International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

The World’s Best Cross-Border Investigative Team

Australian businessman makes major investment in international investigative journalism


$1.5 million grant from entrepreneur and philanthropist Graeme Wood will increase global reporting capacity and create investigative journalism fellowship program 

WASHINGTON, DC (July 2)The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a project of the Center for Public Integrity, today announced the largest grant from an individual in its 15-year history.  Sydney philanthropist and businessman Graeme Wood, founder of the online publication The Global Mail, has pledged $1.5 million to ICIJ over the next three years to bolster its cross-border investigative reporting capacity.

Wood was elected a member of the Center for Public Integrity’s Board of Directors at their June 21st meeting in New York.

“On behalf of The Center for Public Integrity and ICIJ, we are tremendously motivated by Mr. Wood’s gift designed to strengthen our international collaborations with other investigative institutions,” said the Center’s Executive Director Bill Buzenberg. “A new research desk, fellowship program, and above all more reporting capacity will fortify ICIJ’s unique cross-border investigative work. We are very grateful for this important backing and Mr. Wood’s membership on our Board.”

The Australian entrepreneur is also the key backer of The Guardian newspaper’s new digital edition in Australia, and founder of, Australia’s leading travel website. An environmentalist and advocate of government transparency, Wood is additionally the founder of not-for-profit Wild Mob which engages young people in environmental conservation and Artology, which develops the creative potential of young people through experiential learning in the Arts.

The Global Mail will become the first institutional member of ICIJ for the next three years. Wood says “The institutional membership of ICIJ will accelerate The Global Mail’s move into major investigative journalism projects, a specialization that is on the decline in traditional media organizations.”

This action kicks off ICIJ’s initiative to align with other media outlets so they can become contributing partners with ICIJ as institutional members.  ICIJ plans to add about ten institutional memberships in the next 24 months.

ICIJ is recognized most recently as the journalistic organization that cracked open the historically impenetrable world of offshore tax havens with its massive Offshore Leaks project, Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze, based on a cache of 2.5 million leaked files. The project has already had an enormous global impact, along with the release of the ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database which allows users to search through more than 100,000 secret companies, trusts, and funds created in offshore locales such as the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, and Singapore.

The new year-long ICIJ Global Investigative Journalism Fellowship program, launched thanks to Wood’s gift, will begin in January, 2014. The program will provide investigative training for international journalism fellows, beginning with a yet-to-be-named fellow from Australia.

The new ICIJ research desk is expected to be up and running this fall. The research desk and data library will be a go-to resource for institutional members and the more than 160 ICIJ members worldwide. The desk will support the network with data and documents and their usage, along with other assistance on a case-by-case basis.


About the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is an active global network of 160 reporters in more than 60 countries who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories.  Founded in 1997, ICIJ was launched as a project of the Center for Public Integrity to extend the Center’s style of watchdog journalism, focusing on issues that do not stop at national frontiers: cross-border crime, corruption, and the accountability of power. Backed by the Center and its computer-assisted reporting specialists, public records experts, fact-checkers and lawyers, ICIJ reporters and editors provide real-time resources and state-of-the-art tools and techniques to journalists around the world.

About the Center for Public Integrity

Founded in 1989 by Charles Lewis, the Center for Public Integrity is one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations.  Our mission: to enhance democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.


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Our Staff

Gerard Ryle

Gerard Ryle leads the ICIJ’s headquarters staff in Washington, D.C., as well as overseeing the consortium’s more than 190 member journalists in more than 65 countries. Before joining as the ICIJ’s first non-American director in September 2011, Ryle spent 26 years working as a reporter, investigative reporter and editor in Australia and Ireland, including two decades at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers. He uncovered some of the biggest stories in Australian journalism, winning that country’s highest journalism award four times. He is a former deputy editor of The Canberra Times and a former Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. He is the author of a critically acclaimed book based on one of his former investigations, Firepower, and has contributed to two other books on journalism, published in the U.S. and Australia.

Marina Walker Guevara

Deputy Director
Marina Walker Guevara is ICIJ’s deputy director. Over a 20-year career, she has investigated environmental degradation by mining companies, the global offshore economy, the illicit tobacco trade and the criminal networks that are depleting the world’s oceans, among other topics. Her stories have appeared in leading international media, including The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, Le Monde and the BBC. Walker Guevara has managed some of journalism’s most consequential investigations on global corruption, including the Panama Papers, which involved more than 370 reporters in 76 countries and shook governments and businesses across the world. Other investigations include Swiss Leaks, Luxembourg Leaks and Offshore Leaks. A native of Argentina, Walker Guevara’s investigations have won or shared more than 40 national and international journalism awards, including a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting and honors from Long Island University’s George Polk Awards, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Overseas Press Club, Bartlett and Steele Awards, and Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Award for distinguished Latin American reporting (special citation).

Michael Hudson

Senior Editor
Michael Hudson is a senior editor at ICIJ. He has been an editor and reporter at the ICIJ since 2012, working on ICIJ’s ground-breaking investigations of offshore financial secrecy and the global trade in human tissue, and leading ICIJ's World Bank investigation. He previously worked as a reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, the Wall Street Journal and the Roanoke (Va.) Times and as investigative editor for Southern Exposure Magazine. His work has also appeared in Forbes, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Le Monde, El País and many other publications. His two decades of reporting on mortgage and banking fraud has prompted media observers to call him the reporter “who beat the world on subprime abuses,” the “guru of all things predatory lending” and the “Woodward/Bernstein of the mortgage crisis.” His reporting has won or shared many honors, including an Investigative Editors and Reporters Award, a Sigma Delta Chi Award, two George Polk Awards, a John Hancock Award for business journalism and accolades from the National Press Club, the White House Correspondents’ Association, the American Bar Association, the New York Press Club and the New York State Society of CPAs. His most recent book, The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America—and Spawned a Global Crisis (Times Books, 2010), was named Baltimore City Paper Book of the Year and was called “essential reading for anyone concerned with the mortgage crisis” by Library Journal.

Sasha Chavkin

Sasha Chavkin is a reporter for ICIJ. He was ICIJ's lead reporter for the Evicted & Abandoned investigation which revealed massive forced displacement caused by projects funded by the World Bank. He was also the lead reporter for ICIJ and Center for Public Integrity's award-winning Island of the Widows and Mystery in the Fields projects, which examined a mysterious form of kidney disease that is killing agricultural workers across continents. He has previously written for ProPublica, Columbia Journalism Review, and the New York World, an investigative website covering New York. Sasha has reported from countries including Ethiopia, South Sudan, Honduras and Sri Lanka and his work has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Environmental Journalists and the Sidney Hillman Foundation. He holds masters degrees from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and School of International and Public Affairs.

Mar Cabra

Editor, Data & Research Unit (Madrid, Spain)
Mar Cabra is the head of the Data & Research Unit, which produces the organization's key data work and also develops tools for better collaborative investigative journalism. She has been an ICIJ staff member since 2011, and is also a member of the network. Mar fell in love with data while being a Fulbright scholar and fellow at the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University in 2009/2010. Since then, she's promoted data journalism in her native Spain, co-creating the first ever masters degree on investigative reporting, data journalism and visualization and the national data journalism conference, which gathers more than 500 people every year. She previously worked in television (BBC, CCN+ and laSexta Noticias) and her work has been featured in the International Herald Tribune, The Huffington Post, PBS, El País, El Mundo or El Confidencial, among others. In 2012 she received the Spanish Larra Award to the country's most promising journalist under 30. (PGP public key)

Emilia Díaz-Struck

Research Editor
Emilia Díaz-Struck is the lead researcher for ICIJ's cross-border investigations. She is a professor of journalism at the Central University of Venezuela, and also co-founded Venezuelan news website Emilia has been a contributor for the Washington Post, and has also written for the magazine Poder y Negocios and Venezuelan newspapers El Universal and El Mundo. She was previously the investigative reporting coordinator at the Press and Society Institute of Venezuela, and in 2012 was Reporter in Residence at the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University and Connectas, a journalistic platform for the Americas. Emilia has taken part in cross-border investigations such as: ICIJ's Offshore Leaks, Luxembourg Leaks and Swiss Leaks projects; a collaboration between journalists from 5 countries that revealed the illicit trade of coltan; and a collaboration with Costa Rica's La Nación newspaper on a real estate scandal involving a former Venezuelan magistrate who fled ahead of an arrest warrant. She is a former fellow at the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Among her awards is the Latin-American Prize for Thesis in Communication from the Latin American Federation of Social Communication Faculties.

Hamish Boland-Rudder

Online Editor
Hamish Boland-Rudder is ICIJ’s online editor. He spent two years running the breaking news website for The Canberra Times in Australia, which included coordinating digital coverage of elections, major sporting events, and live coverage of significant natural disasters. Hamish also instituted new digital reporting rounds for the daily newsroom, and has himself spent time as a reporter writing for The Canberra Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Korea Herald, and various other publications. He studied at the University of Sydney where he was awarded the Helen Newborn Bennett prize for history, and was granted an Australia-Korea Foundation fellowship.

Rigoberto Carvajal

Data Analyst (San José, Costa Rica)
Rigoberto Carvajal is ICIJ’s data expert. He graduated from the Costa Rica Institute of Technology as a computer engineer, and has strong experience in software development and database administration and analysis. He is passionate about database technologies for business intelligence, but he discovered it can be even more rewarding to utilize all these powerful data tools in a newsroom, contributing to stories that have a global impact. Before joining ICIJ Rigo was chief analyst in the investigative unit of Costa Rica’s La Nación, where his team developed impressive data journalism projects under the guidance of award-winning data journalist Giannina Segnini. His first project for ICIJ was the data transformation of the flat Offshore Leaks database into an interactive web application which let journalists and members of the public from all around the globe explore the complex and secretive networks of the offshore world.

Matthew Caruana Galizia

Software Engineer/Data Journalist (Paris, France)
Matthew Caruana Galizia is a software engineer and data journalist. He holds a joint postgraduate degree from the Danish School of Journalism and City University London and was a Carnegie-Knight fellow at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. While working at FT Labs, he was a core developer on several products for the Pearson publishing group, including the FT Web App FT Tilt and the Economist web app. Prior to joining the ICIJ, he worked with an investigative data journalism team led by Giannina Segnini at La Nación, in Costa Rica.

Will Fitzgibbon

Reporter and Africa Desk Coordinator
Will Fitzgibbon is a reporter for ICIJ. In 2014, Will was ICIJ’s first Investigative Journalism Fellow. He was a reporter on ICIJ's Swiss Leaks project and heads ICIJ's Africa Desk, coordinating and expanding ICIJ's collaboration with journalists across Africa. Before coming to Washington, he worked at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) in London where his work on politics, the finance industry and housing appeared in The Guardian and The Observer. He studied at the London School of Economics, Sciences-Po Paris and The Australian National University.

Cecile S. Gallego

Data Journalist
Cecile S. Gallego is a data journalist and researcher for ICIJ. She graduated in 2014 from Columbia Journalism School (US) and Sciences Po Journalism School (France) with a master's degree in investigative reporting. She is a 2014-2015 Brown Institute Magic Grantee, working on a investigative data project aiming at making financial statements of public companies more transparent and more accessible to journalists. She previously contributed to the French webzine

Miguel Fiandor

Web & Data Applications Developer (Madrid, Spain)
Miguel Fiandor is a web and data application developer in ICIJ’s Data Unit. He graduated from the Polytechnic University of Madrid as computer engineer. Miguel spent two years working in the private sector after acquiring a masters degree in renewable energies, but then decided to dive into the world of data and entrepreneurism with a personal project. He created an open data website for Spanish public administrations accounts named ‘Transparencia de Cuentas Públicas.’ Since joining ICIJ in 2015, Miguel has been involved in technical projects for ICIJ’s Data Unit, including ICIJ’s Panama Papers investigation. He has developed tools for data cleaning, transformation and analysis, and also works on web and database development and other data processing.

Pierre Romera

Developer/Data Journalist (Paris, France)

Pierre Romera is a developer and data journalist in ICIJ's Data Unit, where he builds interactive stories and tools. He's also associate professor at Sciences Po, where he teaches computer science to journalists. Before joining ICIJ, Pierre was the chief technology officer and co-founder of Journalism++, an award-wining organization that led major investigations in Europe. Pierre and his team created data visualizations, interactive stories and tools in partnership with large media outlets such as AFP, France Télévision, ARTE, Wikileaks and Google. Their project, The Migrants' Files, won several prestigious prizes, including the European Press Prize. He was also a data journalism pioneer in France at OWNI, where part of his work was awarded an ONA prize in 2010. A self-taught programmer and journalist, he took part in thousands of open source projects and animated more than 1000 hours of training courses.

Scilla Alecci

Reporter and Asia Desk Coordinator
Scilla Alecci is an investigative reporter and video journalist for ICIJ. Scilla heads ICIJ's Asia Desk, coordinating the investigative work of ICIJ's partners and members in Asia. A native of Italy, before coming to the U.S., Scilla was based in Tokyo where she worked for Bloomberg News and other news organizations. In 2016 she was a member of the Japanese reporting team that took part in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers investigation, and she recently published a book in Japanese about the project. Her work has also been published by the New York Times, the Huffington Post, the Japanese magazine Shukan Asahi and others. Scilla holds master's degrees in East Asian studies, and journalism, and is a member of Italian investigative journalism center IRPI (Investigative Reporting Project Italy.) In addition to being a reporter with ICIJ, Scilla was invited to become an ICIJ member in 2017.

Martha M. Hamilton

Martha M. Hamilton is an editor and writer for ICIJ. She was a writer, Wall Street and corporate crime editor, and personal finance columnist for The Washington Post until 2008. Since then she has worked as deputy editor for PolitiFact and written for publications including the Columbia Journalism Review and National Geographic News. She is an editor of Best Business Writing 2014.

Tom Stites

Consulting Editor
Tom Stites is an ICIJ consulting editor. In 2007 he shared a Sigma Delta Chi Award and a first place award from Investigative Reporters and Editors for his role as primary writer of "Collateral Damage: Human Rights & U.S. Military Aid Before & After 9/11," a 50,000-word ICIJ project. Newspaper positions Tom has held include national correspondent, national editor, and associate managing editor for project reporting at The Chicago Tribune; night national editor of The New York Times, and managing editor of The Kansas City Times. Reporting he has supervised has won an array of major journalism awards including the Pulitzer Prize. He has held two Harvard fellowships, at Harvard Divinity School and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Richard H.P. Sia

Associate Editor
Richard H.P. Sia is associate editor for ICIJ and served as its principal fact-checker on the Pulitzer Prize winning Panama Papers investigation. Sia previously was a managing editor of National Journal and senior editor of National Journal’s CongressDaily, where he directed special projects and coverage of defense, homeland security, government oversight and telecommunications. He has reported for The Honolulu Advertiser and The Baltimore Sun, where he was a Pulitzer Prize nominee in 1984, and worked as State House correspondent and Pentagon correspondent. As Washington correspondent for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Sia won a 1996 National Press Club award and was part of a team that received an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1998 for the PBS Frontline documentary, "Hot Guns." He also served as senior managing editor of LEGI-SLATE News Service, an online subsidiary of the Washington Post Co. that became part of National Journal Group in 1999. Sia grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, graduated from Punahou School and received a B.A. degree in government with honors from Harvard University in 1975.

ICIJ Board

Sheila Coronel became an ICIJ board member in 2017 and currently serves as chair of the board. She is also an ICIJ member.

Coronel is director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University in New York.

Coronel began her reporting career in 1982 on the Philippine Panorama and later joined the Manila Times; she also wrote for the Manila Chronicle. As a stringer for the New York Times and the Guardian (London), she covered seven attempted coups d’etat against the Aquino government. In 1989, Coronel cofounded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism to promote investigative reporting and groundbreaking reporting on major social issues, including the military, poverty, and corruption.

She is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including Coups, Cults & Cannibals, The Rule-makers: How the Wealthy and Well-Born Dominate Congress, and Pork and other Perks: Corruption and Governance in the Philippines.

She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism in 2003.

She blogs on international investigative reporting at Watchdog Watcher.

Alexander Papachristou became an ICIJ board member in 2017 and currently serves as secretary of the board.

Papachristou is Executive Director of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice where he leads the Good Governance program, providing pro bono legal representation to anti-corruption and investigative journalism organizations worldwide.

He previously was president of the Near East Foundation, a participatory, community-based economic and social development organization working in Arab and African countries. In an earlier business career, Papachristou served as managing director and general counsel at NCH Capital, Inc, which invests in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe; he lived in Russia from 1989 to 1993, where he opened and ran the Moscow office of White & Case and contributed to the Moscow Times.

Papachristou also worked in the law firm of Clifford & Warnke in Washington, D.C., and was policy assistant to New York Governor Mario C. Cuomo. He served as law clerk to US District Judge Myron H. Thompson in the Middle District of Alabama.

Papachristou is a member of the board of the Media Development Investment Fund and Pure Earth, as well as the advisory council of Bard College's Center for Civic Engagement. In late 2011, The New Press published Blind Goddess: A Race and Justice Reader, which Papachristou edited.

Papachristou received an LL.M and J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. from Princeton University, as well as Arabic language training at the American University in Cairo.

Reginald Chua became an ICIJ board member in 2017 and currently serves as ICIJ's treasurer.

Chua is Executive Editor, Editorial Operations, Data and Innovation at Reuters, based in New York.

Among other duties, he oversees newsroom operations, logistics, budgets, safety and security as well as data and computational journalism, graphics and data visualization and polling. He also works with corporate technology and R&D teams to set newsroom technology priorities and develop capabilities such as content management systems, news automations, language analysis and text generation.

At Reuters, he built a world-class data and computational journalism team from the ground up, conceived and oversaw the creation of the ground-breaking Connected China app, which tracks and visualizes power and relationships among China’s elite, and drove development of Tracer, a machine-learning system that algorithmically detects and verifies newsworthy events on Twitter. He’s also brought new protocols and practices to physical and digital security to the newsroom. He joined Reuters in 2011.

He was previously Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post from 2009 to 2011. Prior to that, he had a 16-year run at The Wall Street Journal, including as a Deputy Managing Editor in New York, where he managed the global newsroom budget, supervised the graphics team, and helped develop the paper’s computer-assisted reporting capabilities. He also ran the Journal’s Hong Kong-based Asian edition for eight years – the edition’s longest-serving editor – opened the paper’s bureau in Hanoi, and was its correspondent in the Philippines. He also worked as the Manila Correspondent for Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper and was a correspondent in Singapore for Reuters. He began his journalism career as a writer for the then-Singapore Broadcasting Corporation, working in radio, TV and documentaries.

A citizen of Singapore, he graduated from the University of Chicago with an A.B. in Mathematics and from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism with a M.S. in Journalism.

Rhona Murphy became an ICIJ board member in 2017.

Murphy is a strategic communications consultant based in Dublin who became an ICIJ board member in 2017. She is a non-executive director of The Irish Times, a trustee of the Irish Modern Dance Theatre and on the advisory board of the Blackstone LaunchPad at Trinity College.

Murphy relocated back to her hometown in 2015 from New York, where she had been the CEO of The Daily Beast and the Interim CEO at Newsweek. Prior to that she had been the Global Publisher of Newsweek and before that she worked for Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal in New York and Singapore.

She started her media career in London at The Times and Sunday Times after graduating from Trinity College Dublin.

Advisory Committee

Bill Kovach, United States, former curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and an American newspaperman for 30 years, is the North American representative and chair of the ICIJ Advisory Committee.

Kovach has been a journalist and writer for 40 years, including 18 years as a reporter and editor for The New York Times. As an editor, Kovach supervised reporting projects that won four Pulitzer Prizes, including two during his two-year tenure as editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the first Pulitzers awarded to that paper in 20 years.

Kovach was a 1988-89 Nieman fellow at Harvard University and remained as curator of the Nieman Foundation journalism fellowship program until 2000.

Among his many other awards are the Sigma Delta Chi Award for contributions to journalism research in 2000, the National Mental Health Award in 1968, the New York State Bar Association Award in 1968, the AEJMC Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award in 1992, the Sigma Delta Chi First Amendment Award in 1996, the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2000, and the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award, which was accompanied by an honorary doctorate from Colby College.

Kovach served on Pulitzer juries from 1987-1990 and is a board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

He is co-author of Warp Speed: America in the Age of Mixed Media, The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect, and Blur: How to Know What's True in the Age of Information Overload.

Kovach is a long-time advisory board member of the Center for Public Integrity.

Charles Lewis, United States, is a tenured professor of journalism and founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University in Washington, D.C.

He has been a national investigative journalist for more than 30 years, and is the founder of the Center for Public Integrity and its International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Lewis left a successful career as a producer for ABC News and the CBS News program 60 Minutes and began the Center, which under his 15-year leadership published roughly 300 investigative reports, including 14 books, its work honored more than 30 times by national journalism organizations.

He is the co-author of five Center books, including the bestseller, The Buying of the President 2004, and author of 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America's Moral Integrity (June 2014). He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1998 and the PEN USA First Amendment award in 2004.

Lewis co-founded the Fund for Independence in Journalism in 2003, which he led as its president for five years, and Global Integrity in 2005.

He has been a Ferris Professor at Princeton University and a Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Rosental Calmon Alves, United States/Brazil, is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the first John S. & James L. Knight Chair in International Journalism. For a decade, Alves worked as a foreign correspondent for Brazil’s daily newspaper, Jornal do Brasil, reporting from Spain, Argentina, Mexico, and the United States. He taught journalism at two Rio de Janeiro universities and in 1987-88 became the first Brazilian to be selected as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. As a correspondent and editor, he has participated in or directed several investigative reporting projects. Alves is the Latin American representative on the Advisory Committee.

Gwen Lister, Namibia, founded The Namibian in 1985 during apartheid colonialism in the country. The newspaper and staff were consistently targeted by right-wing elements and security forces because of the perception that the newspaper supported the liberation movement. Lister was jailed twice, in 1984 under the Official Secrets Act, and in June 1988, when she was detained without trial and denied access to a lawyer. Authorities jailed her the second time in an attempt to force her to reveal the source of a secret document she had published, which proposed sweeping new powers for the police. She was four months pregnant at the time. Attacks on the newspaper and harassment of its staff culminated in an arson attack that destroyed the offices of The Namibian in October 1988.

After independence in 1990, the newspaper was again targeted by right-wing elements after a front-page report about a possible coup attempt against the new government. The editorial offices were damaged in a phosphorous grenade firebombing. In these and other bombings, The Namibian never missed an edition.

The role of The Namibian in pre-independence Namibia has been honored by a number of international awards. In 2000, Lister was named one of 50 World Press Freedom Heroes of the last half century by the International Press Institute. In 1992, she was awarded a Committee to Protect Journalists’ International Press Freedom Award and the Press Freedom Award of the Media Institute of South Africa.

In October 2011, after 26 years at the helm of The Namibian Lister handed over the reins to Tangeni Amupadhi. At the same time she formalized the non-profit Namibia Media Trust which owns the newpaper, and appointed other Trustees. Lister is Executive Director of The Free Press of Namibia (Pty) Ltd and Chairs the Trust - in terms of which the profits of The Namibian are ploughed back into promotion of free and independent press, excellence and training in journalism in the wider media community.

Lister was a 1996 Nieman fellow at Harvard.

Goenawan Mohamad, Indonesia, is founder and editor of Tempo magazine, Indonesia's most-respected newsmagazine. It was banned by the Suharto government in 1994 after publishing details of the government’s purchase of aging East German destroyers, a confidential subject of dispute among Suharto’s cabinet members. In 1995, Mohamad founded the Institute for the Studies on Free Flow of Information (ISAI) which produced alternative media intended to circumvent censorship. Mohamad later formed the Alliance of Independent Journalists, the only independent journalism organization in Indonesia. Following Suharto’s resignation in May 1998, Mohamad led a group of reporters in restarting Tempo online and in print. Mohamad was a 1990 Nieman fellow at Harvard University and in 1997 received the Nieman fellows’ Louis Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism. In 1998, he was awarded the Committee to Protect Journalists’ International Press Freedom Award. Mohamad is a visiting history professor at the University of California at Berkeley this year, where he will teach courses in Indonesian and Southeast Asian culture. Mohamad is the Asian representative on the Advisory Committee.

Brant Houston, United States, is a journalism professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he holds the John S. & James L. Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting. Houston served for more than 10 years as executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), a nonprofit organization of more than 4,000 members, and as a professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He co-founded the Global Investigative Journalism Network in 2003 and is chair of the recently formed Investigative News Network. Before joining IRE, Houston was an award-winning investigative reporter for 17 years at metropolitan papers in the United States. He is author of Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide and co-author of The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook. He has taught investigative reporting and computer-assisted reporting in more than a dozen countries.

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