The University of Michigan has an exciting new “teach out” program, where faculty experts are creating mini courses that will available to thousands of people for free, online.

It’s modeled after the “teach ins” that began at the university during the 1960s, but with a modern twist. We have the potential to reach a much wider audience with professionally-designed courses. [click to continue…]


I spoke with Michigan Today about “fake news,” propaganda, and attacks on the press. You can listen to the full interview here:

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Ag Gag Laws, Body Cam Laws, & the Right to Know

March 18, 2017

I’m honored to be speaking at the University of North Carolina Parr Center for Ethics this week, alongside Richard Myers of UNC Law: For Their Eyes Only: ag-gag laws, body cam laws, and the right to know Thursday, March 23, 6:00-7:30pm, UNC Chapel Hill — Caldwell Hall 105 Many states are passing laws that restrict […]

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A free press is a reflection of a free society

March 7, 2017

This is part of a new project at TED called “Hidden Voices.” One of my first reporting jobs was at the Texas Observer, a respected muckraking magazine in a state with its fair share of muck. The old office had a poster of a printing press on the wall with the words: “The tyrant’s foe, […]

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From Protester to Terrorist: The Mechanisms of State Repression

February 14, 2017

I’m honored to announce I’ll be delivering the Howard R. Marsh Lecture at the University of Michigan next month. Unfortunately my work is more timely than ever, as we’re witnessing a rapidly-accelerating crackdown on civil liberties and press freedoms under the Trump administration. In my lecture—”From Protester to ‘Terrorist’: The Mechanisms of State Repression—I will […]

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Andrew Solomon: “Secret prisons: a vulnerability masquerading as a defense”

February 14, 2017

There are few writers and advocates who have had such a profound impact on my work, both professionally and personally, as Andrew Solomon. I have drawn consistent inspiration from his ability to combine lyrical prose, a commitment to civil liberties and human rights advocacy, and a powerful, personal voice. And as I have spoken about […]

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Leaks, Whistleblowers, and Big Data: Collaborative Journalism Across Borders

February 13, 2017

  I’m honored to be part of this historic event at the University of Michigan this month. I’ll be hosting a discussion with the investigative journalists behind some of the biggest data leaks and whistleblowing in history. The panel includes Bastian Obermayer, who broke the Panama Papers, Edouard Perrin and Laurent Richard from France, who […]

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I’ll be hosting a discussion at Sundance about animal cruelty investigations

January 2, 2017

I’m happy to announce that a new, virtual reality investigation of factory farming will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this month, and I’ll be hosting a discussion about how advocacy groups are using this new technology. The film, “Operation Aspen,” was created by Condition One, the leader in virtual reality filming. Condition […]

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Exclusive TED interview on the #NoDAPL Protests

November 12, 2016

Last week I dropped everything and flew to New York to host a TED Live broadcast, interviewing photographer Camille Seaman about the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock. Camille had recently returned from Standing Rock, where she spent a month documenting the growing indigenous-led movement there. She shared photographs and video that […]

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Reporting on Secret Prisons Named One of Top Stories of the Year

October 31, 2016

I’m happy to announce that my reporting on Communications Management Units has been named one of the top investigative journalism projects of 2015-2016 by Project Censored. Project Censored has been creating the annual list since 1976. This year they “reviewed 235 Validated Independent News stories (VINs) representing the collective efforts of 221 college students and […]

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