The faculty at our summer workshop consists of university professors, current reporters for the center, and other award-winning reporters. Below you will find a list of some of the faculty we have had in the past, and expect to have in 2015.

Joe Bergantino

NECIR’s Executive Director is an award-winning investigative reporter with 30 years experience, including 22 years as WBZ-TV’s I-Team Reporter and five years as an ABC News Correspondent.

Joseph Pereira

Pereira is an award winning journalist who has worked as a business and investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal and San Francisco Chronicle. He is currently an education consultant and adjunct professor at Emerson College.

Rochelle Sharpe

Sharpe a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience. Now a freelance writer in Brookline, MA, she’s worked as a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and USA Today. She was a reporter in Washington, D.C. for 13 years, writing extensively about health, labor and various social issues. A pioneer of database journalism, she has used computers to show how the nation’s medical examiners failed to detect child abuse murders. She’s a graduate of Yale University, and has written stories that have led to Congressional hearings and been discussed on Oprah and David Letterman.

Helen F. Smith

Helen is the executive director of the New England Scholastic Press Association. She advised the The Newtonite at Newton North High School for 35 years.

Jenifer McKim

McKim is a Senior Investigative Reporter and Senior Trainer at NECIR who focuses on social issues. Her stories on child fatalities and the state Department of Children and Families were awarded 2016 and 2014 Publick Occurrences awards from the New England Newspaper and Press Association and a 2016 Freedom of Information Award from the New England First Amendment Coalition. She was awarded a 2015 Publick Occurrences award for her stories on homeowner debt following the Great Recession. Before joining NECIR in September, 2013, McKim worked as a social issues and business reporter at the Boston Globe, where she started in 2008. There she received a national 2011 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for a story on domestic sex trafficking of minors and a 2nd place 2013 Casey Medal nod for an investigation into a global child pornography network. McKim was a staff writer at the Orange County Register in California for ten years where she led a group of reporters to write about lead-tainted imported Mexican candies. The six-part series was a nominated finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. McKim is a 2008 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She started her journalism career at the San Juan Star in Puerto Rico and speaks fluent Spanish.

Beth Daley

Daley is an Investigative Reporter and Director of Partnerships at NECIR, joined the center in November 2013. Daley covered the environment, science and education for almost two decades at The Boston Globe and won numerous awards for her work including being named a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Among her many stories–a two-year investigation on mislabeled fish in Boston area restaurants that won three awards from the Society of Business Editors and Writers along with additional awards from the National Press Club, the Society for Features Journalism and the National Headliner competition. Daley spent the 2011-2012 academic year as a Knight fellow at Stanford University, a program designed to foster journalistic innovation and entrepreneurship. There, she became deeply interested in new journalism models and created EnviroFact, a collaborative clearinghouse to check environmental claims in the news. From 2001-2003, Daley was the Globe’s science and 9/11 reporter covering the anthrax scare, the war in Afghanistan and the U.S. space program. From 1997-2001, she was the newspaper’s education reporter. On that beat, she wrote a series of award-winning stories on shoddy school construction and covered urban education in Boston and across the nation. Prior to joining the Globe in 1994, Daley worked as a reporter for the Newburyport Daily News and as an English teacher in Sri Lanka and Thailand. She is a graduate of Northeastern University.

Jeremy C. Fox

Jeremy C. Fox is a correspondent for the Boston Globe, covering breaking news, politics, and healthcare. He is a previous staff writer for the Watertown Tab and co-author with Andrew Elder of the book Boston’s Orange Line, published in 2013. His writing has appeared in the Bay State Banner, Boston Phoenix,, Gay and Lesbian Review, Jamaica Plain Gazette, Nieman Reports Watchdog Project, and Weekly Dig. He is a 2010 graduate of the master of liberal arts journalism concentration at Harvard Extension School, where he now teaches courses in general journalism, feature writing, and arts criticism.

Nancy West

Nancy West has won many awards for government, business and investigative reporting while working for the New Hampshire Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News. Much of her reporting over the years has focused on the criminal justice system. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, she has more than 25 years of experience as a reporter and editor. She currently works as a freelance investigative reporter.

Harry Proudfoot

Harry Proudfoot serves on the board of the New England Scholastic Press Association. He advised award-winning high school newspapers for more than 30 years, including one that was published daily.

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