Faculty, staff, and board

Current instructors

Peter Klein (Program Director/Executive Producer) is the director of the Global Reporting Program and an associate professor and former director of the UBC School of Journalism. He was a producer with CBS News 60 Minutes, and has produced projects for many of the major American news programs, including Frontline, Nightline, 20/20 and 48 Hours. He has written for The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and other newspapers. Peter has won 3 Emmys, 2 Sigma Delta Chis, numerous Edward R. Murrow, Online Journalism Award, Webby honors and several other top journalism awards.

Kathryn Gretsinger (Instructor/Senior Producer) is the lead instructor in the School of Journalism’s Integrated Journalism program. She also contributes to the International Reporting program and the Reporting in Indigenous Communities course. Kathryn is committed to public service journalism and has worked to develop her journalistic skills to reflect the technological change in the industry. She frequently guest hosts radio programs at CBC and continues to work with reporters, producers and editors to train journalists in audio storytelling techniques. Kathryn is a winner of UBC’s renowned Killam Teaching Prize.

Britney Dennison (Multimedia Producer) is the deputy director of the Global Reporting Centre and a multimedia producer for the Global Reporting Program. Her work at the GRC has won numerous awards, including several Edward R. Murrow awards, an Online Journalism award and a Canadian Association of Journalists award. Her work has appeared in the Toronto Star, The Tyee, NBC News, CTV, and Al Jazeera.

Evan Bowness (Teaching Assistant) is a PhD Candidate in IRES. He’s a visual sociologist and urban political ecologist whose research interests include food sovereignty, urban agriculture and agroecology, with fieldwork sites in Canada and Brazil.  Evan has taught a number of courses at the University of Manitoba, including courses on visual methods and sociology and film. His work is funded by SSHRC, Mitacs and UBC.

Dana James (Teaching Assistant) is a PhD Candidate, Vanier Scholar, and Public Scholar at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm (CSFS). Her research centers on pathways to agroecology, food sovereignty/justice, and climate justice. Her doctoral research investigates the determinants of agroecological farming in Brazil, as well as barriers and enabling factors that affect farmers’ uptake of agroecological management practices.

Past Guest speakers

  • Philippe LeBillon is a Professor of Geography at University of British Columbia
  • Zoe Tabary is the Property Rights Editor at Thomson Reuters Foundation
  • Susie Saliola is the Education and Research Analyst at Esri Canada
  • Anusuya Datta is a journalist with special interest in satellite-guided journalism
  • Nate Halverson is an Emmy Award-winning producer for Reveal/Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. She is Senior Correspondent for The Intercept
  • Toby McIntosh is a senior advisor for the Global Investigative Journalism Network’s Resource Center
  • Brian Jacobs is Senior Graphics Editor at National Geographic
  • Evan Thornberry is the GIS Librarian at the University of British Columbia Library
  • Jennifer LeFleur is the data editor at the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the School of Communication at American University

Past instructors

  • Dan McKinney, University of British Columbia
  • Bathseba Opini, University of British Columbia
  • Simon Donnor, University of British Columbia
  • Jiawen Zheng, Nanjing University
  • Kwabena Koranteng, Investigative journalist in Uganda
  • Wen Nainan, Nanjing University
  • Maria Paula Martinez Concha, Universidad de los Andes
  • Claire Ward, Vice News
  • Videsh Kapoor, University of British Columbia
  • Shayla Harris, Documentary filmmaker
  • Sarah Carter, CBS News
  • Trisha Doyle, Investigative journalist
  • Farah Nosh, Award-winning photojournalist
  • Saranaz Barforoush, University of British Columbia
  • Muna Khan, Centre for the Excellence in Journalism
  • Fred Kakooza, Makerere University
  • Dave Rummel, University of British Columbia
  • Kim Frank, Video editor
  • Sebastián Salamanca, Colombian lawyer and journalist
  • Meera Krishnamoorthy, Citizen Matters
  • Taylor Owen, University of British Columbia
  • Peter Herford, Shantou University
  • Patrick Pennefather, Centre for Digital Media
  • Alexander Altunyan, The International University in Moscow

Advisory board

  • Alison Lawton (Honourary Chair)
  • Muna Khan
  • Philippe le Billon
  • Sebastián Salamanca
  • Videsh Kapoor
  • Stuart Sutton-Jones
  • Melissa Chan