Joe Bergantino is director of and senior investigative reporter for the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University. Bergantino has been a national and local investigative reporter for almost 30 years. He spent most of his career as the I-Team Reporter for WBZ-TV in Boston.
Maddy Corson is the former chairman of Guy Gannett, the Portland-based media company that owned newspapers, including the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel, and several TV stations. She has served on the advisory boards of educational institutions such as the University of New England, and as a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Maine Law School.
Chris Harte is a veteran newspaperman who has been publisher of the Portland Press Herald, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Akron(Ohio) Beacon Journal and an executive at Knight Ridder Newspapers. He lives in Maine and Austin, Texas.
Adam Hochschild is the author of six books and of many articles in Mother Jones, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic and other magazines, writing most often on human rights issues. His books include “Half the Way Home,” “Finding the Trapdoor,” “King Leopold’s Ghost” and “Bury the Chains.” He and his sociologist wife, Arlie, write in the summer months in Turner, Maine, living on land her ancestors started farming in the 1790s.
Robert A. G. Monks is a pioneering shareholder activist and one of the founders of the field of Corporate Governance. He is referred to by The Economist and Fortune magazines as the leading shareholder activist and governance advocate in the world. He was a general partner in the Boston, Massachusetts, law firm of Goodwin Procter & Hoar. Subsequent to the full-time practice of law, he has had careers in business (CEO of C. H. Sprague & Son Company – coal and oil distribution), investments (principal of Gardner Associates and Chairman of the Board of the Boston Company and Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company), and state government administration (energy commissioner for the State of Maine, chairman of two commissions to oversee the administration of the Maine State Retirement System appointed by Gov. Jock McKernan). Monks also has served in federal government administration as founding trustee of the Federal Employees’ Retirement System and a director of the United States Synthetic Fuels Corporation both by appointment of President Reagan, and administrator (office is now assistant secretary) of the Office of Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration (Department of Labor) in charge of overseeing the private pension system in the United States.
Matthew V. Storin is the chief communications executive at the University of Notre Dame and was editor of The Boston Globe from 1993 to 2001. From 2002 to 2006 he was associate vice president for news and information at the University of Notre Dame, and from 2004 to 2010 he was an adjunct professor in the Gallivan Program for Journalism, Ethics and Democracy. Storin began his journalism career in 1964 at the Springfield (MA) Daily News and, beginning in 1965, covered Congress for the Griffin-Larrabee News Bureau, a regional news service. He joined the Globe’s Washington Bureau in 1969. In two stints at the Globe, covering 25 years, he served as Congressional correspondent, White House correspondent, Asian bureau chief, and held several other senior editing posts. He also was editor of Maine Times, editor and senior vice president of the Chicago Sun-Times and executive editor of the Daily News in New York.
Barbara Walsh is A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who worked as a reporter for 28 years in Massachusetts, Florida, Maine, New Hampshire and Ireland. Now a columnist for Raising Maine magazine, Walsh, a Winthrop resident, is collaborating with Jamie Wyeth on a children’s book due out next year. She is also working on August Gale, a book about a 1935 Newfoundland fishing tragedy that claimed several of her sea-faring ancestors, which is expected to be published in 2012.
Warren Watson is executive director of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, based at Arizona State University. Watson is a veteran newspaper editor, the former vice president of the American Press Institute and, most recently, the director of J-Ideas, at Ball State University. Watson is former executive editor of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel and former managing editor of the Portland Press Herald.
Gordon Weil is an author, publisher, consultant and newspaper columnist who was Maine’s first Public Advocate, a position created to protect the public’s interest in utility regulation. He is the author of, “Blackout: How the Electric Industry Exploits America.” Weil was also a correspondent for the Washington Post, Newsweek and Paris Herald-Tribune and a long-time columnist for the Financial Times. He is also a selectman in Harpswell, Maine.