalism at New York University and has also taught in the Africana Studies Program. He has twice received the university's Golden Dozen Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service and has served as an advisor and workshop leader for the university's Faculty Resource Network, which has established relationships between NYU and many historically black colleges. He has also served on the board of The Calhoun School and is a graduate of Morehouse College and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Brooke Kroeger directs Global and Joint Program Studies and is the faculty liaison for Bedford + Bowery, the collaborative community news and culture site of NYU Journalism and New York Magazine. She was department chair from 2005-2011 and the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute’s inaugural director from 2008-2011.
She is a 2013 Senior Fellow of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.
She is the author of Undercover Reporting: The Truth About Deception and its companion database; Passing: When People Can't Be Who They Are (Fall 2003), Fannie: The Talent for Success of Writer Fannie Hurst (1999), and Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist (1994).
As a journalist, she worked for Newsday, serving as UN Correspondent and as a deputy metropolitan editor for New York Newsday. This followed an eight-year stint overseas in the Scripps Howard days of United Press International with postings in Chicago, Brussels, London and Tel Aviv. She was Tel Aviv bureau chief for three years before returning to London to serve as the agency's chief editor for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She started with the wire service in its Chicago bureau, and over the course of four years, wrote about everything from local and state politics to sports. Her freelanced work has appeared in various magazines as well as in the New York Times, Newsday, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. She was the principal consultant for the PBS documentary on Nellie Bly for “The American Experience: Around the World in 72 Days." Reviews of her books and a selection of her work can be viewed on her website.
Jason Maloney is an award-winning cameraman, editor and news and documentary producer specializing in foreign affairs coverage. His work has appeared on ABC, CBC, CBS, CNN, Discovery, HDNet, PBS, Nytimes.com and Time.com.
In the last year, Jason has reported for PBS NewsHour from Lebanon, Bosnia and Rwanda. His early 2010 report “Saving Haiti’s Mothers”, filmed at the time of the earthquake, aired on Now on PBS. In 2009, he produced the “Fragile States” series for NewsHour, examining the causes of instability, and possible solutions, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, East Timor, Bosnia and Haiti. He also produced an investigation on UN peacekeeping in the Congo for Now on PBS and HDNet World Report. His 2008 work included extensive reporting on the Russia-Georgia War and an Emmy-winning examination of India’s rising middle class. In 2007 Jason produced a news documentary on Nashi, Russia’s pro-Kremlin youth group. “Uganda’s Silent War”, which Jason wrote, produced, shot and edited in 2007 for PBS NewsHour and HDNet World Report, won the Robert F. Kennedy Award, a First Place National Headliner Award and earned two Emmy Nominations.
From 2005 to early 2006 Jason developed and served as editorial producer on a DuPont award-winning documentary for the New York Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Company on nuclear proliferation. In the summer of 2004, he traveled to the Darfur region of Sudan to report for the CBS News program 60 Minutes on the humanitarian crisis there. While based in Southeast Asia in 2001-2002, Jason produced, shot and edited "A Dirty War" for PBS NOW with Bill Moyers on the civil war in Aceh, Indonesia. In 1999, he produced his first independent documentary while on an International Reporting Project fellowship in Guinea-Bissau.
From 1996 to 2001 Jason worked at ABC News Primetime Live, with assignments that took him from Siberia to Yemen to the American South. "The Unwanted Children of Russia" won the DuPont, Overseas Press Club and RFK awards. "Germ Warfare: Weapons of Terror" and "Attack on the USS Cole" both won the New York Festivals Award.
Jason holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a Masters from the London School of Economics. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Jason is the co-author of Your America, published July 2008 by Palgrave MacMillan.
Jason is co-founder of the Bureau for International Reporting (BIR) – a non-profit organization dedicated to producing and providing vital international television news programming to an American audience.
Suketu Mehta is a journalist and fiction writer. His nonfiction book "Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found" won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the Lettre Ulysses Prize, the BBC4 Samuel Johnson Prize, and the Guardian First Book Award. He has won the Whiting Writers Award, the O. Henry Prize, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction. Mehta's work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Harpers Magazine, Time, and Condé Nast Traveler. Mehta is currentlly working on a nonfiction book about immigrants in contemporary New York, for which he was awarded a 2007 Guggenheim fellowship.
Stillman, a freelance journalist who was an embedded journalist in Iraq, is the the inaugural recipient of The Reporting Award. In 2008, Stillman traveled to Iraq as a foreign correspondent for TruthDig, where she embedded with the 116th Military Police Company. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Nation, the New Republic, the Dallas Morning News, and other outlets. A summa cum laude graduate of Yale University, Stillman went on to pursue her doctorate as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford. Currently, Stillman is a fellow of Yale’s Morse College, where she co-teaches a course on the Iraq war with a U.S. Army captain.
Patrick Symmes is a correspondent and travel writer for national magazines, and the author of two books on the Cuban Revolution, "Chasing Che" (2000) and “The Boys from Dolores” (2007), which made the New York Times Ten Best Books list for 2007. As a long-time Contributing Editor at Harper's, Outside, and Condé Nast Traveler, he has specialized in portraits of guerrilla armies, revolutionary movements, and closed societies, and has reported world-wide for more than 20 years on the intersection of travel with geopolitics. A former Harper's Fellow at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism, he also publishes in Newsweek, GQ, Mother Jones, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and the Telegraph in London, and has been anthologized by Best American Science Writing and Best American Travel Writing 11 times.