David Bornstein, Co-founder, is a journalist and author who focuses on social innovation. He co-authors the “Fixes” column in The New York Times “Opinionator” section, a touchstone for the emerging practice of solutions journalism. He is the founder of Dowser.org, a media site for young journalists interested in reporting on social innovation. His books include How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank, and Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know. His new book (almost done!) will highlight key patterns in social innovation today, illustrated with lots of examples.
Courtney E. Martin, Co-founder, is an author, blogger, and speaker. Her most recent book, Project Rebirth: Survival and the Strength of the Human Spirit from 9/11 Survivors, was published last fall. Among other books, she is also the author of Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, and Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women. She is Editor Emeritus at Feministing.com. Her work appears frequently in The Christian Science Monitor, GOOD, and The Nation, among other national publications. Courtney has appeared on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and The O’Reilly Factor, and is the recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics. She is the leader of The Op-Ed Project’s Public Voices Fellowship Program at Yale University. In 2009, she was a resident of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center and in 2010 spoke at the inaugural TEDWomen conference.
Tina Rosenberg, Co-founder, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. She co-authors the “Fixes” column in the New York Times “Opinionator” section. She is a former editorial writer for the New York Times and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. Her books include Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America and The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism,which won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. She has written for dozens of magazines, including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Foreign Policy and The Atlantic. She is the author, most recently, of Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World.
Keith Hammonds, Chief Operating Officer, comes to the Solutions Journalism Network from Ashoka, where he started and led the News & Knowledge Initiative, advancing the work of hundreds of social entrepreneurs in media around the world. He also has been executive editor at Fast Company magazine; a bureau chief and editor for BusinessWeek in Boston and New York; a writer for The New York Times in London and Johannesburg; a consultant to New Nation in Johannesburg; director of an emergency food distribution program in Namibia; and (currently) coach of the Firebolts, a fearsome girls soccer team.
Julia Power Burns, Chief Financial Officer, comes to the Solutions Journalism Network from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts where, as Business Director of LCI, she advised on a wide range of operational, strategy and financial initiatives for its education arm. Previously, she was Director, Global Strategy at Wolters Kluwer, leading projects on corporate innovation and the impact of new technology; prior to that she was Group Finance Director, Domestic Print Publishing and Global Electronic Publishing at Dow Jones where she managed the operational finance function for The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and Dow Jones Newswires. Julia began her career as a music agent working for IMG Artists.
Sarika Bansal, Director of Partnerships, is a journalist who specializes in social innovation and global health. Her writing and photographs have appeared in the New York Times “Fixes” column, Forbes, The Guardian, FastCompany, and several other publications. Sarika has previously worked in management consulting with McKinsey & Company and in microfinance business development in India. She holds an undergraduate degree in Disease and Public Policy from Harvard College and a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community.
Keri Stokes, Administrative Director, has worked as an office administrator for non-profit and educational institutions for the last 5 years. She has a background in the performing arts in dance, performing on various stages such as Broadway, Madison Square Garden and feature films. Her career in the entertainment industry brought her to various countries around the world, and she was inspired to go back to Hunter College to get her bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies and English Language Arts. That path has led her to evolve and change her career to align with organizations dedicated to bringing education and social change to their respective communities.
Jake Bernstein, ProPublica
Jake Bernstein is a business and financial reporter for ProPublica. In April 2011, Bernstein and colleague Jesse Eisinger were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a series of stories on questionable Wall Street practices that helped make the financial crisis the worst since the Great Depression. Prior to joining ProPublica, Bernstein worked at The Texas Observer, an investigative biweekly, for six years, and as its executive editor from 2004 to 2008. His work has received numerous state-level and national journalism awards, and The Texas Observer, under his leadership, was named Best Political Magazine of 2005 by Utne Reader. Bernstein is co-author of Vice: Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency (2006).
Peter Catapano, New York Times
Peter Catapano has been an editor in the Opinion section of The New York Times since 2005, where he has developed and edited more than a dozen online series for The Times, including the philosophy series The Stone; Home Fires, which features writing by U.S. military veterans; and Anxiety, a multidimensional exploration of panic, worry and fear. Since 2010, Peter has been the editor of Fixes, a weekly column on social innovation and change written by David Bornstein and Tina Rosenberg.
Helen Coster, Forbes
Helen Coster writes about global and social entrepreneurship, innovation and technology for Forbes, Fortune and other publications. She has profiled entrepreneurs in Pakistan, India and many other countries, and created Forbes’ inaugural list of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. In 2010 she won an International Reporting Project Fellowship and traveled to Bolivia to report on foreign policy, child labor and public health. She graduated from Princeton University with a BA in English.
Fred de Sam Lazaro, Under-Told Stories Project
Fred de Sam Lazaro is director of the Under-Told Stories Project, a program that combines international journalism and teaching, and a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He has served as a correspondent for PBS’ NewsHour since 1985 and is a regular contributor and substitute anchor for PBS’ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. He also has directed films from India and the Democratic Republic of Congo for the acclaimed documentary series, Wide Angle. Fred has reported from 55 countries: from Haiti to sub-Saharan Africa to south Asia, he has focused on stories and issues that are under-reported in the mainstream U.S. media, including HIV/AIDS, global health and poverty and development. His approach has long emphasized solutions-oriented reporting, frequently through stories of social entrepreneurs. Fred is the recipient of two honorary doctorates, numerous journalism awards and media fellowships from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Michigan. He is a trustee at the College of St Scholastica, in Duluth, MN, his alma mater and he also serves on the board of Minnpost, an online non-profit Minnesota based news service. Fred was born in Bangalore, India and lives in St. Paul.
Paul Edwards, Deseret News
Paul Edwards is the editor of the Deseret News. Prior to joining the Deseret News, Edwards served as executive vice president and provost at Southern Virginia University, as the president of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and as vice president for academic affairs at the Institue for Humane Studies. Edwards holds a doctorate in jurisprudence and social policy and law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated with university honors from Brigham Young University. Edwards and his wife Margo are the parents of four children and reside in Highland.
Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica
Stephen Engelberg is managing editor of ProPublica. Previously, he was managing editor of The Oregonian in Portland and worked for The New York Times for 18 years, including stints in Washington, D.C., Warsaw, Poland, and New York. He is a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board and of the Board of Directors of the American Society of News Editors. Mr. Engelberg has shared in two George Polk Awards for reporting on nuclear proliferation and U.S. immigration. He launched the New York Times’s investigative unit in 2000, where two of the projects he supervised were awarded the Pulitzer Prize. During his years at The Oregonian, the paper won the Pulitzer for breaking news and was a finalist for its investigative work on methamphetamines and charities intended to help the disabled. He is the co-author of “Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War” (2001).
Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle
Kevin Fagan has worked for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1992, where he has led coverage of breaking news stories ranging from the Columbine High massacre to Ground Zero on 9/11. His news projects have included investigations into Indian casino gambling, youth violence issues, abortion rights conflicts, and stories of the inside lives of Nevada prostitutes. Since 2003, he has been the only reporter nationwide covering homelessness as a beat, chronicling the lives of the most chronic cases on the street and examining programs being run to help them in San Francisco and around the country. Fagan has won more than 65 regional and national awards for his work, including the 2005 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism; the 2005 Heywood Broun Award of Substantial Distinction; and the 2004 National Excellence in Urban Journalism Award from the Enterprise Foundation and the Freedom Forum for “Shame of the City,” a five-part series on homelessness in San Francisco.
James Fallows, The Atlantic
James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic, where he has worked for nearly 30 years, living in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He is now the chair in U.S. media at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in Australia. Mr. Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His latest book, China Airborne, was published in May 2012.
Jesse Hardman, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Jesse Hardman is a reporter, journalism professor, and international media development specialist. His work is featured on NPR, TIME.com, and a number of other national and international media outlets. Hardman has trained reporters in Pakistan, Bosnia, Sri Lanka, Peru, South Africa, and more. He currently teaches at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Ellen Goodman, columnist
Ellen Goodman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning commentary appears in more than 300 newspapers. Since 1976, she has written about social change and its impact on American life. She was one of the first women to open up the oped pages to women’s voices and is today, according to Media Watch, the most widely syndicated progessive columnist in the country.
Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times
Nicholas D. Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times since 2001, writes op-ed columns that appear twice a week. In 1990 Mr. Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, then also a Times journalist, won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement. They were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer for journalism. Mr. Kristof won a second Pulitzer in 2006, for commentary for what the judges called “his graphic, deeply reported columns that, at personal risk, focused attention on genocide in Darfur and that gave voice to the voiceless in other parts of the world.” Mr. Kristof and Ms. WuDunn are authors of “China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power” and “Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia” and “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.” A documentary about him, “Reporter,” aired on HBO in 2010. A January 1997 article that Mr. Kristof wrote about child deaths in the developing world helped lead Bill and Melinda Gates to focus their charitable work on global health, and the article is framed in the gallery of the Gates Foundation.
Indira Lakshmanan, Bloomberg News
Indira Lakshmanan is a senior correspondent for Bloomberg News, covering U.S. foreign policy from Washington. She joined Bloomberg in 2007 as a senior political correspondent, writing features during the 2008 presidential campaign, and traveling with the campaigns of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Mitt Romney. More recently, she has traveled extensively with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She wrote a Page Two foreign affairs column for Bloomberg and the International Herald Tribune, the overseas edition of the New York Times. Ms. Lakshmanan has reported from more than 50 countries in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe — covering the fall of the Taliban and the Afghan War, the collapse of the Suharto regime in Indonesia, the death of Deng Xiaoping and economic and social change in China, the East Timor revolution, and the end of the Bosnia war. She worked as The Boston Globe’s Asia Bureau Chief in Hong Kong and Shanghai, its Latin America Bureau Chief in Bogota, Colombia and as a Bosnia War correspondent.
Peter Maass, author and journalist
Peter Maass is the author of Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War, which chronicled his experiences covering the war in Bosnia, and Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil, about the ways oil shapes the world. Maass has written in-depth stories about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and other publications. He has taught at Princeton University, was a Visiting Regents Lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, and a fellow at both the American Academy in Berlin and the Shorenstein Center at Harvard. He received a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship for a book that will examine the ways in which digital technologies and new media have amplified the impact of videos and photos of political struggle. The project includes an investigation of the problems posed by corporate control and government surveillance of the digital platforms ordinary citizens use to disseminate news about world events.
Michael Massing, author and journalist
Michael Massing, a New York writer, is the author of “Now They Tell Us” (2004), a collection of articles published in The New York Review of Books about the press coverage of the war in Iraq. He is also the author of “The Fix,” a critical study of the U.S. war on drugs. In addition to The New York Review of Books, he has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Nation, and The American Prospect. He is a former executive editor of the Columbia Journalism Review and remains a contributing editor at that publication. He is a co-founder of the Committee To Protect Journalists and currently sits on its board. In 1992 he was named a MacArthur Fellow. In 2010, he was named a fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is currently at work on a book about the Protestant Reformation.
Catherine Orenstein, The OpEd Project
Catherine Orenstein, founder and director of The OpEd Project, is an author and journalist whose commentaries on women, politics, popular culture, mythology and human rights have been nationally syndicated and anthologized. She is the author of Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality & the Evolution of a Fairy Tale, which explores stories told about women over 500 years across multiple continents, and how they shape our lives today. Orenstein has reported extensively on Haiti, organized fact-finding delegations for journalists, scholars and lawmakers; and consulted with the United Nations human rights mission. She worked with international human rights lawyers to assist victims of military and paramilitary violence in seeking justice, investigating tortures, rapes, political assassinations and massacres; interviewing victims, witnesses and alleged criminals; and coordinating lawyers’ and victims’ efforts to build cases against their persecutors. She is the recipient of a Peabody-Gardner Fellowship, Tinker Grant and a Cordier Essay Prize (from Columbia University), and was a finalist for the 2004 Prize for Promise. She is a fellow with The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, and the Echoing Green Foundation.
Dr. John J. Pauly, Marquette University
Dr. John J. Pauly is provost of Marquette University, where, under his leadership the university has increased diversity in the freshman class by 40%, established a Gender and Sexuality Resource Center and improved practices for assessing learning outcomes and tracking student academic performance. Dr. Pauly’s advocacy for initiatives in social entrepreneurship and wellness have led to Marquette’s being named an Ashoka Changemaker Campus and receiving a Gold Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America. Dr. Pauly was the dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication from 2006 to 2008 and chair of the communication department at Saint Louis University for nine years. He received a bachelor of science in journalism with honors in 1972, a master of science in journalism in 1974, and a Ph.D. in communication in 1979, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on the history and sociology of the mass media. He has published more than 80 scholarly journal articles, book chapters, reviews and essays. Among his honors are a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers, a research fellowship at the Center for Twentieth Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and two awards for teaching excellence for the Student Government Association at Saint Louis University.
Chris Satullo, WHYY
Chris Satullo is Executive Director of News and Civic Dialogue at WHYY. He joined the public media service last December after nearly 20 years at The Philadelphia Inquirer. At the Inquirer, he served as editorial page editor and a columnist, among various positions. He founded the paper’s Citizen Voices program of civic dialogues on public issues, and in 2006 co-founded the Penn Project for Civic Engagement. He has won more than 50 awards for columns, editorials, reporting and civic engagement. Before coming to the Inquirer, he worked at the Express newspaper in Easton, Pa., where he was assistant managing editor and wrote a syndicated column. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a graduate of Williams College, he lives in Montgomery County, Pa.
Mark Schoofs, ProPublica
Mark Schoofs is a senior editor at ProPublica. Before coming to ProPublica in 2011, he had worked for more than 11 years at The Wall Street Journal, where he was a foreign correspondent and an investigative reporter for Page One. Schoofs played a key role in investigations ranging from abuse and fraud in Medicare to the international methamphetamine trade. He contributed to the Journal’s coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks, which won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. Prior to the Journal, Schoofs was a staff writer at The Village Voice, where he won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his eight-part series on AIDS in Africa. He has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Esquire, Out, and many other publications. He teaches journalism at Yale University and holds two U.S. patents.
Mitchell Stephens, New York University’s Carter Institute
Mitchell Stephens is a professor of journalism at New York University’s Carter Institute. He is the author or co-author of five books on journalism and media, including A History of News, which was a New York Times ”notable book of the year” and has been translated into five languages, and the rise of the image the fall of the word. He is currently completing a book calling for new directions for journalism and journalism education for Oxford University Press and a book on the future of journalism for Columbia University Press.
Peg Tyre, author and journalist
Peg Tyre has covered education and social trends for over a decade. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Trouble With Boys, and The Good School. She is a recipient of the Spencer Fellowship at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, the New York Times, Salon, Time magazine and Newsweek. She also serves as director of strategy at the Edwin Gould Foundation which incubates and funds organizations that get motivated, low income students to and through college. She began her career at New York Newsday, where she covered crime, organized crime and domestic terrorism. She spent three years as an on-air reporter for CNN.