Rachel Lyon


Lyon is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and professor. She has directed several acclaimed films including, Race to Execution for Independent Lens, Mr. Dreyfuss Goes to Washington for the History Channel, Shadow Over Tibet for PBS and the Emmy Award winner, Men Who Molest for PBS' FRONTLINE. Lyon has created over 60 documentaries for PBS, CNN, National Geographic, and the History Channel, among others.

Christine Intagliata


Intagliata has writing credits which include two History Channel specials, Duel: Hamiton and Burr and Mr. Dreyfuss Goes to Washington, and the independent documentary, First Basket. She has written programs for The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and for Discovery Communications' Global Education Partnership. Intagliata was also part of the FRONTLINE team that produced the Emmy Award-winning Retreat from Beirut on U.S. military involvement in Lebanon.

Peter Rhodes


Rhodes is a veteran editor of documentaries for PBS, the BBC and film festivals, with over 50 credits since 1986. His most recent work includes The Price of Sugar, which was short-listed for an Oscar in 2008; Typhoid Mary: The Most Dangerous Woman in America for NOVA; The War that Made America, which won a Cine Golden Eagle in 2006; and Harvest of Fear, a Frontline/Nova co-production which won a Dupont-Columbia award in 2001.


Joe Domanick

Joe is an award-winning investigative journalist and author and is the Senior Fellow for Criminal Justice of the Institute for Justice and Journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication. Domanick's feature articles and opinion pieces have appeared in various national papers and magazines including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Magazine, California Magazine, Washington Journalism Review, Playboy, Ms., Spin, and the LA Weekly. From 1999 through 2001, Domanick hosted a twice-weekly radio show on news and current affairs on radio station KPFK-FM. He teaches journalism at the School of Journalism of USC Annenberg’s School for Communication and continues to freelance. Domanick has graduate degrees in social science from Hunter College, CUNY; education and sociology from Columbia University and broadcast journalism from the USC Annenberg School of Journalism.

Renee Ferguson

Award-winning investigative reporter Renee Ferguson brings more than 30 years of reporting experience to the NBC5 News in Chicago. Ferguson has received some of the nation's most prestigious journalism awards, including: the duPont Award, given by Columbia University in New York; the Goldsmith Award, given by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; the Gracie Award, given by American Women in Radio and TV in New York; and, most recently, the Associated Press Award for Best Investigative Reporting. She has received seven Chicago Emmys, reporting awards from The National Association of Black Journalists and its local Chicago chapter, and the Studs Terkel Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2006, Ferguson was elected to the Board of Directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors. She most recently was chosen by Harvard University as recipient of the Nieman Fellowship in Journalism. She received her Bachelors Degree in Journalism from Indiana University in Bloomington and was recipient of the Benton Journalism Fellowship at The University of Chicago.

Dr. Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.

Dr. Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. is Professor of Political Science and Founding Director of the Center for Communications and Community at UCLA. Author of numerous books, he has also served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Political Science and Political Research Quarterly. He serves on the Advisory Boards of UCLA's Center for Urban Poverty, Lewis Center for Regional Policy, and Center for African American Politics. Dr. Gilliam has consulted on a wide range of projects focusing on race and media for groups such as the Aspen Institute, the National Funding Collaborative for Violence Prevention, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the W.T. Grant Foundation, the Youth Law Center, the MacArthur Foundation, Children Now, Council on Foundations, National Governor's Association, and the Charles S. Benton Foundation. Dr. Gilliam serves on the Boards of the National Funding Collaborative for Violence Prevention and the FrameWorks Institute, both of Washington, D.C.

Andrea Lyon

Professor Lyon is an associate clinical professor of law and director of the DePaul Center for Justice in Capital Cases and Death Penalty Legal Clinic. In 1976, she joined the Cook County Illinois Public Defender’s Office, concluding her service there as chief of the Homicide Task Force. She has tried over 130 homicide cases, both while with the Public Defender’s office and since. She has defended over 30 potential capital cases at the trial level and has taken 19 through penalty phase; she has won all 19. In 1990, she founded the Illinois Capital Resource Center and served as its director until joining the University of Michigan Law School faculty. A winner of the prestigious National Legal Aid and Defender Association’s Reginald Heber Smith Award for best advocate for the poor in the country, she is a nationally recognized expert in the field of death penalty defense and a frequent continuing legal education teacher throughout the country.

Steve Montiel

Steve, the Director of USC Annenberg's Institute for Justice and Journalism, is a veteran journalist and educator who began his career in 1967 at The Arizona Daily Star and worked for several news organizations during the ensuing years: The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times and the Vietnam Bureau of Pacific Stars and Stripes. He also served as a spokesman for the 1984 Olympic Games. He is a co-founder of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education which has worked to increase racial and cultural diversity in the news since 1976. He served as the campaign press secretary for Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley in his successful re-election race in 1985. Montiel serves on the boards of the California Council for the Humanities and the California First Amendment Coalition. He is a member of the California Chicano News Media Association. Montiel graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1969 and taught there as an assistant professor of journalism from 1979 to 1981.

Charles Nesson

Charles Nesson is the William F. Weld Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He has worked as a special assistant in the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. His first case, White v. Crook, made race and gender-based jury selection in Alabama unconstitutional. He has participated in several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals. In 1971, Nesson defended Daniel Ellsberg in the Pentagon Papers case.

Charles J. Ogletree Jr.

Charles J. Ogletree Jr. is the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Vice Dean for the Clinical Programs, is a prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law. Professor Ogletree has examined these issues not only in the classroom, on the Internet and in the pages of prestigious law journals, but also in the everyday world of the public defender in the courtroom and in public television forums where these issues can be dramatically revealed. Armed with an arsenal of facts, Charles Ogletree presents and discusses the challenges that face our justice system and its attempt to deliver equal treatment to all our citizens.