Andy Hall, executive director
Hall, a co-founder of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and a former Investigative Reporters and Editors board member, won dozens of awards for his reporting in 26 years at the Wisconsin State Journal and The Arizona Republic. He oversees the Center’s journalistic and financial operations. Hall began his career in 1982 as a copyboy at The New York Times. At The Republic, Hall helped break the “Keating Five” scandal involving Sen. John McCain. At the State Journal, Hall’s stories held government and the powerful accountable and protected the vulnerable through coverage that addressed the racial achievement gap in public schools and helped spark the creation of the nationally noted Schools of Hope volunteer tutoring program, revealed NCAA violations by University of Wisconsin athletes, and exposed appalling conditions in neglected neighborhoods such as Allied Drive and Worthington Park. Hall won a first-place award in 2008 for beat reporting from the Education Writers Association. He also has received National Headliner, Gerald Loeb, James K. Batten and Inland Press Association awards for investigative, financial, deadline and civic journalism coverage. Hall has served as a mentor to the staff of La Comunidad, a Spanish-language newspaper in Madison, and has taught numerous courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication. He currently serves on the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council Board of Directors, Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism Board of Directors, and Indiana University Media School’s Journalism Alumni Board. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.
Dee J. Hall, managing editor
Hall, a co-founder of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, joined the staff as managing editor in June 2015. She is responsible for the Center’s daily news operations. She worked at the Wisconsin State Journal for 24 years as an editor and reporter focusing on projects and investigations. A 1982 graduate of Indiana University’s journalism school, Hall served reporting internships at the weekly Lake County Star in Crown Point, Ind., The Gary (Ind.) Post-Tribune, The Louisville (Ky.) Times and The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times. Prior to returning to her hometown of Madison in 1990, she was a reporter for eight years at The Arizona Republic newspaper in Phoenix, where she covered city government, schools and the environment. During her 35-year journalism career, Hall has won more than three dozen local, state and national awards for her work, including the 2001 State Journal investigation that uncovered a $4 million-a-year secret campaign machine operated by Wisconsin’s top legislative leaders.
Lauren Fuhrmann, associate director
Fuhrmann joined the Center in 2011 after receiving her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. A Wisconsin native, her reporting has focused on environmental and health issues. Fuhrmann previously researched audience engagement as a social media intern for Harvest Public Media and spent two years as a multimedia reporter for KBIA 91.3 FM and the Columbia Missourian. At the Center, Fuhrmann leads revenue development efforts as well as public engagement initiatives, including events, social media, newsletter and promotional materials; tracks the distribution and assesses the impact of WCIJ’s news stories; assists with development of donors and writing of grant reports; handles bookkeeping duties; produces photos, audio and video content; and copyedits stories. Fuhrmann is vice president of the Madison Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She was among five young leaders in the inaugural group of “Future Headliners” honored in 2014 by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.
Coburn Dukehart, digital and multimedia director
Dukehart joined the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism after 16 years of distinguished work at national news organizations. Her role at the Center includes directing its visual strategy, creating visual and audio content, managing digital assets and training student and professional journalists. Dukehart previously was a senior photo editor at National Geographic, where she managed and wrote for the Proof blog, which showcases international documentary projects. From 2007 to 2013 she was the picture and multimedia editor at NPR — the first person in that role — where she oversaw a wide range of projects, including directing the overall visual strategy for NPR, training reporters in photography, covering daily and long-term assignments, coordinating with the legal and financial departments, implementing a newsroom-wide digital asset management system, and advising on the content management system used by hundreds of NPR producers. She has also worked as a photo editor at USATODAY.com and washingtonpost.com, interned in the White House photo department, and worked for a London-based international publishing group. Dukehart has received numerous multimedia awards from the National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year International and the White House News Photographers Association — most recently placing third in the documentary category of the WHNPA multimedia contest. Her multimedia work also has been honored with a Webby, a Gracie, a Murrow and duPont awards, and she was nominated for a national Emmy. She has coached at a variety of multimedia workshops, including the Syracuse Fall Workshop, the National Press Photographers Association Multimedia Immersion and the Eddie Adams Workshop. Dukehart received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Barbara Johnson, senior strategic adviser
Johnson joined the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism in 2016, shortly after retiring from her position as president of Rowland Reading Foundation in Madison. A volunteer at the Center, Johnson draws upon her extensive professional experience and contacts to strengthen the Center’s operations, with a special focus on the development of the Center’s business model. Johnson launched the Rowland Reading Foundation, which developed and published materials for young readers, in 2003 for Pleasant Rowland, a Madison entrepreneur and philanthropist. The foundation sold its assets in 2015. Johnson has spent her career in publishing, working as a reporter and editor for magazines and newspapers before moving into business roles. She served under Steven Brill as president of American Lawyer Media, the legal publishing and cable TV division (Court TV) of Time Warner in New York. After the sale of ALM in 1998, she worked with Seth Godin at Yoyodyne, the Internet’s first direct marketing company, and started an email publishing business. Johnson has served on the boards of public and private companies and as an operating partner of a private equity firm. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Christopher J. Glueck, development consultant
Glueck joined the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism in 2015, shortly after retiring from his position as a senior director of development at the University of Wisconsin Foundation. In his 12 years there, Glueck worked with alumni and friends of UW-Madison, primarily on behalf of the College of Letters & Science. Glueck had a broad focus, traveling throughout the nation and succeeding in helping a significant number of people realize their interests in supporting the university in a variety of ways, ranging from annual gifts to scholarships to chairs and professorships. Prior to that, Glueck spent 30 years in the high-tech field working in sales, product management, marketing and management positions, primarily with Wang Laboratories, Inc. and NCR Corporation. He earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from UW-Madison and a master’s in business administration from Rivier College (now Rivier University) in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Gail Kohl, development consultant
Kohl came to the Center in 2010 with more than 30 years of fundraising experience for both statewide and local organizations, including American Players Theatre, Taliesin Preservation Commission, Frank Lloyd Wright Heritage Tourism Program, United Cerebral Palsy, Seth Peterson Cottage Conservancy and Big Top Chautauqua. From 1993 until 2010, Kohl was development director of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. Over her career, Kohl has been responsible for major gifts, project and operations funding, membership development and enhancement, strategic partnerships and alliances, event planning and coordination, special projects, proposal and grant writing.
Bridgit Bowden, Wisconsin Public Radio Mike Simonson Memorial Investigative Reporting Fellow
Bowden joined the Center in October 2015 as the first Wisconsin Public Radio Mike Simonson Memorial Investigative Reporting Fellow. Bowden focuses on creating investigative stories that are broadcast on WPR and distributed by the Center. Bowden, who is based in the Center’s newsroom, previously was a multimedia reporter for the Hale Center for Journalism at Kansas City Public Television in Kansas City, Missouri. Bowden graduated with degrees in journalism and Spanish from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May 2014. As a student, she worked for KBIA, mid-Missouri’s National Public Radio station. Her work also has appeared in The Kansas City Star, Nashville Public Radio, Al Jazeera America and NPR.
Christa Westerberg, counsel
Westerberg is a shareholder at Bender Westerberg LLC in Madison, Wisconsin, where she practices environmental, civil rights, and open government law. Since 2008, Westerberg has served as the vice president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council.
Alexandra Arriaga, reporter
Arriaga joined the Center as an intern in summer 2016 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in journalism and Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian studies and a certificate in Chican@ and Latin@ studies. During her time as an undergraduate, she held several writing positions at The Badger Herald, one of UW-Madison’s student newspapers. She also conducted an independent research project on immigration funded through the Morgridge Center for Public Service’s Wisconsin Idea Fellowship. During the fellowship she spent a summer on the United States-Mexico border between Arizona and Sonora. Arriaga also works as an assistant editor for La Prensa, a Spanish-language publication for middle school and high school students in Madison, under the umbrella of Simpson Street Free Press. She also contributes to La Comunidad, Madison’s Spanish-language newspaper.
Andrew Hahn, reporter
Hahn began working at the Center in June 2016. A senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Hahn is pursuing bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science. Before joining the Center, Hahn worked as a political reporting intern for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and as state news editor for The Daily Cardinal. He has also worked at the school’s University Health Services as a communications specialist.
Mara Jezior, public engagement and marketing assistant
Mara Jezior joined the Center in June 2015 as a public outreach and marketing intern after completing her bachelor’s degree in journalism and history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before working at the Center, she held design and marketing internships at Hometown News LP and UW-Madison’s International Academic Programs. She also wrote and edited for The Daily Cardinal, serving as the newspaper’s managing editor during her junior year. She is the first Center intern to work solely on the organization’s business side.
Hayley Sperling, public engagement and marketing assistant
Hayley Sperling joined the Center in June 2016 as a public engagement and marketing assistant. She is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is studying journalism with emphases in reporting and strategic communications, and completed a certificate in Russian, East European and Central Asian studies. While attending UW-Madison, Sperling held several editorial positions at The Badger Herald, an independent student newspaper, where she currently serves as editor-in-chief. Before coming to the Center, Sperling worked as an intern at WisPolitics.com, where she covered the Capitol. She also worked at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a multimedia intern.
Ron Seely, contributing writer
Seely joined the Center as a part-time reporter, editor and student mentor in June 2013 after nearly 35 years as an award-winning reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal. He became a contributing writer for the Center in 2016. For the past two decades, Seely covered science and environment for the State Journal. Seely is also a senior lecturer on the faculty of the Life Sciences Communication Department in UW-Madison’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where he has taught science writing for 20 years. Seely has won numerous awards for his newspaper work. Most recently he was named a winner of the Society of Environmental Journalists’ national investigative reporting award for a series on Wisconsin’s failure to adequately regulate factory farms. The series was cited for a third place award behind projects by the New York Times and ProPublica. Seely was the 2010 recipient of the American Chemical Society’s national science writing award, the prestigious James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award. In 2008, he won the Inland Press Association Award for investigative reporting for the series on problems at the Madison Water Utility. And he is a three-time winner of the Wisconsin Press Association’s award for environmental reporting. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University.