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WGBH Conversation Series: Investigative Journalism

This event is presented by WGBH news, in partnership with the New England Center for Investigative Reporting
Thursday, June 19, 7-9pm, WGBH Studios
(7pm presentation, 8pm dessert reception)

In the early 1970s, journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of The Washington Post changed American history by uncovering the Watergate scandal. In today’s rapidly changing media landscape, what role does investigative journalism play?

Join the conversation as a distinguished panel of award-winning journalists discuss the importance of investigative journalism for our democracy, the lessons learned from Watergate, the role journalists played in exposing the sex abuse scandal in the local Catholic Church, and more.

The panel includes:

Raney Aronson-Rath, deputy executive producer of Frontline, PBS's flagship public affairs documentary series

Joe Bergantino, executive director and managing editor for the New England Center for Investigative Reporting

Thomas Farragher, author and editor of the Spotlight Team for The Boston Globe

Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter for WGBH News

This in-depth conversation will be moderated by WGBH News’s Edgar B. Herwick III.



Panel biographies:

As deputy executive producer for WGBH's Frontline, Raney Aronson-Rath guides the editorial development and execution of the series, from primetime television broadcasts to multiplatform initiatives. With Executive Producer David Fanning, she oversees all phases of production and runs the daily editorial management of the series, as well as Frontline's monthly magazine program. Instrumental in spearheading the magazine launch, Aronson-Rath works to re-imagine long-form documentary while maintaining the excellence in journalism and production for which Frontline is known.

Since joining Frontline in 2007, Aronson-Rath has expanded the series' reach and reporting capabilities. Under her leadership, Frontline has significantly grown its broadcast and digital audiences. Aronson-Rath also has developed and managed more than 20 in-depth, cross-platform journalism partnerships with some of the nation’s premiere news outlets, including ProPublica, American Public Media's Marketplace, PBS NewsHour, CBC Television and Univision.

Joe Bergantino is the executive director and managing editor for the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. Bergantino has been a national and local investigative reporter for almost 30 years. He spent most of his career as the I-Team Reporter for WBZ-TV in Boston. He also did investigative reporting for WPLG-TV, the Washington Post-owned TV station in Miami, and spent five years as a correspondent for ABC News—where he reported for World News Tonight, Nightline and Good Morning America. Bergantino has won many of the broadcast industry’s most prestigious awards including a duPont-Columbia Award and Citation, a Robert F. Kennedy Award for reporting on the disadvantaged, and a Gabriel Award. He has won several local Emmys, including one designating him Best Investigative Reporter in New England. He was twice nominated for national Emmys for his work in 2002 and 2004. His stories have had a major impact on the lives of New Englanders and the results of his investigations have been felt worldwide.

Bergantino has taught news writing at Boston College for the past 13 years and is a clinical professor of journalism at Boston University.

Thomas Farragher, a journalist for 37 years, is the editor of the Boston Globe Spotlight Team, the newspaper’s award-winning investigative unit. He shared the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for public service for coverage of the clergy sexual abuse crisis. He joined the Globe in 1997 as a member of its metro staff. He briefly worked as a Spotlight Team member before spending six years producing special projects for the newspaper. He is now beginning his eighth year as the Spotlight Team’s leader. In 1997, Farragher was co-winner of the National Press Club's top award for journalists who display excellence and versatility in covering Washington from a regional perspective. And in 1999, he won the National Headliner Award for spot news coverage of a mass murder at Connecticut's lottery headquarters. He is the co-author of Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church, based on the Globe's reporting about clergy sexual abuse.

Phillip Martin is the senior investigative reporter for WGBH News on 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio. Since joining WGBH in the spring of 2010, Martin has reported on human trafficking in southern New England, carbon offset schemes, police training and race, the Occupy movement and the fishing industry in New England, among other topics. On WGBH-TV, he is a regular panelist for Basic Black and an occasional panelist for Beat the Press, and he hosted the World Compass 2012 presidential primary coverage. He is a Senior Fellow with the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and a 2012 International Center for Journalists Ford Foundation Fellow.

Moderator Edgar B. Herwick III runs WGBH's Curiosity Desk, where he aims to dig a little deeper into topics in the news and looks for answers to questions posed by the world around us. His radio features can be heard on WGBH's Morning Edition and All Things Considered on 89.7, and he also can be heard regularly with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio. His television features can be seen on Greater Boston on WGBH 2. Each Friday, he takes 89.7 listeners back in time with his feature "This Week in Massachusetts History."