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.
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.
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 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.
Ronn Smith is a fundraiser, independent consultant and writer. He has extensive experience in strategy planning and implementation; fundraising from foundations, corporations, federal agencies and international constituencies; program development; project management; and individual/group coaching. Prior to setting up his own consulting practice, Ronn served as a Senior Program Manager at WGBH Educational Foundation (where he raised funds for Frontline, Lifestyles, NOVA and American Experience, plus a variety of non-broadcast projects), Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Rhode Island School of Design (where he raised funds for both museum exhibitions and academic programs), and Director of Institutional Support at New England Conservatory of Music. Ronn currently provides consulting services for individuals, media-makers and a variety of tax-exempt organizations focused on humanitarian, educational, or cultural 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.
Steph Solis is a senior at Boston University’s College of Communication studying journalism and American studies. She has experience in covering spot news, disasters and courts. She is also highly interested in data journalism and data visualization. Steph served as the fall 2012 editor-in-chief of The Daily Free Press and currently serves on the Board of Directors as the recruitment chair. She has previously interned at USA TODAY, the Christian Science Monitor, the Home News Tribune in New Jersey and Sandow Media.
Regine Sarah Capungan is a sophomore at Boston University studying journalism and international relations. She participated in the 2011 NECIR Summer High School Workshop after receiving a scholarship from the McCormick Foundation and began interning at NECIR in Fall 2012. In addition to her work at the center, Sarah serves as layout editor and beat reporter for The Daily Free Press.
Alicia Juang is an intern at NECIR and the Environmental League of Massachusetts. She is on a gap year exploring various interests and fields before entering her freshman year at Harvard next fall. In the past, she has interned at PRI’s Living on Earth and served as an editor on her high school paper. Her latest project (ppm-mag.org) is a just-launched attempt to engage teens in conversation about environmental issues. Return to Top