Kris Lindblad

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FigureAfter years of working in the two-dimensional world, Kris has turned his attention to the three-dimensional. This sculpture called “Clive” is his latest creation.

Kris Lindblad

At 16, Kris Lindblad broke his back in an accident. While lying in bed with not much else to do, he taught himself to draw, mostly from Marvel comics. Two years later he began work at his hometown paper, The Daily Times Advocate in Escondido, Calif., where he became a photographer and, eventually, the art director. In 1981 he joined The San Diego Tribune and stayed with the company for almost 25 years, working as a graphics editor, illustrator and design editor.


Kris Lindblad


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Don Fry

Don Fry

Don Fry, an independent writing coach, has taught more than 10,000 authors to write faster, clearer, and with less agony. He also helps editors edit better, and managers organize better. Don has had two careers, first as an English professor at the University of Virginia and at Stony Brook University, and then in journalism. He headed the writing and ethics faculties at the Poynter Institute, and edited the Institute’s series “Best Newspaper Writing.” Roy Peter Clark and Don, friends for 40 years, collaborated on “Coaching Writers.”

In 1994, Don became an independent writing coach, working with newspapers and technical magazines, radio and television stations, and non-profit organizations. He has spread the techniques of coaching throughout the world, especially in Singapore, Scandinavia, and South Africa. He helped create the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism in Johannesburg.

Don recently published "Writing Your Way: Creating a Writing Process That Works for You" (Cincinnati: Writers Digest, 2012). This book shows professional writers how to develop their own collection of techniques appropriate to the way they think, rather than following the methods of their teachers, which may not work for them. The second half shows how to create your own writing voice.

For fun, Don creates mechanical sculptures in wood and metal that make viewers rethink classic stories. Don writes fiction for his own amusement, mostly about World War II. His second novel concerns a newspaper that attempts to solve its management problems by hiring a hit man.

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Mark Sauer

Public Appearances

Roundtable: The Big Stories of 2015

Mark Sauer spent 27 years as a reporter and editor at The San Diego Union-Tribune after stints at The Houston Post and at two papers in his native Michigan. He joined KPBS as senior news editor in October 2010 and currently hosts the KPBS Roundtable, an influential talk show that airs on Fridays on radio and TV. Sauer’s exposure of the false accusations and prosecutions of several San Diegans for murder, rape and child abuse won many regional and local journalism awards, including the Sol Price Award for Responsible Journalism.

Published Work

The Education of Mr. J.
Published April 16, 2008 in San Diego Magazine.
The young thug’s shave skull bore a tattoo of a gargoyle holding the severed head of Jesus. He approached in slow motion, swinging his head side to side, muttering expletives. His target, Thad Jesperson, sat motionless in a corner of the jail cell reserved for snitches, gays and child molesters. The ex-teacher’s eyes were wide with terror, his ears ringing with screams from adjoining cells: “Get him! Kill him!” His nightmare—that he would not get back home safely to his family—was playing out. Read more…

Justice Delayed
Published June 11, 2010 in San Diego Magazine.
His searchlights blazing, Officer Scott Walters pulled up to the Crowe family’s house at the end of a long, T-shaped driveway. He was looking for a prowler, a Charles Manson look-alike who had peered through neighbors’ windows that night and entered one home, asking for a girl named Tracy. Two frightened neighbors had called 911. Read more…

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Walter Baranger
Vice President

Walter Baranger

Vice President

Walter Baranger, former senior editor of news operations at The New York Times, joined InquireFirst as vice president in August 2017.

Baranger has a deep understanding of the challenges facing journalists in Latin America and around the world. During his 27-year tenure at The Times, he logged more than 3 million airline miles traveling to more than 60 countries and nearly all of the U.S. states in support of the Times newsroom.

His accomplishments and awards include The New York Times Publisher’s Award for introducing satellite communications to the newsroom, and an additional Publisher’s Award for designing an online version of the Times Manual of Style and Usage.

Baranger’s departure from The Times came 46 years after he sold his first news story to the Los Angeles Times for $10. Over the decades, Baranger has worked as a reporter and editor at The San Diego Union and Evening Tribune, as a copy editor and columnist at The Press-Enterprise in Riverside and even as a reporter for high school sports at The Orange County Register.

He has covered 13 wars and conflicts, several Olympics, and countless political conventions and special events including the impeachment trial of President Clinton, 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing and Hurricane Katrina. Baranger was The New York Times Company's longtime delegate to the International Press Telecommunications Council, and was liaison between the newsroom and major news wire services.

Baranger is a 1986 graduate of California State University, Fullerton. He returned to his alma mater in August 2017, this time as a full-time journalism professor in the College of Communications.


Richard Louv

Public Appearances

Richard Louv talks with CTV Canada AM about his book “The Nature Principle.”

Richard Louv

Richard Louv is the author of eight books, including "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder" and "The Nature Principle." Translated into 13 languages and published in 17 countries, his books have helped launch an international movement to connect children and their families to nature. Richard is cofounder and chairman emeritus of the Children & Nature Network. He has written for the New York Times, the Times of London, Parents Magazine and many other publications, and has appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air, the Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News and other programs.

Among other awards, Richard Louv is the recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal; past recipients have included Rachel Carson, E.O. Wilson and Jimmy Carter. In 2010, he delivered the plenary keynote at the national conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and in 2012 was keynote speaker at the first White House Summit on Environmental Education. His ninth book, "Vitamin N," will be published in 2016. He is currently working on his tenth book, about the evolving relationship between humans and other animals. Married to Kathy Frederick Louv, he is the father of two young men, Jason and Matthew. He would rather fish than write.

Published Work

"Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder"
In this influential work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today's wired generation.

"The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age"
"We have created environments that make us sad, fat and unhealthy. Richard Louv has made an insightful diagnosis and offers powerful treatment with the medicine we all need, Vitamin N." Richard J. Jackson, MD, Chair, Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA School of Public Health

"The Web of Life: Weaving the Values that Sustain Us"
In a collection of stories, discussion, and quotations, the author of "Childhood's Future" examines the interconnections among all people; the links that make up family, community, and more; and the importance of memory and personal stories.

"Fly-Fishing for Sharks: An Angler's Journey Across America"
For three years, journalist Richard Louv listened to America by going fishing with Americans. Doing what many of us dream of, he traveled from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from trout waters east and west to bass waters north and south. "Fly-Fishing for Sharks" is the result of his journey, a portrait of America on the water, fishing rod in hand.

We Need an NRA for Nature
Published March 9, 2017 in Outdoor
It's time to build an NRA for nature, an environmental conservation force comparable to the nation's powerful gun lobby, the National Rifle Association. A force capable of striking fear into the heart of, say, any climate-change-denying politician -- Republican, Democrat or Independent. A handful of green groups aspire to that political power, and many have done a good job influencing regulatory policies, but I can’t recall the last time I read about an environmental or conservation group mounting a successful campaign to boot multiple members of Congress from office. Maybe it’s happened, but not often enough. And now the ante is upped. If political candidates aren’t afraid of environmentalism's political power, what good is environmental activism?




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Marcus Stern

Public Appearances

Boom: North America’s Explosive Oil-By-Rail Problem from Weather Films on Vimeo.

The battleground between railroads & regulators
Published May 6, 2015 CNBC
InquireFirst’s Marcus Stern talks with CNBC host Morgan Brennan about the latest oil train derailment.

Marcus Stern is a third-generation journalist who has covered a range of local, national and foreign issues for Copley News Service, ProPublica and Reuters. He shared the 2006 Pulitzer Prize and the George Polk Award for work leading to the jailing of a corrupt congressman, a senior CIA official and two defense contractors. That led him to co-author a book titled, “The Wrong Stuff: The Extraordinary Saga of Randy ‘Duke’ Cunningham, the Most Corrupt Congressman Ever Caught.” In his long career he has covered border security, immigration, politics, war, conflict and disaster with assignments across the United States and in Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Published Work

North America’s Explosive Oil-by-Rail Problem
By Marcus Stern and Sebastian Jones, Reporting for InsideClimate News
Published December 8, 2014
Regulators in the United States knew they had to act fast. A train hauling 2 million gallons of crude oil from North Dakota had exploded in the Canadian town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people. Now they had to assure Americans a similar disaster wouldn’t happen south of the border, where the U.S. oil boom is sending highly volatile crude oil every day over aging, often defective rails in vulnerable railcars. Read more…

How to Prevent an Oil Train Disaster
Published May 19, 2015 in The New York Times
Six days before last week’s deadly Amtrak derailment, a train carrying crude oil went off the tracks in rural North Dakota and burst into flames. Thankfully, no one was killed. But it should not take a deadly disaster — like the one that took 47 lives in the town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, in July 2013 — for us to grasp the risk from oil trains. Read more

Dangerous Trains, Aging Rails
Published March 12, 2015 in The New York Times
A CSX freight train ran off the rails last month in rural Mount Carbon, W. Va. One after another, exploding rail cars sent hellish fireballs hundreds of feet into the clear winter sky. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency, and the fires burned for several days. The Feb. 16 accident was one of a series of recent fiery derailments highlighting the danger of using freight trains to ship crude oil from wellheads in North Dakota to refineries in congested regions along America’s coastlines. Read more

Activists fear dangers of oil trains remain unaddressed by new rule
Published April 8, 2015 in Aljazeera America
Despite a surge in oil tank car blasts, Obama stops short of strict regulatory action demanded by trackside reside residents.

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Patricia M. Smith

Patricia M. Smith


Patricia Smith is a licensed California CPA who has a tax practice in San Diego. She has been in the business as a sole-practitioner for over 30 years. Her medium-sized practice deals with personal, business, corporations, trusts, and nonprofit entities through tax preparations, consulting and representation before the IRS.

Pat has served on many boards of director, particularly in the nonprofit field. Her first position was as the treasurer of Able-Disabled Advocacy, Inc., then in the same position for the National Sleep Foundation. In addition she served has a director for New Entra Casa, Project Wildlife and InquireFirst.

Over the years, Pat has taught federal income tax classes at the University of California, San Diego, for students seeking credentials as Certified Financial Planners. She lectures at numerous professional luncheons. Pat participated in one of the first seminars for "Women's Opportunity Week" in San Diego.

After recently undergoing cataract surgery on both eyes, Pat can indulge in one of her favorite pastimes, reading for pleasure. Her tastes are rather eclectic including historical novels, mysteries, science fiction and popular fiction. Another favorite is teen literature acquired from her years as a middle school teacher.


Catherine Mann

Catherine Mann

Catherine Mann has been an artist, illustrator and designer for more than 25 years. She began her career designing and illustrating for magazines and newspapers, including Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, Ladies' Home Journal, Parenting, Runner's World, Saveur, New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune. She transitioned to design for high-profile Web sites such as and, and as Art Director at Her passion for environmental conservation found its way to, where as a contributor, she has designed graphics, illustrations and ebooks for award-winning stories including the Pulitzer Prize-winning, “The Dilbit Disaster: Inside The Biggest Oil Spill You’ve Never Heard Of.”


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Rosemary Gibson

Public Appearances

Rosemary Gibson is principal author with Janardan Prasad Singh of the critically acclaimed book, “Wall of Silence,” which tells the untold human story behind medical errors, and also “The Treatment Trap,” which tells the public what health care insiders know about the extensive overuse of unnecessary surgeries, CT scans and other procedures and tests.

Rosemary Gibson is a national leader in health care quality and safety and a Section Editor of the Archives of Internal Medicine “Less is More” series. She is principal author of The Battle Over Health Care: What Obama’s Reform Means for America’s Future, a non-partisan analysis of the impact of health care on the nation’s economy.

Rosemary Gibson

Rosemary Gibson is Senior Advisor at The Hastings Center, founding editor for Less is More narratives in JAMA Internal Medicine, and author of "Medicare Meltdown" (2013), "Battle Over Health Care" (2012), "Treatment Trap" (2010) and "Wall of Silence" (2003).

She is the 2014 recipient of the highest honor from the American Medical Writers Association for her contributions to the field of medical communication. Her writing gives voice to the public’s interest in critical health care issues of the day.

She is a board member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and serves on the CLER Evaluation Committee to advance safety in sponsoring institutions.

At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Rosemary was chief architect of its $200 million national strategy to establish inpatient palliative care programs that now number 1600, an increase from about 10 in the 1990s. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She worked with Bill Moyers on the PBS documentary, "On Our Own Terms."

Rosemary led national quality and safety initiatives in partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Pursuing Perfection, Transforming Care at the Bedside, and Rapid Response System Implementation.

She is a public member of the American Board of Medical Specialties Health and Public Policy Committee and Consumers Union Safe Patient Project. She served on the AHRQ Technical Expert Panel for Consumer Reporting of Adverse Events.

Rosemary has given presentations and grand rounds on patient safety at hundreds of hospitals; keynoted meetings of the National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission, National Board of Medical Examiners, American Academy of Otolaryngology, AONE, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Federation of State Medical Boards, National Summit on Overuse held by The Joint Commission and AMA, Society of Critical Care Medicine, among others. She has been faculty for the Dartmouth Summer Symposium on Quality Improvement and was its 2013 "wizard."

She speaks to public audiences at the New York Public Library, the AARP National Convention, George Mason University; legislators at the National Council of State Legislators; Women’s National Democratic Club, Connecticut Center for Patient Safety, Maine Quality Counts, Maine Area Agencies on Aging, among others.

Her books have been reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Washington Post, JAMA, Health Affairs; referenced in proceedings of the U.S. Senate; mentioned in Congressional testimony; noted in the WSJ, NYT, USA Today, Consumer Reports, and Boston Globe, O Magazine, Reader's Digest, US News and World Report. "Wall of Silence" was translated into Japanese; the Chinese translation of Treatment Trap won the prestigious Open Book Award from China Times. Rosemary has appeared on Chicago Tonight, WBGH’s Greater Boston, Fox News, The Doctors, C-Span Book TV.

Rosemary graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University and has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

Published Work

"Wall of Silence: The Untold Story of the Medical Mistakes that Kill and Injure Millions of Americans"
"A call to arms for families who have had loved ones disabled or die in the pursuit of medical treatment." Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

"The Treatment Trap: How the Overuse of Medical Care is Wrecking Your Health and What You Can Do to Prevent It"
By Rosemary Gibson and Janardan Prasad Singh
"This is a 'buyer beware' book for prospective medical care consumers. The examples of patient harm are individually important: together they create a tapestry of practice patterns that should give you the courage to constructively challenge the recommendations you get from your doctor." Paul O'Neill, former U.S. Treasury Secretary

"The Battle Over Health Care: What Obama's Reform Means for America's Future"
“Published just several months before the Supreme Court upheld most of the Affordable Care Act, Rosemary Gibson and Janardan Prasad Singh’s new book, The Battle over Health Care: What Obama’s Reform Means for America’s Future, paints a picture of a law that, as far as they are concerned, might not have been worth saving.” HealthAffairs


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Ken Stone

In his 40-year journalism career, Ken Stone excelled at fact checking and copy editing at 10 newspapers (ending with The San Diego Union-Tribune for 24 years) and several websites (including three years with the Patch hyperlocal network). His 20-year-old hobby site,, won the Track and Field Writers of America’s inaugural prize for online excellence in 2009.

Published Work

Kersey faces carpetbagger claim in District 5: Incumbent city councilmember now has two Democratic opponents
Published February 10, 2016 San Diego City Beat
Mark Kersey attended Northwestern University in the 1990s along with future Late Night host Seth Meyers. Kersey is no TV funnyman but did win his seat on the San Diego City Council in a laugher. The video-tech researcher ran unopposed in 2012—the first time a non-incumbent did that since World War II, he’ll tell you.

The Case of the Missing Alpine High School
Published May 12, 2015 Voice of San
Tiny Alpine has begged for its own high school since the late 1990s. It thought it would finally get one when a campus was mentioned in two winning school bond measures. It still hasn’t, and the culprits blocking the school range from various district officials to President Ronald Reagan.

What I Learned Covering San Diego at the Hyperlocal Level
Published August 27, 2013 Voice of San Diego
Was I invading privacy? Or was I exposing a legitimate news story? By revealing in July 2011 that “a member of a longtime La Mesa pizza family” faced charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, I revived the age-old debate: What should media report?


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