Matt Apuzzo ’00

Reporter, New York Times

Matt_ApuzzoMatt Apuzzo is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times in Washington. He has uncovered the locations of CIA prisons, revealed widespread cheating on FBI certification tests and identified the exclusive cadre of Wall Street bankers who get to call the Treasury secretary directly. He showed how haphazard discipline processes at the CIA resulted in promotions for officers who captured or killed the wrong people. And he explained how a simple relabeling trick allowed tobacco companies to avoid millions in new taxes.

He spent 11 years as a reporter with The Associated Press, where he received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting as part of a team that showed how the New York Police Department systematically spied on Muslim Americans and built databases of where they ate, shopped, lived and prayed.

Before joining the investigative team, Apuzzo was the AP’s legal affairs writer in Washington, where he covered the trials of Sen. Ted Stevens and White House aide Scooter Libby. He covered the Virginia Tech shooting, the investigation into Blackwater Worldwide and the conclusion of the FBI’s long-running Amerithrax case.

Before moving to Washington, he was part of an AP team in Connecticut that exposed corruption in state government. He began his career as a reporter for the Standard-Times in New Bedford, Mass., where he covered corruption, drug trafficking and organized crime in America’s busiest fishing town.

He has flown in a Blackhawk, slept in his car after Hurricane Katrina, argued from the gallery in federal court and overall had more fun than he anticipated when it became clear he would never get into medical school.


Fritz Byers

Communications Lawyer; Lecturer in Law, The University of Toledo

ITB Fritz ByersFritz Byers is in solo practice in Toledo, Ohio. He received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Duke University (B.A. 1977), where he was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded the William T. LaPrade in American History. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School (J.D. 1981), where he was book-review editor of the Harvard Law Record and Director of the Civil Rights Action Committee.

After graduation from law school, Mr. Byers clerked for the Honorable William Wayne Justice, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. From 1982 through 1992, he served as a court-appointed special master to federal judges in the Northern and Southern Districts of Georgia, in New Mexico, and in Puerto Rico, where he was responsible for overseeing the implementation of court orders addressing the conditions of confinement in prisons and jails.

From 1990 to 2006, Mr. Byers was General Counsel to Block Communications (formerly Blade Communications), a multi-media communications company that owns and operates newspapers, television stations, cable television and telephone companies, and various web-based companies and operations throughout the United States. He frequently lectures and presents seminars to lawyers, journalists, and others in Ohio and elsewhere on the First Amendment, Privacy, the Internet, and related topics.

His publications include “Consensus Prison Reform: A Possible Dream,” Impossible Jobs in Public Management, Hargrove and Glidewell, eds., (University of Kansas Press 1990); Special Masters and Prison Reform: Real and Imagined Obstacles,” Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, Spring 1988, Volume 3, Nos. 2; and “An Egalitarian Interpretation of the First Amendment,” Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Vol 16, No. 2 (Fall 1981) (with John Shattuck).

Mr. Byers teaches Communications Law. The class explores in detail legal and practical issues arising in connection with various media: newspapers, television and radio stations, cable television and other video providers, and the Internet, including Internet-service providers, web-hosting companies, and web-publishing. Students identify, analyze, and critique the legal doctrines constitutional, statutory, and common-law that apply to these media, either individually or collectively. They also study how those doctrines have evolved and will continue to change, as the means of mass communication evolve and converge.

 James Risen

Investigative Reporter, New York Times

Jim_RisenJames Risen, an investigative reporter for the New York Times and an author who is currently under threat of incarceration for refusing to reveal his  sources of  information detailing a botched CIA operation dealing with Iran, is Colby College’s 2014 Lovejoy Award recipient.

Risen has received recognition for some of the most important reporting in the 21st century. In 2006 he and his New York Times reporting partner Eric Lichtblau won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for their “carefully sourced stories on secret domestic eavesdropping that stirred a national debate on the boundary line between fighting terrorism and protecting civil liberty.” It was groundbreaking work on controversial National Security Agency practices seven years before the Edward Snowden revelations. Risen also was a member of the team that won the 2002 Pulitzer for Explanatory Reporting for post-9/11 coverage in the Times.

Risen is the author of four books including State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration, a 2006 national bestseller. His refusal to identify the sources of information in the book has led to more than six years of judicial wrangling that most recently made news when the Supreme Court declined to review the case in which Risen has refused to testify despite receiving a subpoena, according to a New York Times story in June.

“Jim Risen is an accomplished journalist with a record of important national security reporting,” said Ann Marie Lipinski, chair of the Lovejoy selection committee and curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. “That reporting is threatened by government efforts to force the identification of unnamed sources critical to many investigative stories. Jim has demonstrated courage in his commitment to protect his sources and combat pressures that would undermine his work and that of other journalists.”


John Christie

Editor-in-chief, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting

John_ChristieJohn Christie is a media executive whose 40-year career includes work in four states as a writer, editor, general manager and publisher for newspapers owned by Tribune Co., Dow Jones and Co. and the Seattle Times Co. In June, 2009, he retired after nine years as the president and publisher of Central Maine Newspapers, which publishes two daily papers, the Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel.

He has won numerous awards as a reporter and editor, including twice for best public service reporting in New England from the AP, and he was the primary editor at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel of two Pulitzer Prize finalists. In 2008, a series he edited, “For I was Hungry,” about hunger in Maine, won a number of regional and national awards, including best editorial series from the national Society of Professional Journalists. In 2014, he was given the Yankee Quill Award in recognition of “the broad influence for good” he’d had on journalism in New England over his career.

Christie was one of the first journalists to serve as a full-time training editor for a newspaper, a position that included coaching writers and editors on their craft and creating and running a news writing program for high school and college minority students.

He is also the editor of four books, including a bestselling book on Hurricane Andrew, which devastated South Florida in 1992. He has spoken on newspaper management and writing in the United States, Europe and South America.

While Christie has contributed to almost every story published by the Center, he has developed a specialty in state finances, pension costs and the abuse of business tax breaks.

A University of New Hampshire graduate, Christie began his career in Maine as the summer intern in 1968 at the Sanford Tribune. He lives in Hallowell with his wife, Naomi Schalit.


Naomi Schalit

Publisher and Senior Reporter, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting

Naomi_SchalitA graduate of Princeton University with a degree in religion and Near Eastern studies, Naomi Schalit attended the Graduate School of Journalism at University of California, Berkeley and began her career at the San Jose Mercury News. In the last two decades, she has written for magazines and newspapers around the country, worked as a columnist for the Maine Times and for five years was a reporter and producer at Maine Public Radio. While at MPR, her reports were also featured on National Public Radio, Public Radio International and the CBC. Schalit won many awards for her radio reporting, including one from Public Radio News Directors, Inc., or PRNDI, for her expose of an historic state conservation deal gone bad.

In April 2005, she joined the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel as Opinion page editor. In 2007, she won first place in the New England AP News Editors’ competition for editorial writing during 2006. She was the recipient of a 2007 Publick Occurrences Award from the New England Newspaper Association, Honorable Mention in the Anna Quindlen Award for 2007, Runner-up in the 2007 Casey Journalism Awards and First Place for editorial writing in the 2007 National Sigma Delta Chi Awards, all for her multi-part editorial series on hunger in Maine, “For I Was Hungry.” That series also earned her the first “Force for Good” award given by Portland non-profit Preble Street.

While Schalit has contributed to almost every story published by the Center, she has developed a specialty in energy and legislative and executive branch ethics.

Schalit has two grown children and lives in Hallowell, Maine, with her husband, John Christie.


Barbara Walsh

Barbara_WalshBarbara Walsh has worked for newspapers in Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Ireland. During her career, Ms. Walsh’s stories have changed lives, laws and affected a presidential election. She has won several national awards, including a Pulitzer Prize. Ms. Walsh has also worked for the U.S. State Department, teaching journalists in Brazil and Belize how to report and write stories that affect change. She is the author of two books: Sammy in the Sky and August Gale: A Father and Daughter’s Journey into the Storm.



Eileen Sullivan

Reporter, Associated Press

Eileen_SullivanEileen Sullivan is an investigative reporter for The Associated Press, covering national security, law enforcement and privacy issues. Previously, she covered counterterrorism and the Department of Homeland Security for the AP and for Congressional Quarterly and Federal Times. In 2012, Sullivan and three other AP reporters won the Pulitzer, Goldsmith and Polk awards for a series of stories that revealed the New York Police Department’s secret programs to spy on Muslims throughout the Northeast since Sept. 11, 2001.  Sullivan began her career with the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, N.J. She graduated from Villanova University in 1999 with a degree in English.



David M. Shribman

Executive Editor & Vice President, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

David_ShribmanDavid M. Shribman, 60, became executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on February 3, 2003. He came to Pittsburgh from the Boston Globe where he was assistant managing editor, columnist and Washington bureau chief.

He graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College with a degree in history and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He did graduate work in European and African history at Cambridge University, England, as a Reynolds Scholar.

He served as national political correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, covered Congress and national politics for the New York Times and was a member of the national staff of the Washington Star. A native of Salem, Massachusetts, he began his career at the Buffalo Evening News, where he worked on the city staff before being assigned to the paper’s Washington bureau.

Mr. Shribman was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for his coverage of Washington and the American political scene. He writes a weekly nationally syndicated column, “My Point,” and a biweekly column for the Globe and Mail in Canada.

Mr. Shribman was a regular panelist on the PBS show “Washington Week,” has appeared on both “Face the Nation” and “Meet the Press,” and is a frequent analyst for the BBC and CBC. His “I Remember My Teacher,” a tribute to the nation’s great educators, was published in 2002. He has lectured at universities and colleges around the country and taught courses at Notre Dame, Brandeis, Virginia Commonwealth and Gettysburg College. He was a Poynter Fellow at Yale and delivered the Lyndon Baines Johnson Distinguished Lecture at Southwest Texas State University and the Charles Hall Dillon Lecture at the University of South Dakota.

Mr. Shribman is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College and of the Board of Visitors of Dartmouth’s Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences. He is a member of the selection committee for the Profiles in Courage Award given by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and is chairman of the selection committee of the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award given by Colby College. He also sits on the national board of the Calvin Coolidge Foundation and holds four honorary degrees.

He has been married to Cindy Skrzycki, a University of Pittsburgh professor, for 36 years, and they have two grown daughters, Elizabeth and Natalie.