Lecturers

David E. Kaplan
David E. Kaplan
Washington DC, US

David Kaplan is executive director of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, with 145 member organizations in 62 countries.

He has worked as an investigative journalist for over 30 years, reported from two dozen countries, and won or shared over 25 awards. During the 1980s, at the original Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco, he and his colleagues developed the model of a non-profit investigative newsroom. In 2008, Kaplan became editorial director of the Center for Public Integrity, where he rebuilt CPI’s editorial structure and revitalized its data journalism unit. As director of CPI’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, he tripled its funding, expanded its reach into 20 languages, and oversaw major investigations into the tobacco, asbestos, and fishing energy industries. Kaplan is a four-time winner of the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, including three medals, IRE’s highest honor. His books include YAKUZA, on the Japanese mafia, published in 12 languages.

Rosemary Armao
Rosemary Armao
Albany, USA

Rosemary Armao recently returned to work as an editor for the Organized Crime and Corruption Project based in Amman Jordan after an 8 ½ year stint at the State University of New York at Albany in her US hometown.

There she was an associate professor and director of the Journalism Program. She also was a panelist on two programs on public affairs and the media airing on the National Public Radio affiliate WAMC. She has written and edited for six U.S. newspapers and a wire service, taught journalism and writing at five U.S. universities and worked on reporting and media development projects in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. She has written reports on media development for the U.S. State Department. She is a former head of the Journalism and Women’s Symposium and of Investigative Reporters & Editors. She holds degrees from Syracuse and Ohio State universities.

Jennifer LaFleur
Jennifer LaFleur
Emeryville, USA

Jennifer LaFleur is senior editor for data journalism at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

Previously, she was the director of computer-assisted reporting at ProPublica and has held similar roles at The Dallas Morning News, the San Jose Mercury News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors. She has won awards for her coverage of disability, legal and open government issues.

Drew Sullivan
Drew Sullivan
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Drew Sullivan is a veteran journalist and media development specialist who has worked for almost a decade in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

He founded the Center for Investigative Reporting in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2004 and served as director, editor and now advising editor to the organization. He co-founded and served as the first director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Program, a regional consortium of investigative centers, where he now serves as advising editor. He founded the Journalism Development Network, an innovative media development organization with programs worldwide. As a journalist, he led a team of reporters looking at corruption by the Bosnian prime minister, which led to his eventual indictment and resignation. His projects have been awarded the Online Journalism Award for investigative reporting, the Global Shining Light Award for reporting under duress, the Tom Renner award for Crime Reporting and many other international awards. He worked as an investigative reporter for the Tennessean newspaper in Nashville and for the Special Assignment Team of the Associated Press in New York. He has served on the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting. Before becoming a journalist, he was an aerospace engineer on the Space Shuttle Project for Rockwell International Space Systems.

Miranda Patrucic
Miranda Patrucic
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Based in Sarajevo, Miranda Patrucic is an investigative reporter and regional editor for OCCRP focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus.

Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan, uncovering hidden assets of Azerbaijan 's and Montenegro's ruling elites, the €1.2 billion arms trade between Europe and Gulf fuelling conflicts in the Middle East, and ties between organized crime, government and business in Montenegro. She collaborated with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on a project involving tobacco smuggling, the US$ 4 billion black market in endangered bluefin tuna, Swiss Leaks and Panama Papers. She is the recipient of the Knight International Journalism Award, the Global Shining Light Award, IRE Tom Renner Award, the Daniel Pearl Award and European Press Prize. She is much in demand worldwide for training journalists on how to investigate and uncover corruption, money laundering and how to follow the money.

Nils Hanson
Nils Hanson
Gothenburg, Sweden

Nils Hanson is editor of Uppdrag Granskning (Mission Investigate) at public service company Swedish Television (SVT).

The internationally successful investigative TV-program is aired prime time one hour a week, 39 times a year. Nils, a former award winning investigative reporter, has 35 people working with him producing the show. The program makes stories with great impact on Swedish society and has also won many international awards since it started in 2001. Nils Hanson has decades of extensive experience in undertaking and managing advanced investigations. He regularly teaches investigative methods at conferences around the world and has written a book on the subject.

Sanita Jemberga
Sanita Jemberga
Latvia

Sanita has worked in media since 1996.

Between 2011 - 2014 she did brief stint in European Commission when, tired and disillusioned, Sanita had decided quit journalism with intention to have a job instead of the expensive hobby. In 2014, she returned to journalism as executive director and editor on Re:Baltica, the only investigative journalism non-profit in the Baltics. In parallel, she writes scripts for documentaries, teaches in SSE Riga, represents Latvia in UNESCO's IPDC, works as OSCE's media analyst in election observation missions and serves on advisory boards of Baltic Centre for Media Excellence and journalismfund.eu

Inga Spriņģe
Inga Spriņģe
Latvia

Inga is one of the two founders of Re:Baltica, the only investigative journalism non-profit in the Baltics.

She started work in journalism in 1998 at Latvian public broadcaster, and later worked as investigative reporter in “Diena”, the leading Latvian daily at time, specialising in uncovering corruption, smuggling and links to organised crime. As a Fullbright/Humphrey fellow she worked as intern in “Washington Post” and “The Center for Public Integrity.” Upon return to Latvia, she established “Re:Baltica”. Inga is a former host of weekly show “1:1” in Latvian public TV, teaches media literacy in SSE and is deputy head of Latvian Journalists Association.