Journalism under Fire Speakers

Journalism under Fire Speakers

We will announce all speakers by mid-September 2019, but below are the confirmed speakers so far. We will also confirm a speaking agenda ASAP.


Confirmed JUF Speakers

Malachy Browne is a Senior Producer at the New York Times who specializes in Visual Investigations, a new form of accountability and explanatory journalism that combines traditional reporting with advanced digital forensics, such as collecting and parsing information from large volumes of videos, photos and audio, analysis of satellite imagery and 3‑D reconstructions of crime scenes. Check out his work in retracing the path of a bullet that killed a Palestinian medic in Gaza.

Dana Priest is returning from last year’s conference. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner from the Washington Post — and by far the speaker Santa Féans most wanted to see again — Ms. Priest is best known for her reporting on the Syrian conflict, and on Russian interference in the most recent elections in the Western World.

Ron Haviv is an Emmy nominated, award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of the photo agency VII, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe. In the last three decades, Haviv has covered more than twenty-five conflicts and worked in over one hundred countries. Haviv has produced an unflinching record of the injustices of war and his photography has had singular impact. His work in the Balkans, which spanned over a decade of conflict, was used as evidence to indict and convict war criminals at the International Tribunal in The Hague. President George H.W. Bush cited Haviv’s chilling photographs documenting paramilitary violence in Panama as one of the reasons for the 1989 American intervention.

He has published four critically acclaimed collections of photography and his work has been featured in numerous museums and galleries. Haviv also provides expert analysis and commentary in international media on the subject of visual journalism.

Suzanne Kelly is Founder, CEO & Publisher of The Cipher Brief, a digital site providing expert analysis and insights on national and global security issues. Kelly is a former Intelligence Correspondent for CNN, spent nine years working as a news anchor for CNN International based in Atlanta and Berlin, and is the author of Master of War: Blackwater USA’s Erik Prince and the Business of War (2009).

Rana Ayyub is a prominent Indian investigative journalist and a political writer and an important voice from South Asia. She has worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with some of the leading publications in India and internationally. Her pieces appear in the Washington Post, New York Times, the Guardian, Foreign Policy, and others. Recently, she was targeted by a deep fake pornographic video to intimidate and silence her.

Ivan Kolpakov is editor-in-chief of, a Russian media outlet based in Riga, Latvia, and often called the home of Russia’s free press. For many Russian readers, Meduza is the most reliable media outlet available in Russian.

Richard Stengel was Time magazine’s 16th managing editor from 2006 to 2013. He was also chief executive of the National Constitution Center from 2004 to 2006, and served as President Obama’s Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs from 2014 to 2016. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Information Wars.

Hannah Allam is also returning from last year. She is a Washington-based national security correspondent for NPR, focusing on homegrown extremism. Before joining NPR, she was a national correspondent at BuzzFeed News, covering U.S. Muslims and other issues of race, religion and culture. Allam previously reported for McClatchy, spending a decade overseas as bureau chief in Baghdad during the Iraq war and in Cairo during the Arab Spring rebellions.

For twenty years Sam Gregory has enabled people to use the power of the moving image and participatory technologies to create human rights change. He is Program Director of WITNESS, which supports anyone, anywhere to use video and technology to protect and defend human rights. An award-winning technologist, media-maker and advocate, he leads the WITNESS Program team and from 2010-2018 taught the first graduate-level course at Harvard on harnessing the power of new visual and participatory technologies for human rights change. He is currently also the Co-Chair of the Partnership on AI’s Working Group on Social and Societal Influence.

Alexa Koenig is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Center (winner of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions) and a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s School of Law. In 2016, she co-founded the first university-based investigations lab to train students and professionals to discover and verify human rights violations and potential war crimes using online open sources. Alexa administers and is a member of the International Criminal Court Office of the Prosecutor’s Technology Advisory Board and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, and co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Human Rights and Technology. Her most recent books are Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals from Nuremberg to the War on Terror (co-authored with Eric Stover and Victor Peskin) andDigital Witness:Using Open Source Information for Human Rights Documentation, Advocacy and Accountability (co-edited with Sam Dubberley and Daragh Murray, forthcoming 2019).

Tamerra Griffin is the East Africa correspondent for BuzzFeed News based in Nairobi, Kenya, though she covers parts of Southern Africa, too. In her two and a half years on assignment, she’s reported on presidential elections in Kenya, Zimbabwe, and South Africa; Ethiopia’s #MeToo movement; and the vital role Sudanese women have played in the most recent political uprising. Outside of her Africa coverage, Tamerra also traveled to Brazil to write about the impact of President Jair Bolsonaro’s election on marginalized communities.

When she’s not out reporting, Tamerra is most likely reading her book club’s pick of the month, searching for her next show to binge-watch, or impatiently waiting for the World Cup.

Matt Rosenberg is a Washington-based correspondent at The New York Times. He was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for reporting on Donald Trump and Russia, and more recently exposed how Cambridge Analytica harvested private information from tens of millions of Facebook profiles. He previously spent 15 years as a foreign correspondent in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and was expelled from Afghanistan in 2014 because of his reporting.

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John Carlin, former Assistant Attorney General for the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) National Security Division (NSD), chairs Morrison & Foerster’s Global Risk + Crisis Management practice and co-chairs the National Security practice, where he advises industry-leading organizations in sensitive cyber- and other national security matters. He is the author of Dawn of the Code War: America’s Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat, which provides an inside look into how we combat daily attacks on United States companies, citizens and government.  Prior to serving as the DOJ’s highest-ranking national security lawyer, Mr. Carlin served as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III. Under his leadership, the NSD launched nationwide outreach across industries to raise awareness of national security, cyber- and espionage threats against US companies and encourage greater C-suite involvement in corporate cybersecurity matters. Mr. Carlin also chairs the Aspen Institute’s Cybersecurity and Technology policy program, which provides a cross-disciplinary forum for industry, government, and media to address the rapidly developing landscape of digital threats and craft appropriate policy solutions.

Steven Livingston, PhD is Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs and the Founding Director of the Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics (IDDP) at The George Washington University.  Between 2016 and 2019 he was also a Senior Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University.  He studies the role of technology in politics and policy processes, including human rights monitoring, disinformation campaigns, governance, and the provisioning of public goods. Among other publications, Livingston has written When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina (W. Lance Bennett and Regina Lawrence, co-authors) (University of Chicago Press, 2007).


Janet Steele is also returning from last year. Dr. Steele is the director of the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication and a Professor of Journalism at the George Washington University. She received her Ph.D. in History from John Hopkins. The focal point of her work is on how culture is conveyed through the mass media, with a particular emphasis on Islam and Indonesia. She has spent significant time in Southeast Asia lecturing on the role of the press in a democratic society.



She has received two Fulbright teaching and research grants.

Brad Allenby is President’s Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering, and of Law; Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics; Senior Sustainability Scientist; Founding Director of the Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management; and co-chair of the Weaponized Narrative Initiative of the Center for the Future of War, at Arizona State University. Dr. Allenby received his BA from Yale University, his JD and MA (economics) from the University of Virginia, and his MS and Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University.

Dr. Emile Nahkleh is a former Senior Intelligence Service Officer (SIS-3), a Research Professor and Director of the Global and National Security Policy Institute at the University of New Mexico, a National Intelligence Council/IC Associate, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Since retiring from the US Government in 2006, he has consulted on national security issues, particularly Islamic radicalization, terrorism, and the Arab states of the Middle East. He has published frequently on the “Arab Spring” in the Financial Times, the LobeLog blog, and The Cipher Brief.