Danielle Cervantes

Danielle Cervantes

Danielle Cervantes has been obsessed with columns and rows since studying research methods in college 20 years ago. It wasn’t until she was a research librarian focusing on demographics at The San Diego Union-Tribune, however, that she discovered her tribe of data journalism nerds through Investigative Reporters & Editors. This introduction ignited the fire in her belly for watchdog journalism and crystallized her specialization in data and investigative reporting.

Before joining InquireFirst, Danielle was a data journalist for San Diego-based iNewsource and before that a senior reporter on the investigations/watchdog team at the Union-Tribune. There she examined government infrastructure and spending, disaster recovery, consumer safety, pollution and mortgage fraud.

Since 2007, she has taught investigative and data journalism at her alma mater, Point Loma Nazarene University, where she has mentored dozens of “watchpups” (young watchdog reporters) as they begin their journalism careers.

Danielle’s diverse work has won local and state awards and triggered state and federal criminal investigations. In 2006, the Union-Tribune submitted her individual work for Pulitzer Prizes in Investigative and Explanatory Reporting, and she contributed research to the newspaper’s staff’s win that year in National Affairs Reporting. She also was named a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists for her work investigating the city of San Diego’s public land management. In 2015, Danielle’s students took first and second place in Media Shift’s annual national hackathon for student journalists.

Danielle is a member of the Society for Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters & Editors, for which she volunteers her time training professional and student journalists from around the world. Most recently, she teamed up with IRE in early October to teach data journalism to visiting journalists from Mexicali, Mexico at San Diego State University.

Osha Gray Davidson

Osha Gray Davidson

Osha Gray Davidson is the senior science writer for the NASA-funded journal, Earthzine, a freelance writer and photographer with investigative pieces in Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, National Geographic, Scientific American, Discover Magazine and Slate, among other publications. He has written six books of non-fiction, published a collection of photographs, and co-written the screenplay for the award-winning IMAX documentary, Coral Reef Adventure.

Published Work

"Clean Break: The Story of Germany's Energy Transformation and What Americans Can Learn from It" The European Union's biggest and most powerful industrial economy is making a clean break from coal, oil and nuclear energy. It is doing something most Americans would say is impossible, but already Germany is running on 25% clean energy and it is on track to reach 80 percent by 2050.

"The Enchanted Braid: Coming to Terms with Nature on the Coral Reef" "There is a word for what Darwin and the rest of us have felt when in the presence of the reef: 'awe.' Confronted with the reef, awe is the most appropriate response. It is probably in our nature. It is also, apparently, in our nature to destroy that which we hold in awe."

"Broken Heartland." “A compelling picture of one of this country's most pressing problems…a vivid and concise description of America's farm crisis.”—Kirkus Reviews

"Under Fire: The NRA and the Battle for Gun Control." "In 'Under Fire,' Osha Gray Davidson examines the evolution of the NRA from its roots in the 19th century as a sporting club to its current status as arguably the most effective special-interest group in the second half of the 20th century. The story is told without passion but in an easy-to-read, hard-to-put-down style that many novelists would envy. Davidson, a freelance journalist, manages to describe the NRA without falling into either its clutches or those of its opponents. The result is a sufficiently objective yet richly revealing portrait of this powerful lobby." New England Journal of Medicine.

"The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South." "Rich with details about the rhythms of daily life in the mid-twentieth-century South, 'The Best of Enemies' offers a vivid portrait of a relationship that defied all odds. By placing this very personal story into broader context, Osha Gray Davidson demonstrates that race is intimately tied to issues of class, and that cooperation is possible--even in the most divisive situations--when people begin to listen to one another." University of North Carolina Press.

"Fire in the Turtle House: The Green Sea Turtle and the Fate of the Ocean." "An eloquent ecocautionary tale wrapped in a scientific mystery. Sea turtles have thrived for more than 100 million years. Now their existence is threatened not only by human depredation but also by a virulent scourge of unknown origin." Publishers Weekly.

"Enchanted by Prairie." "Iowa’s tallgrass prairie was gone before we were born. Bill Witt’s marvelous photos of Iowa’s tallgrass prairie remnants and prose by Osha Davidson and Bill Witt give us a vision of what the prairie was and what it can do for us today. We did not save the prairie, but perhaps it can save us."—Carl Kurtz

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Anthony DePalma

Public Appearances

Anthony DePalma on the 9/11 settlement and his book “City of Dust: Illness, Arrogance and 9/11”

Anthony DePalma’s Tedx talk at Seton Hall: “Does It Really Matter if Journalism Dies?”

Anthony DePalma

Anthony DePalma spent 22 years as a reporter and foreign correspondent for The New York Times, serving as Bureau Chief in Mexico and Canada. In 2001 he published “Here: A Biography of the New American Continent,” which was re-released as an e-book in 2014. He has focused his journalism on Latin America, especially Mexico and Cuba, but he has also travelled widely and reported from places as diverse as Albania, Montenegro, Guyana and Suriname.

His second book, published in 2006, was “The Man Who Invented Fidel,” about the rise of Fidel Castro and the impact that journalism has had on U.S.-Cuba relations. The book has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, and the film rights were purchased by Moxie Pictures. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attack, he wrote many of the Portraits of Grief articles that won a Pulitzer for The Times in 2001.

He left The Times in 2008 to become writer-in-residence at Seton Hall University, where he completed his latest book, “City of Dust,” about the environmental and health crises that followed 9/11. The book was the basis of a CNN documentary “Terror in the Dust,” which won the Society of Professional Journalists’ award for best documentary in 2011.

DePalma also is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Among his many professional recognitions are a 2007 Emmy finalist for “Toxic Legacy,” a documentary co-production of The New York Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. In 2009, Columbia University awarded him the Maria Moors Cabot Award for distinguished international reporting. He has been named a media fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and a visiting scholar at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

He continues to write and lecture about Latin America and the environment, while also reporting on many other subjects.

Published Work

"City of Dust: Illness, Arrogance and 9/11", FT/ Pearson, N.Y. 2010

"The Man Who Invented Fidel", Public Affairs, N.Y. (Translations in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese) 2006

"Class Matters" Times Books, N.Y. (Chapter) 2005

"Here: A Biography of the New American Continent", Public Affairs, N.Y. 2001, updated 2002

“Myths of the Enemy: Castro, Cuba and Herbert L. Matthews of The New York Times Working Paper 313 Kellogg Institute for International Studies University of Notre Dame. 2004

“America Septentrional,” Foreign Policy Review Institute, Philadelphia, PA. 2003

“A Reluctant Trinity,” Woodrow Wilson Center for International Affairs, Washington, D.C. 2003

The North American Elections of 2000: An Analysis,” Orbis. 2003

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Website: anthonydepalma.com
Twitter: @depalman

Elizabeth Douglass

Elizabeth Douglass

Elizabeth Douglass is a veteran journalist whose work in print and online has received national recognition. She was a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award, and her stories have led to appearances on The Rachel Maddow Show, Public Radio International, Chicago public radio, and local radio and television stations, as well as in a PBS documentary about turmoil in the defense industry.

Most recently, she covered energy companies, pipelines and the nexus between energy and climate change for InsideClimate News. Her work there included widely-cited stories about vulnerable oil pipelines that cross through Yellowstone and other rivers; how energy projects across the country lock in decades of harmful carbon emissions; and how a culture of fear permeated a nuclear power plant. Prior to InsideClimate News, she spent 10 years at the Los Angeles Times, where she covered energy, telecommunications and aerospace, and 10 years at the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Published Work

Exxon Knew Its Ruptured Pipeline Was Old, Defective and Brittle, and Still Added New Stresses
Published Aug 12, 2013 InsideClimate News
Industry experts say vulnerable pipelines like the one that failed in Arkansas can operate safely—but only if they're carefully monitored and maintained. Read more...

Is the Oil Industry Off a Cliff or Just in a Down Cycle?
Published Aug 6, 2015 InsideClimate News
Low prices are forcing companies to curtail exploration and borrow to sustain dividends and stock value as the world looks to curtail emissions. Read more...

Ruptured Yellowstone Oil Pipeline Was Built With Faulty Welding in 1950s
Published Jan 22, 2015 InsideClimate News
Poor safety, defects may have added risks to pipeline that spilled up to 40,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River. Read more...

In Keystone Fight and Beyond, Infrastructure Is Energy Policy
Published Jan 8, 2015 InsideClimate News
New pipelines, power plants and export facilities would lock in carbon emissions for another generation and continue the dominance of fossil fuels. Read more...

Workers at San Onofre Nuclear Plant Report Culture of Fear, Deep Mistrust
Published Oct 4, 2012 InsideClimate News
Edison, the utility that runs San Onofre, is in upheaval as it digests new evidence that many of its employees are working in an environment of fear. Read more...

The Oil Industry's Fight to Kill Renewable Fuels—and Why It May Win
Published Feb 10, 2014 InsideClimate News
For all its faults, the Renewable Fuels Standard is the only federal policy that is steadily eroding the oil industry's de facto monopoly on motor fuels. Read more...

Wall Street Demands Answers From Fossil Fuel Producers on 'Unburnable' Carbon
Published Oct 24, 2013 InsideClimate News
Groundbreaking initiative is forcing an investor rethink: What's the value of fossil fuel stocks if companies must leave reserves in the ground? Read more...

San Onofre’s Problems Continue
Published February 26, 2009 Voice of San Diego
Mistakes and management problems continue to mount at the San Onofre nuclear plant, despite an unprecedented executive shake-up and a year-long effort to convince federal regulators and an industry ratings group that things are improving. Read more...

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Joanne Faryon

Joanne Faryon

Joanne Faryon is a journalist and documentary producer specializing in long-form multimedia projects. Her work has been broadcast on the PBS NewsHour; NPR; The National, CBC’s flagship TV news program, and across multiple PBS affiliates in California.

In 2014, she was the first journalist to report on California’s “vent farms,” special nursing home units where thousands of people are kept alive artificially, lingering for years in various states of consciousness. The project, which she produced for inewsource, was awarded the Columbia School of Journalism Meyer “Mike” Berger Award for outstanding human interest reporting, a first place Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) award for investigative journalism, two National Edward R. Murrow awards, a National Association of Health Care Journalism Award, the 2015 SPJ Mark of Excellence Award (San Diego chapter) and was nominated for a national Emmy.

Faryon has gone inside three California prisons to document how sentencing laws contribute to an aging, sick, and expensive prison population. Her documentary, Life in Prison: The Cost of Punishment, has been viewed more than one million times on YouTube.

Faryon was also the first journalist in California to raise questions about the efficacy of the whooping cough vaccine in her 2010 documentary When Immunity Fails. Data showed most of the kids who got sick were up to date with their immunization.

Faryon traveled to the Netherlands where scientists had discovered a new mutant strain of the disease. Faryon has been a recipient of the USC Annenberg Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, two other National Edward R. Murrow awards, a Radio and Television News Association Golden Mike for investigative reporting, two regional Emmys and several San Diego SPJ awards.

Jamie Gold

Jamie Gold

Jamie Gold is a writer and editor who has worked in several news organizations since starting her journalism career at the Washington Post decades ago. She was the readers' representative at the Los Angeles Times from 2000 to 2011; being a liaison between the readers and the newsroom as the public was becoming a force gave her a distinctive perspective on the enormous shifts happening in the news industry. Earlier, while living in San Diego, Jamie was founding executive director of San Diego Cares, a volunteer corps designed to make it easier for busy professionals to learn directly about social issues by directly working with those in need. She continues to be fascinated by how (and if, and why) Americans stay informed, studying the ways in which reporting has been transformed by digital journalism and the social Web while still holding dear the principles of journalism.

Published Work

"UCLA student and illegal immigration"
Published February 8, 2009 in the Los Angeles Times.

"In tough times, praise for writing and investigations"
Published March 18, 2009 in the
Los Angeles Times.

"Same-sex marriage: How much coverage is too much?"
Published June 20, 2008 in the Los Angeles Times.


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Robert P. Laurence

Robert P. Laurence

Robert P. Laurence covered city hall, politics and rock ‘n’ roll music for The San Diego Union (later the Union-Tribune) for 35 years. He found his nirvana as the paper’s TV critic, a job he approached in the spirit of the rude kid sitting in the back of the class.

It was sometime in high school that Bob discovered he had a knack for writing.  He soon decided this was a skill that could be used for earning a living as a newspaper reporter. It was certainly more enjoyable than most other forms of work.

Bob has a B.A. degree in journalism from San Francisco State University and an M.A. in political science from San Jose State. His first reporting job was at the weekly Milpitas Post in what is now known as Silicon Valley; he later covered California’s nascent environmental movement for United Press International. When his wife, Susan White, was hired as an editor for ProPublica in New York City, the couple moved to Brooklyn for a three-year stay.

While Susan worked in Manhattan, Bob spent his days exploring the city and reporting what he found in 86 lengthy emails to friends that he later collected in an ebook, “Letters From Brooklyn: A Slightly Irregular Memoir of Everyday Life in New York City with a Tour Guide Thrown in.”


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Nancee E. Lewis

Nancee E. Lewis

Nancee E. Lewis is a photojournalist based in San Diego, Ca. She began her career as a freelancer in her home town of New Orleans and has been a staff photojournalist at the Shreveport Times, the Chicago Tribune and The San Diego Union-Tribune. Documentary photography and photojournalism are her passion but recently she has been documenting weddings in the gay and lesbian community and working with various clients to build a visually and image-intensive presence on their websites.




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John Nelson

John Nelson

Photojournalist John Nelson has had a lifelong interest in shooting images—whimsical, sad, or thought-provoking—that reflect all facets of the human condition. He has worked for decades as a staff photographer at a number of news organizations and, now based in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, works on documentary projects. You can see some of his work on his Instagram feed, and on his website.

Published Work

"Plastic Pollution in the Chesapeake Bay"
Published March 20, 2015.
Executive director of Trash Free Maryland, Julie Lawson, organized a four-day expedition of Chesapeake Bay. Lawson brought together plastic pollution experts, educators, policy advocates, environmentalists and journalists to collect water and sediment samples and study the Chesapeake Bay waterway.

"Bread for the City"
Published February 3, 2015.
Bread for the City and Jen Vaupel are bringing quality healthcare to thousands of needy in the District of Columbia.

"Early Morning Mariachi"
Published January 28, 2015.
A mariachi entertains early morning workers at a taqueria in Los Angeles, California.

"The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)"
PublishedTuesday, December 9, 2014.
The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), joined by 21 U.S. and international organizations, to hold a rally at the White House to stand with women and girls raped in conflict.

"Ben Bradlee Tribute"
Published October 23, 2014.
Washington Post staffers gather to celebrate legendary publisher Don Graham and editor Ben Bradlee

"D.C.’s Coal-Burning Plants"
Published December 29, 2013.

"Trayvon Martin Vigil"
Published July 15, 2013.
Howard University.

"Chinese New Year in Chinatown, D.C."
Published February 11, 2013.


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Email: john@johnnelsonphoto.com
Phone: 323-816-4235

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Website: johnnelsonphoto.com
Facebook: johnnelson
Instagram: jrnelsonphoto

Bill Pitzer

Bill Pitzer

Bill Pitzer

Bill Pitzer is an illustrator and writer specializing in creating compelling content in print and online. He has consulted and lectured widely on information design for numerous academic and corporate clients.
Bill is the principal of Infoartz, an illustration and design studio whose clients include the National Geographic Society, The New York Times, National Park Service and the Discovery Channel.
Previously, Bill was the graphics editor for The Charlotte Observer. Graphics he produced for the investigative series “Sold a Nightmare” were part of an entry that was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Pitzer’s graphics have also won numerous regional, national and international awards, including three Sigma Delta Chi Awards, two first-place National Headliner Awards, and Silver Medals in the Society of News Design and the Malofiej Infographic competitions.
Pitzer holds an M.A. in Educational Media with an emphasis on New Media and Global Education from Appalachian State University. He is an honors graduate of Glenville State College where he earned his B.A. in Secondary Education (art and science).

Published Work

Rising Waters

Africa’s World Cup Stars

Hands Pain and Damage

A Shifting Landscape

Carolina’s 6 Easy Places

Deadline USA Observer Editors

Portfolio Samples

WashingtonMonument Raising-the-Monitor

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