Our People: Biographies

Joe Bergantino is the Executive Director, Managing Editor and Co-Founder of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. Bergantino has been a national and local investigative reporter for 35 years. He spent most of his career as the I-Team Reporter for WBZ-TV in Boston. He also did investigative reporting for WPLG-TV, the Washington Post-owned TV station in Miami and spent five years as a correspondent for ABC News where he reported for World News Tonight, Nightline and Good Morning America. During his career, Bergantino has won many of the broadcasting industry’s most prestigious awards including a duPont-Columbia Award and Citation, a Robert F. Kennedy Award for reporting on the disadvantaged, and a Gabriel Award. He has won several local Emmy awards including one designating him Best Investigative Reporter in New England. He was twice nominated for national Emmys for his work in 2002 and 2004. His stories have had a major impact on the lives of New Englanders and the results of his investigations have been felt worldwide. Bergantino is a clinical professor of journalism at Boston University and has taught journalism courses at Boston College since 1995.

Ted Gup, an award-winning investigative reporter, editor and author, is NECIR”s Investigations Editor. Ted is a former investigative reporter and editor for The Washington Post working under Bob Woodward. He later wrote for Time magazine covering Congress and serving as Washington investigative correspondent. His investigative work has focused on Congress, the CIA, the Smithsonian, the National Cancer Institute, the Pentagon, the environment, race, Continuity of Government, and issues of transparency Ted has written three nonfiction books: “A Secret Gift ,” (Penguin Press, Nov. 2010; “Nation of Secrets: The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life” (Doubleday, 2007) winner of the Goldsmith Book Prize from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and “The Book of Honor: Covert Lives And Classified Deaths At The CIA” (Doubleday, 2000.) He has been a frequent guest on news programs and has written for Smithsonian, National Geographic, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Slate, GQ, Mother Jones, Columbia Journalism Review, NPR, The Washington Post and other publications. Ted has been a Pulitzer finalist in national reporting, and recipient of the George Polk Award, the Worth Bingham Prize, the Gerald Loeb Award and the Book-of-the-Year Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has been a grantee of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a Fellow of Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Fulbright Scholar (to China.) In 2009, he became professor and chair of the journalism department at Emerson College in Boston.

Jenifer McKim is the Assistant Managing Editor and Senior Investigative Reporter at The New England Center for Investigative Reporting. Before joining NECIR in September 2013, McKim, who has nearly 25 years of experience in the news business, most recently worked as a social issues and business reporter at the Boston Globe, where she started in 2008. There she received a 2011 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for a story on domestic sex trafficking of minors. Prior to joining the Globe, McKim worked on the Investigative Team at the Orange County Register in California where she led a group of reporters to write about lead-tainted imported Mexican candies. The project was a nominated finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. McKim is a 2008 fellow at the Nieman Foundation of Journalism at Harvard University and a graduate from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She started her journalism career at the San Juan Star in Puerto Rico and speaks fluent Spanish.

Beth Daley an Investigative Reporter and Director of Partnerships at NECIR, joined the center in November 2013.  Daley covered the environment, science and education for almost two decades at The Boston Globe and won numerous awards for her work including being named a Pulitzer Prize finalist.  Among her many stories--a two-year investigation on mislabeled fish in Boston area restaurants that won three awards from the Society of Business Editors and Writers along with additional awards from the National Press Club, the Society for Features Journalism and the National Headliner competition.  Daley spent the 2011-2012 academic year as a Knight fellow at Stanford University, a program designed to foster journalistic innovation and entrepreneurship. There, she became deeply interested in new journalism models and created EnviroFact, a collaborative clearinghouse to check environmental claims in the news.  From 2001-2003, Daley was the Globe’s science and 9/11 reporter covering the anthrax scare, the war in Afghanistan and the U.S. space program.  From 1997-2001, she was the newspaper’s education reporter.  On that beat, she wrote a series of award-winning stories on shoddy school construction and covered urban education in Boston and across the nation.  Prior to joining the Globe in 1994, Daley worked as a reporter for the Newburyport Daily News and as an English teacher in Sri Lanka and Thailand. She is a graduate of Northeastern University.

Rupa Shenoy formerly of Minnesota Public Radio, will report for both WGBH News and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. Before joining MPR, she was a Chicago bureau reporter for the Associated Press and spent five years as a general assignment and investigative reporter for the Chicago Reporter and The Daily Herald. She has a masters of science in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School. She has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, won a Peter Lisagor award from the Chicago Headline Club, and was selected in 2008 as a Carnegie-Knight News Fellow.

Doug Struck has been a journalist for more than 30 years, covering six continents and 50 states as both a national and foreign correspondent for The Washington Post and, previously, The Baltimore Sun. He developed a specialty in global warming reporting at The Post, where he was a war correspondent, Nieman fellow and Pulitzer finalist. He now teaches as Journalist in Residence at Emerson College in Boston, and writes and produces for various outlets on a broad range of environmental issues. He has won a variety of awards.

Hunter De Lench is our marketing and training manager, having worked in education for the past five years. A 2006 graduate of Ithaca college, Hunter has worked in both academia, and for large and small corporations. Past positions have included working as a Sr. Consultant at EF Education, the worldwide leader in private education, with focuses on international travel and language learning. Most recently Hunter worked as an Account Manager at Wordstream, a Boston based internet startup designed to help small and medium sized businesses better manage their internet marketing. Hunter is a top sales and marketing performer, having been recognized in the top 5% of achievers for the 2011-2012  sales year at EF. Hunter is passionate about education, marketing, travel and history.

Tom Fiedler is the Dean of the Boston University College of Communication (COM). He began his tenure on June 1, 2008 following a distinguished career in journalism. Tom joined the Miami Herald after graduating from COM and worked there for almost 30 years as an investigative reporter, a political columnist, the editorial page editor and finally, the executive editor, from 2001 to 2007.In 1987, after presidential hopeful Gary Hart told journalists asking about his suspected marital infedelity to follow him around, Fiedler and other Herald reporters took him up on the challenge and exposed Hart's campaign-ending affair with a Miami model. The next year, Fiedler received the Society of Professional journalists' top award for his coverage of the 1988 presidential election. Three years later, his investigative reporting on a religious cult, earned the Herald a Pulitzer Prize. The Herald's entire staff won another Pulitzer in 1993 for the paper's coverage of Hurricane Andrew. As the newspaper's executive editor, Fiedler was a stickler for journalism ethics, particularly after reporters working for the Herald's Spanish-language sister publication El Nuevo Herald, were found to be on the payroll of a U.S. government-owned anti-Castro news service in 2006. Fiedler also pushed his reporters and editors to embrace the Internet as a critical means of news delivery, rather than just an appendage of the newspaper. He also embraced new media as a visiting Murrow Lecturer and Goldsmith Fellow at Harvard University's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, where he investigated the impact of the Web on the presidential primary system and taught a graduate course on the intersection of media, politics and public policy. In addition, Fiedler co-directed a project, sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation and the Knight Foundation, exploring the future of journalism education. In 2003, Fiedler received the College of Communication's Distinguished Alumni Award and in 2005, the college presented him with the Hugo Shong Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism. In 2006, he was elected a member of BU's Board of Overseers.

Kathleen Day  joined the full-time faculty at the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business in 2013. She is a former reporter for the Washington Post, where for more than two decades she covered the financial services industry and its many scandals, as well as the defense and pharmaceutical industries. She also worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. Day previously taught at Georgetown University, where she created a graduate ethics course based on the series of financial crises in the United States, from the crash of 1929 to the S&L debacle to the mortgage meltdown and Great Recession. And she was an editor, writer and spokesman at the Center for Responsible Lending, a non-profit, nonpartisan research and policy group based in North Carolina that focuses on abusive lending practices. Day has an MS from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and an MBA in finance from New York University's Stern School of Business. She is author of “S&L Hell: the people and politics behind the $1 trillion savings-and-loan scandal,” New York: W.W. Norton, and is working on a book about the most recent mortgage crisis.

Beverly Ford is a freelance journalist with more than 20 years of reporting experience. She worked as a staff reporter for The Boston Herald, where she covered crime and legal issues, and also has written for The New York Daily News, The London Sunday Times, The London Mail, Bloomberg News, USA Today Magazine, Boston Magazine and other publications. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, she has been a guest lecturer and panelist at several Boston area colleges and universities, including Harvard, Boston University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She also was co-recipient of an Associated Press Spot News Award for her coverage of an Amtrak train crash in Boston and has twice received awards from Parents of Murdered Children for her coverage of juvenile justice issues.

Maddie Powell is a Boston University student studying Journalism and International Relations. Previously she worked as a research intern at the Center for International Media Assistance. She is the president of the BU Debate Society and is learning to speak Swahili.

 

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