A.C. Thompson is a staff reporter at ProPublica. His stories have helped to exonerate two men wrongly convicted of murder, exposed slum conditions in public housing, and sparked multiple ongoing federal investigations.
He was a co-founder of the Chauncey Bailey Project, a collaborative effort by staffers from more than 20 media organizations to examine the 2007 murder of Oakland news editor Chauncey Bailey.
Before becoming a journalist, Thompson worked in locked juvenile detention facilities, an experience that prompted him to focus his reporting on the criminal justice system, poverty, and human rights.
Petra Bartosiewicz is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, NY. Her forthcoming book, The Best Terrorists We Could Find, an investigation of terrorism trials in the U.S. since 9/11, will be published by Nation Books in 2010. She has written for numerous publications, including The Nation, Mother Jones, The New York Times, Salon.com and Hustler, and has worked in radio for the weekly program, This American Life, where her 2005 piece, “The Arms Trader,” was a finalist for the Livingston Awards and Scripps Howard Awards, and another piece, “The Prosecutor,” won the 2009 Newswomen’s Club of New York Award. She got her start in journalism at The New York Observer and later attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Reporting support for this article came from the Alicia Patterson Foundation and the Henry Demarest Lloyd Investigative Fund.
Chris Vogel, Houston Press
Chris Vogel is a native of Washington, D.C. and graduate of Occidental College and Griffith College in Dublin, Ireland, previously reported for Washingtonian Magazine, Bethesda Magazine, the Albuquerque Journal, and the Clovis News-Journal. Winner of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s PASS Award, he has been a finalist for The Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards, Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, and the National Association of Black Journalists.