Board of Directors

PETER BALE, chief executive officer, joins the Center after three years at CNN International, where he ran and other digital products outside the United States. The International edition of the CNN site recorded double-digit growth in users, engagement and revenue during his tenure heading teams in Atlanta, London, Dubai and Hong Kong. Bale is a frequent speaker on media and the impact of the internet on journalism. He is on the board of the Global Editors Network and has been a regular presenter for Speakers for Schools, a British nonprofit aimed at inspiring young people. A Reuters correspondent and editor for 15 years, Bale worked with the international news agency in Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and held senior roles in London. He left Reuters to pursue internet journalism and was a founder of FTMarketWatch, an award-winning site from the Financial Times and MarketWatch. He was later Online Editorial Director of The Times and The Sunday Times in London. He also spent more than four years at Microsoft, where he was Editorial Director of MSN in the UK and then International Programming Director, responsible for content on more than 40 MSN sites around the world.

NINAN CHACKO, CTC, serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Travel Leaders Group. Previously Mr. Chacko provided highly respected, visionary and innovative leadership as Chief Executive Officer of PR Newswire. He also served as Chief Commercial Officer of Worldspan, responsible for sales, marketing, operations, service and support activities for customers and partners in over 60 countries. Mr. Chacko has served on a number of boards, and he currently serves on the advisory board for Leaders Quest (London, UK), a social enterprise that works with leaders to create a more equitable and sustainable world, as well as the Center for Public Integrity's board. Mr. Chacko earned both his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS). More recently, he also completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and the London Business School’s Spencer Stuart Directors’ Forum. Mr. Chacko also earned his Certified Travel Counselor (CTC) from The Travel Institute.

DAN A. EMMETT is the chairman of the board of directors for Douglas Emmett, Inc. He co-founded DEI's predecessor companies, Douglas, Emmett and Company, a fully integrated real estate management and leasing company, and Douglas Emmett Realty Advisors, which grew during the 1990's into a large manager of institutional real estate funds. Emmett received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1961 and his J.D. degree from Harvard University in 1964.

BRUCE A. FINZEN, past board chair, is a former partner in and currently of counsel to the law firm of Robins Kaplan LLP, in Minneapolis. As a mass-tort litigator, Finzen is recognized as a highly successful manager of cases involving multistate, multiple plaintiff, and class-action issues, and has played a leading role in some of the most important product safety and consumer health cases of the last several decades. He was one of the partners from his firm in charge of litigation on behalf of the government of India arising out of the Bhopal gas leak disaster, and the firm's principal negotiator in the $6.4 billion settlement of the State of Minnesota/Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota tobacco case. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and the University of Kansas, School of Law.

MATTHEW W. GRANADE advises and invests in a wide-variety of early-stage companies in areas where he has operational and strategic experience, especially finance/financial technology, data analytics and media.  Matthew recently finished six years at Bridgewater Associates, one of the largest and best-performing hedge funds, where he was Co-Head of Research.  In that role, he was responsible for building and managing the teams that ensure Bridgewater’s understanding of the global economy, create new systems for generating alpha, produce daily trading signals, and publish Bridgewater’s market commentary.  He was also responsible for the technology, data and security required to fulfill those responsibilities.  Previously, Matthew was a consultant at McKinsey & Company.  He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where he was President of The Harvard Crimson, the university’s daily newspaper.  He received his M.B.A. with highest honors from Harvard Business School and was named a George F. Baker Scholar.

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She serves on several boards, including HuffPost’s partners in Spain, the newspaper EL PAÍS and its parent company PRISA; Onex; The Center for Public Integrity; and The Committee to Protect Journalists. Her 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder was published by Crown in March 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.​

JAMES A. KIERNAN is a former partner in and currently of counsel to Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, the New York-based international law firm.  He has spent most of his legal career in Europe, first in Paris and then in London, where he played a leading role in building the firm’s European practice.  Jim has a longstanding interest in public affairs and international relations, beginning in 1961 when he spent the summer in Germany as an AFS exchange student and then in 1966 – 1967 when he was a Fulbright Scholar at the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Jim was one of the initial members of the editorial staff on the award-winning PBS public affairs series, The Advocates, from 1969 to 1971 while still in graduate school.  He has also served as the lead independent director of the Fondation des Etas-Unis in France for more than 25 years.  Jim is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard law School and was a Littauer Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

BILL KOVACH has been a journalist and writer for over 60 years. He began his journalism at the Johnson City (Tenn.) Press-Chronicle in 1956. From 1960 until 1967 he was a reporter for The Nashville Tennessean where he covered the civil rights movement, Southern politics and Appalachian poverty. After a journalism fellowship at Stanford University, he joined The New York Times in 1968 where he worked for 18 years. During the last eight years — from 1979 to 1986 — he was chief of The Times Washington bureau. He served as executive editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for two years during which time the paper won two Pulitzer Prizes and was nominated for seven others. Appointed a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in the class of 1988-89, he remained as curator and retired from Harvard in 2001 to return to Washington where he served as founding chairman of the Committee of Concerned Journalists. He has had a previous term on the board of the Center for Public Integrity and served for a year as director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Kovach is co-author with Tom Rosenstiel of Warp Speed: American in the Age of Mixed Media as well a Blur: How to Find Truth in an Age of Information Overload and the seminal The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect.

STEVE KROFT is a longtime correspondent for "60 Minutes." Few journalists have achieved the impact and recognition his work has generated for 24 seasons on the most watched news program on television.  Kroft’s “60 Minutes” story on insider trading in the U.S. Congress drove the passage of the STOCK Act.  He is the only “60 Minutes” correspondent to win two Peabody Awards in the same year, bringing his total number of television’s most prestigious award to five.  One was for a story on the vulnerabilities of infrastructures to computer hackers and the other on the enormous sums of money spent prolonging the lives of dying Americans. Kroft has won television journalism’s highest honor, the DuPont Columbia University Journalism silver baton, twice.  He began his journalism career in Vietnam, serving with Pacific Stars and Stripes.

HENDRIK-JAN LASEUR Through his firm, Lead the Change, established in 2010, Hendrik-Jan Laseur works with ambitious leaders in civil society and business organizations. He helps them connect their purpose to action, by providing strategy advice, workshop-facilitation and coaching. Lead the Change has worked on assignments in over 20 countries in Asia, North America, the Middle East and throughout Europe. Hendrik-Jan was the principal advisor to the executive director of UNICEF in New York. Prior to that, he worked for ABN AMRO in various leadership and staff roles in Tokyo, Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Zurich. Hendrik-Jan is an economist and holds an MBA from INSEAD in France. He is an alumnus of HRH The Prince of Wales’s Business and the Environment Program, and serves in various boards. He is associated with Leaders’ Quest, where he facilitates experiential learning journeys that catalyze transformations in individuals and organizations.

JENNIFER 8. LEE is a journalist and author who spent nine years at The New York Times. There she covered technology, Washington, crime, poverty and culture. Lee has played a lead role in the Knight News Challenge, a $25 million initiative to support news innovation, and worked on bringing journalism content to the 2011 SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. She is also one of the lead organizers of Hacks/Hackers, a rapidly expanding global grassroots group that brings technologists and journalists together. Lee is also the author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food. She also serves on the Nieman Foundation advisory board, chairs the Asian American Writers Workshop board, and is a past member of the Poynter Institute national advisory board. Lee graduated with a degree in applied math and economics from Harvard.

RICHARD M. LOBO is an entrepreneurial leader in American broadcasting, a veteran of NBC, CBS, PBS and international media who started in front of the camera in Miami and New York in the turmoil of the 1960s. A second-generation bi-lingual, Cuban American, he was born and raised in a community of cigar factory workers in Tampa, Florida. Educated at the University of Miami, Lobo has held senior roles in media organizations in New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Miami, Tampa, Denver and Cleveland. He describes his specialty as innovation and transforming organizations by building effective management teams, a diverse and dynamic workforce and establishing relevance in the community. In 1994, President Bill Clinton named Lobo Director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting in the United States Information Agency. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed him Director of the International Broadcasting Bureau, the administrative and technical arm of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Lobo resigned in December 2013 and retired to South Florida. He is a member of the Latino Advisory Council of the Kennedy Center. He’s also a father of three, grandfather of five and lives in Miami and New York City with his wife Caren.

SUSAN LOEWENBERG is the founder and producing director of L.A. Theatre Works, a nonprofit organization that provides cultural programming for public radio through their weekly series, The Play’s The Thing. Additionally, LATW’s Audio Publishing division has the largest library of recorded stage plays in the world, available in over 8,000 public libraries, through bookstores, iTunes, and other distributors. She has produced more than 400 recordings, which are also used by both secondary schools and institutions of higher learning. She has served on many boards, commissions, and panels including the National Endowment for the Arts, the President’s Commission on White House Fellows, and Federal Prison Industries, also a presidential appointment.

BEVIS LONGSTRETH is a retired partner of Debevoise & Plimpton, a New York-based international law firm. He served as commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 1981-84. He serves on the board of trustees of New School University, the board of directors of Grantham, Mayo and Van Otterloo, a Boston-based investment management firm, and the finance committee of the Rockefeller Family Fund, a private foundation. Longstreth received a B.S.E. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard University.

OLIVIA MA, Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, is the senior manager for the News Lab at Google, an effort whose mission is to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs to build the future of media with Google. Previously, she was Head of News and Media Partnerships for Google+, where she managed Google+’s partnerships with the media industry, and a founding member of YouTube's News and Politics team, where she oversaw the site's news programming and product strategy. In her role at YouTube, Olivia ran YouTube's 2012 Election strategy, managed YouTube's response to major breaking news stories like the Arab Spring and Hurricane Sandy, and produced three YouTube Interviews with President Obama. Prior to joining YouTube and Google, Olivia was the product manager for Plum, a social media-sharing website, and ran Current, a national college news magazine published in partnership with Newsweek. Olivia graduated from Harvard University with a degree in History and Literature. As well as holding the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Center for Public Integrity, Olivia was a Co-Chair of the 2013 Online News Association conference.

CRAIG NEWMARK is a self-described nerd, Web pioneer, speaker, philanthropist, and advocate of technology for the public good. In 2013 he was named "Nerd-in-Residence" by the Department of Veterans Affairs' Center for Innovation in recognition of his volunteer work with the department. Craig is the founder of craigslist, started in 1995 and now one of the world's most-visited websites. He continues to work with craigslist as a customer service representative (CSR). In 2011 Craig launched craigconnects to advance the use of technology and social media to benefit philanthropy and public service. He uses the craigconnects platform to support organizations working for veterans and military families, open government, public diplomacy, journalistic ethics and accountability, consumer protection, election protection and voter registration. In addition to the Center for Public Integrity, Craig serves on the board of directors of the Poynter Institute Foundation, Sunlight Foundation, Consumers Union/Consumer Reports, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Journalism Review. He also advises nearly twenty other renowned non-profit organizations. He lives in San Francisco.

DR. GILBERT OMENN is professor of internal medicine, human genetics, and public health and director of the Center for Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics and the Proteomics Alliance for Cancer Research at the University of Michigan. He served as executive vice president for medical affairs and as chief executive officer of the University of Michigan Health System from 1997 to 2002. Omenn was dean of the School of Public Health and professor of medicine and environmental health, University of Washington, Seattle, from 1982-1997. He was associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Office of Management and Budget in the Carter administration. He chaired the Presidential/Congressional Commission on Risk Assessment and Risk Management in the 1990s. Omenn has a B.A. from Princeton University, an M.D. from Harvard University, and a Genetics Ph.D from the University of Washington.

ELSPETH REVERE has had a long career in philanthropy, including directing the MacArthur Foundation's support for journalism and media. In December 2015 she retired as Vice President for Media, Culture and Special Initiatives at MacArthur after 24 years of service. Her work has been devoted to using philanthropic tools to support civil society organizations and fields. She has recently worked to strengthen American democracy, support a set of public interest news organizations including those that conduct deep investigative reporting, nourish a vibrant arts community in Chicago, and produce documentary films on social issues that educate their audiences and inspire action. Her earlier work addressed human rights, copyright in the digital age, and community service for young people. She started her career as a city planner in Chicago, her home town.

SCOTT SIEGLER, Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, formed Mediasiegler, Inc. in 2010 after seven years as a managing partner at ZelnickMedia, the NY-based investment/management firm. Prior to joining ZelnickMedia, Mr. Siegler was president/COO of Knowledge Broadcasting, an internet content and technology company backed by Larry Ellison and Michael Milken’s Knowledge Universe. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Siegler founded and ran the television production entity Granada America, a division of ITV plc. ITV is the largest broadcast production/distribution company in the UK. Before that, Mr. Siegler was president of Columbia Pictures Television and oversaw the combined television operations of the studio when it was renamed Sony Television. Siegler has also worked with Warner Bros., and CBS.

marianne szegedy-maszakMARIANNE SZEGEDY-MASZAK is an editor in the Washington Bureau of Mother Jones magazine. Her book, I Kiss Your Hands Many Times: Hearts, Souls and Wars in Hungary, was published August 2013 by Speigel & Grau and she has ghost written several memoirs and nonfiction books. A former professor of Journalism at American University, senior writer at U.S. News & World Report and a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times health section, she was also a winner of the prestigious Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship. She was the founding editor of the Center for Public Integrity's award winning newsletter, The PublicI. Szegedy-Maszak lived in Hungary and covered Central Europe for several publications during the collapse of communism. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, The New Republic, Newsweek, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post and Newsday, among others. Szegedy-Maszak is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University’s School of Journalism where she won the prestigious Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship.

matt thompsonMATT THOMPSON is the deputy editor of He was an editorial product manager at National Public Radio, where he worked with NPR member stations on the development of multiple local websites. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the Poynter Institute, having completed a four-year term on the organization’s National Advisory Board in 2010. Before coming to NPR, Thompson served as an interim online community manager for the Knight Foundation. Earlier in his career, Thompson was deputy web editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the first online reporter/producer for the Fresno Bee. He holds a degree in English from Harvard.