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Scheduled Guests for April 24, 2018

Daffodil Altan - The Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism

Daffodil Altan is an Emmy-nominated journalist and documentary film producer who joined the IRP on Nov. 1. She produced, with IRP’s Andrés Cediel, the Frontline/Univision documentary “Rape on the Night Shift,”part of a multi-platform investigation into the sexual assault of female janitors that included Frontline, Univision, The Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED (San Francisco’s NPR station). Previously she was a producer at the Center for Investigative Reporting, where her reporting on teen solitary confinement at Rikers Island was part of a wave of renewed coverage that led to reforms for teens at the New York City jail. Her print, radio and documentary work have appeared on Frontline, NBC, Telemundo, Univision and the PBS NewsHour, and in the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones and the OC Weekly (where she was a staff writer), among others. Daffodil has received awards for her work from the Society of Professional Journalists, The San Francisco International Film Festival, the Los Angeles Press Club and the Imagen Foundation. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and the mother of a pre-schooler.

The Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism

The IRP was established in 2006 by veteran investigative reporter Lowell Bergman, the program’s Logan Distinguished Chair. Evolving from a single seminar, the IRP now encompasses a nonprofit newsroom, a seminar for undergraduate reporters and a post-graduate fellowship program, among other initiatives. Through its various projects, students have opportunities to gain mentorship and practical experience in breaking major stories for some of the nation’s foremost print and broadcast outlets. The IRP also works closely with students to develop and publish their own investigative pieces. The seminar focuses on a range of topics including developing sources, conducting research and interviews, collaborative/multi-platform reporting, ethical considerations and instruction on specialized subjects, such as international corruption and corporate malfeasance. Classroom guests include investigative reporters and editors, sitting judges, prosecutors, first amendment attorneys, private investigators, current and former government officials and others whose work is key to developing and reporting investigative stories. The IRP has produced and contributed to dozens of groundbreaking stories for broadcast, print and online outlets. The stories have ranged from a probe into the money behind college sports, the holes in homeland security and the dysfunctional patchwork of death investigation in America. Award-winning stories include exposés of poor worker safety in the metal industry, the hidden history of credit cards, corruption in Mexico, the California energy crisis, and a prescient look at Osama bin Laden. The IRP’s work has appeared on PBS Frontline, Frontline/WORLD, NPR and PBS NewsHour and in publications such as Mother Jones, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Time magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others.


Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation Established in 1996 the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation strives to reduce the terrible toll of smoking and tobacco use through a preventive effort. The belief that tobacco use is a voluntary risk continually undertaken by smokers themselves is belied by the fact that virtually all nicotine use begins in adolescence when experimentation and risk-taking are part and parcel of normal development. That early exposure permanently alters neuro-receptors in the deepest, most ancient parts of the brain that then manifests as ongoing desire or addiction. Preventing that early inoculation requires a concerted societal and political strategy including school-based education, reduced media exposure, counter-marketing, tobacco and smoke free homes and public areas and youth access restrictions. We vigorously support all of those efforts in addition to our focus on raising the legal minimum sales age to 21.

Elena Rossi, MD, MMM - Akron Children's Hospital

Dr. Rossi was selected as the 2009 March of Dimes (Ohio) Health Leadership Award for Academic Physicians. Medical School University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH Graduate School Master's of Medical Management: Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Pittsburgh, PA Residency Pediatrics: Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital; MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH Fellowship Neonatology: MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH Board Certifications American Board of Pediatrics; Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Academic Appointments Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Northeast Ohio Medical University

The People's Pharmacy-Terry+Joe Graedon

In 1976, when The People's Pharmacy® was originally published, it was one of the first books providing drug and health information to consumers. It went on to become a number one bestseller. Since then, Joe and Terry Graedon have gone on to write 14 additional books. In addition, they write The People's Pharmacy® syndicated newspaper column, co-host an award-winning health talk show on public radio, and speak frequently on health issues AND are frequent visitors here - on Brainfood !

Frontline - Trafficked in America

FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Program at U.C. Berkeley team up for Trafficked in America — investigating the secret world of labor trafficking, and telling the story of Guatemalan teens forced to work against their will on an Ohio egg farm.

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