Investigative Reporting and Post-Fact Politics

WED, JUN 14, 2017 (00:00)

What’s it like uncovering hard truths in a world where the very idea of fact is up for debate? WGBH and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting host a discussion with top journalists, exploring the shifting impact of news investigations on today’s politics and policy making.

+ BIO: Amy Walter

Over the past 14 years, Amy Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is the former political director of ABC News. Today, she provides political analysis every Monday evening on the PBS NewsHour. She is also a regular Sunday panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press, CBS’s Face The Nation, and FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace. She also appears on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill (PBS), the Friday Round Up on The Diane Rehm Show (WAMU), and Special Report (FOX). This is Amy’s second tour of duty with The Cook Political Report. From 1997 to 2007, she served as Senior Editor where she covered the U.S. House of Representatives. Walter was named one of DC’s “50 Top Journalists” by Washingtonian Magazine in 2009 and honored with the Washington Post‘s Crystal Ball award for her spot-on election predictions in 2000. She is a member of the Board of Trustees at Colby College where she graduated summa cum laude.

+ BIO: Burt Glass

Burt Glass, the executive director of the Center for Investigative Reporting in California from 1999 to 2007, joins NECIR with more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, development, communications, and strategy. For the past eight years, Glass has been the managing director of Hairpin Communications in Boston, helping nonprofits and foundations better communicate their brand and strategic messages. Before co-founding Hairpin, he was a senior vice president at Fenton Communications in California. Over the course of his career, Glass has successfully shaped and managed operations and communications for a variety of nonprofits, working to achieve organizational security with long- term strategic vision.

+ BIO: Scott Allen

Scott Allen is editor of the Spotlight Team, the Globe’s investigative reporting unit. In more than 20 years at the Globe, he has covered the environment and medicine and served as the Globe’s Health and Science editor before becoming an investigative reporter in 2008. A graduate of Bowdoin College, he was also a journalism fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

+ BIO: Raney Aronson-Rath

As senior producer for PBS’s flagship public affairs documentary series Frontline, Raney Aronson-Rath guides the editorial development and execution of the series’ primetime television broadcasts. With Executive Producer David Fanning, she oversees all phases of film production, from story development and assignment through final edit and post-production. Aronson-Rath is also instrumental in the daily editorial management of the series’ non broadcast initiatives, including new media projects, audience engagement, educational outreach and promotion. Since joining Frontline‘s staff in 2007, Aronson-Rath has supervised a number of Frontline productions, including Rules of Engagement, which was nominated for an Emmy, and films on domestic health care reform, America’s debt crisis and international bribery. Her Frontline/World story on AIDS among India’s sex workers won an Overseas Press Club Award. Aronson-Rath was the 2005 inaugural recipient of the Peter S. McGhee Fellowship from WGBH. She has also been awarded the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Media Fellowship, a Sundance Documentary Fund grant, a New York State Council on the Arts grant and an International Reporting Project Fellowship. Aronson-Rath has a bachelor’s degree in South Asian studies and history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and spent her junior year living in Benaras, India. She received her master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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