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Advisory Board

Dan Fagin

Dan Fagin is the director of the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, where he also teaches environmental reporting. For 14 years he was the environment writer at Newsday, where he was a principal member of two reporting teams that were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. His stories on cancer epidemiology in 2003 won both of the best-known science journalism prizes in the United States, from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Association of Science Writers. He is the co-author of the book Toxic Deception (1997), which was a finalist for the Investigative Reporters and Editors book-of-the-year award. He is currently at work on a book for Random House that intertwines three related story lines: the history of environmental cancer epidemiology, the half-century saga of the Toms River, New Jersey, childhood cancer cluster, and current research into gene-environment interactions in cancer. Fagin has been a Templeton-Cambridge Fellow in Science and Religion at Cambridge University and has also held fellowships at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and the Institute of Arctic Biology in Alaska. He is a former president of the 1,500-member Society of Environmental Journalists.

 

Don Fry

Don Fry, an independent writing coach, helps writers write better, editors edit better, and managers organize better. Don has had two careers, first as an English professor and then in journalism. He headed the writing and ethics faculties at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, and edited the Institute's series Best Newspaper Writing. In 1994, Don became an independent writing coach, working with newspapers and magazines, radio and television stations, and non-profit organizations. He has spread the idea of coaching throughout the world, especially in Singapore, Scandinavia, and South Africa. Don has just published  “Writing Your Way, Creating Your own Writing Process that Works for You” (Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest, 2012). The book is available from local bookstores and from Amazon in print and Kindle versions.

 

Arthur Klebanoff

Arthur Klebanoff, the CEO of RosettaBooks, is also the owner and president of the Scott Meredith Literary Agency and has been a leading literary agent and influential presence in the publishing industry for over 35 years. As a literary agent, he has handled books with over $1 billion in retail sales. He has represented a broad range of authors and publishing programs, including Michael Bloomberg, Danielle Steel, Bill Bradley, Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Judith Krantz, Richard Nixon, Civil War artist Mort Kunstler, Daniel Patrick Moynihan (for whom he worked in the White House between college and law school), and the Mayo Clinic. Klebanoff is a graduate of Harvard Law School (Law Review, 1972) and Yale University (where he won the Alpheus Henry Snow Prize for "inspiring in his classmates an admiration and love for the best traditions of high scholarship"). He is an advisor to the award winning not for profit Youth Communication, which creates short, nonfiction stories that appeal to hard-to- reach teens. Klebanoff is also the author of the book “The Agent: Personalities, Politics and Publishing" (2002).

 

Simon K.C. Li

Simon K.C. Li is also a member of our Board of Directors. Please refer to his bio here.

 

Richard Louv

Richard Louv is the author of eight books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle: Reconnecting to Life in a Virtual Age. He is the recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal; past recipients have included Rachel Carson, E.O. Wilson and Jimmy Carter. He is chairman emeritus and co-founder of the Children & Nature Network, an international nonprofit organization helping build movement to connect children, their families and communities to the natural world. He has served as an adviser to the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World award program, is a member of the Citistates Group, appears often on national radio and television programs, and speaks frequently in the United States and overseas. He is also a member of the board of directors of ecoAmerica. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other newspapers and magazines, and was a columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune and Parents magazine. 

 

Miriam Pawel

Miriam Pawel is a journalist, author and independent historian. She is currently working on the first scholarly biography of Cesar Chavez, a project that grew out of her earlier book, "The Union of Their Dreams - Power, Hope and Struggle in Cesar Chavez's Farm Worker Movement," a narrative history of the movement told through eight key participants. She spent 25 years as a reporter and editor on both coasts,  As an editor, she oversaw staffs at Newsday and the Los Angeles Times that won Pulitzer prizes for the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off the coast of Long Island and the deadly 2003 wildfires in Southern California. As a reporter at the Times, she spent a year working on a four-part investigative series on the United Farm Workers. She left The Times in 2006 to write “The Union of Their Dreams,” supported in part by a fellowship from the Alicia Patterson Foundation. She traces her passion for piecing together the past back to her undergraduate days at Harvard University, where she majored in Classics. A native of Great Neck, N.Y., she now lives in Pasadena.


Richard Tofel

Richard Tofel was the founding general manager of ProPublica from 2007-2012, and became president on January 1, 2013. He has responsibility for all of ProPublica's non-journalism operations, including communications, legal, development, finance and budgeting, and human resources. He was formerly the assistant publisher of The Wall Street Journal and, earlier, an assistant managing editor of the paper, vice president, corporate communications for Dow Jones & Company, and an assistant general counsel of Dow Jones. More recently, he served as vice president, general counsel and secretary of the Rockefeller Foundation, and earlier as president and chief operating officer of the International Freedom Center, a museum and cultural center that was planned for the World Trade Center site. He is the author of "Why American Newspapers Gave Away the Future" (Now and Then Reader, 2012), "Eight Weeks in Washington, 1861: Abraham Lincoln and the Hazards of Transition" (St. Martin's, 2011), "Restless Genius: Barney Kilgore, The Wall Street Journal, and the Invention of Modern Journalism" (St. Martin's, 2009); "Sounding the Trumpet: The Making of John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address" (Ivan R. Dee, 2005), "Vanishing Point: The Disappearance of Judge Crater, and the New York He Left Behind" (Ivan R. Dee, 2004) and "A Legend in the Making: The New York Yankees in 1939" (Ivan R. Dee, 2002).

 

Scott Wahrenbrock

Scott Wahrenbrock spent more than two decades serving as legal counsel to Copley Press, Inc., and worked with reporters and editors for Copley newspapers, including The San Diego Union-Tribune, until Copley sold its assets to a private equity firm. Scott is a true believer in the First Amendment and the people’s right of access to information regarding how the government conducts our business. He is an experienced litigator and is currently a partner in the firm Wahrenbrock & Fanshaw.