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news war coming february 13 2007
lowell bergman

About Lowell Bergman

Lowell Bergman, the correspondent on News War, has a long and distinguished 38-year career as a reporter. He is well known for his investigative pieces for 60 Minutes, The New York Times and FRONTLINE. Bergman lives and works out of Berkeley, Calif., where he was recently appointed the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Professor of Investigative Journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where he has taught a seminar dedicated to investigative reporting for 15 years.

Bergman began in the late 1960s as a freelance reporter for the weekly San Diego Street Journal, as well as for Ramparts and then the San Francisco Examiner. He was an associate editor at Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s.

In 1977, he helped found the Center for Investigative Reporting after he was part of the reporting team that traveled to Arizona in response to the assassination of Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles. Their collective work in response to Bolles' death led to the founding of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

From 1978 until 1983, Bergman was a producer, reporter and then executive in charge of investigative reporting at ABC News. He was one of the original producers of 20/20. In 1983, Bergman joined CBS News as a producer for the weekly newsmagazine 60 Minutes, where over the course of 14 years he produced more than 50 stories. The story of his investigation of the tobacco industry for 60 Minutes was chronicled in the Academy Award-nominated feature film The Insider.

Bergman next forged an alliance between The New York Times and FRONTLINE for a number of award-winning projects -- all with print, broadcast and online components -- and integrates his graduate students in the research and reporting in both mediums as well as in the preparation of extensive Web sites. He worked as a contract reporter for The New York Times from 1999 until May 2006.

Mr. Bergman has received top honors in both print and broadcasting, including the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, awarded to The New York Times in 2004 for "A Dangerous Business," which detailed a record of egregious worker safety violations coupled with the systematic violation of environmental laws in the iron sewer and water pipe industry.

He is also the recipient of numerous Emmys and other honors, including five duPont-Columbia University Silver and Gold Batons, three Peabodys, a Writers Guild Award, the National Press Club Consumer Journalism Award for Television, a Polk Award, a Sidney Hillman Award for labor reporting and the James Madison Freedom of Information Award for career achievement from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Bergman graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a graduate fellow in philosophy at UC San Diego.

Special Note: As the News War project went into production, Bergman left The New York Times and during the project was employed by the University of California and FRONTLINE.

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