Trevor Aaronson is the executive director of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. Aaronson co-founded FCIR, and helped launch the U.S. investigative unit of Al Jazeera Media Network in Washington, D.C. He was a 2010-2011 fellow at the University of California-Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program. Previously, Aaronson was an investigative reporter and editor for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., and a staff writer for Village Voice Media‘s newspapers in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. A two-time finalist for the Livingston Awards, Aaronson has won more than two dozen national and regional awards for his work, including the Molly National Journalism Prize, the international Data Journalism Award and the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award. He is the author of The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism. Follow him on Twitter: @trevoraaronson.

Tristram Korten is the editor of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. Korten is on the Board of Directors for the Florida Society of News Editors, and a former Knight Wallace Fellow in Investigative Journalism at the University of Michigan. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Public Radio International’s “The World,”  Fast Company Magazine, Details Magazine, the Miami Herald, the New York Times, Maclean’s newsweekly (Canada), Courier International (France), among many others. He was previously an investigative reporter and columnist for the Miami New Times, where he won numerous state, regional, and national awards for everything from features to investigative work. Follow him on Twitter: @TristramKorten.


John Dolen is a contributing editor. He served in a variety of editorial management roles in 27 years at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. During this period, ending in 2008, Dolen edited projects, special sections, front-page reports and was responsible for seeking and developing columnists, critics and specialty editors. He earned a B.A. in English at the University of Maryland and worked for several smaller publications before coming to the Sun-Sentinel in 1980. He  lives in Davie and is working on multiple book projects in addition to freelance editing and writing.


Grant Smith is a contributing data reporter. He specializes in data reporting, analysis and GIS mapping, and his work can currently be found regularly in The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. He has also worked for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Gannett News Service. He teaches a web development course at the University of Memphis and blogs about beer at He received his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, where he worked for the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting and as an assistant city editor for the Columbia Missourian daily newspaper. Follow him on Twitter: @grantmeaccess.

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