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.

Nancy West

Nancy West founded the nonprofit New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism three years ago. She serves as the executive editor of its news website InDepthNH.org, whose mission is to hold government accountable and give voice to marginalized people, places and ideas. West previously worked as a reporter/editor at the New Hampshire Union Leader where she won many awards for government, business and investigative reporting. Much of her reporting focuses on the criminal justice system, government corruption, child abuse and mental health issues.

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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