Al Jazeera Investigations Reporters

An introduction to the members of our team.

Last updated: 28 Oct 2013 19:18
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Clayton Swisher  is a Doha-based reporter and Manager of Investigative Journalism for Al Jazeera Media Network. In 2011, sources provided Swisher with The Palestine Papers , a trove more than 1,600 confidential records charting the Arab-Israeli peace negotiations for over a decade. A year later, he delivered What Killed Arafat? , earning the CINE Golden Eagle and nominations for RTS, BAFTA, and Monte Carlo Film Festival.

What Killed Arafat? revealed high levels of polonium in the blood and urine stains on former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s clothes. It raised the possibility that Arafat had been poisoned with the radioactive material. A French murder inquiry resulted from this film and ultimately the exhumation of President Arafat’s body on November 27, 2012. Swisher has authored two scholarly books on the Arab-Israeli conflict: The Truth About Camp David (New York: Nation Books, 2004) and The Palestine Papers: The End of the Road? (London: Hesperus Press, 2011).

Ed Pound is the Senior Executive Producer, US investigations. He has reported in Washington for more than three decades, writing about US and international government programs, the military, intelligence, and public corruption. Pound has worked for The New York Times , The Wall Street Journal, and US News and World Report , among other news organisations.

He served as president of the non-profit Fund for Investigative Journalism, which provides grants to freelance reporters. He has received many journalism honors, including the National Headliner Award, and has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Simon Boazman works from London and is one of Britain’s leading investigative reporters, having gone undercover to penetrate a host of challenging subjects such as people trafficking, drugs, organised crime, football hooliganism and racism.

His film Detention Undercover won the Royal Television Society Journalism Award in the Home Current Affairs category. Simon was part of the award-winning team of BBC's Panorama where he spent many years reporting and presenting hard-hitting and thought-provoking films.

Josh Bernstein is a US-based, eight-time Emmy Award-winning investigative correspondent. His primary focus is government waste, corruption and fraud. During his 14-year career, Josh’s reporting has resulted in numerous public officials being removed from office, congressional hearings and calls for AIG’s embattled CEO to resign.

Most recently, Josh was the senior investigative reporter for KDVR FOX 31 in Denver, Colorado. Previously, he worked for The Daily in New York City, in Phoenix, Arizona, Sacramento, California and Mobile, Alabama.

Frank Bass is an investigative data editor at Al Jazeera in Washington DC. Bass, a graduate of Texas Tech University, shared the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for a series of stories on infant mortality at the Alabama Journal.  He also has worked at Bloomberg News, the Wall Street Journal , and the Houston Post , where he was the 1994 Texas Headliners Foundation Reporter of the Year.

Bass is the author of three books and was director of computer investigations at the Associated Press, where he shared the 2006 Gerald Loeb Award for stories on the mishandling of September 11 terrorism loans to US small businesses.

Trevor Aaronson has won dozens of awards for his investigative reporting, including the Molly National Journalism Prize, the Data Journalism Award and the H.F. Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award. Aaronson was a 2010-11 investigative reporting fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and he co-founded the non-profit Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

He has also worked as an investigative reporter and editor for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Miami New Times and New Times Broward-Palm Beach. He is the author of The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism (IG Publishing, January 2013). He is based in Washington DC.

Kris Jepson is the London based Investigative Producer, recently producing the bureau’s first film, Woolwich: War without Borders . He previously worked for Channel 4 News, where he produced hard-hitting exclusives focused on defence and security.

He was nominated for the RTS Young Journalist of the Year in 2010 for his investigations into the death of Lt Mark Evison and the WikiLeaks Afghan and Iraq war logs. The same year his team was nominated for an Amnesty International Media Award for an investigation into the legality of US' drone war. Before joining ITN, Kris worked for Sky News and reported for BBC Radio Cleveland.

Phil Rees is based in Doha, Qatar, and has reported from Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas during a 30-year career in journalism. He has won a dozen international awards, including two each from the Royal Television Society, New York and Monte Carlo Television Festivals. For nine years he was a BBC foreign correspondent and senior producer on its global investigative programme, Correspondent .

He has written widely and presented or produced over 50 documentaries. His unique access to militant groups was chronicled in his 2006 book Dining with Terrorists.


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