Archives for April, 2012

Knight moves to support donor transparency

Posted: April 16, 2012 | Tags: Transparency

Nonprofit entrepreneurs are always a little reluctant to comment on the policies and practices of philanthropic foundations, for obvious reasons. If we are too critical or sometimes even a little bit critical, there is a very real risk of our funding drying up. And if we are complimentary, we run the embarrassing risk of appearing to be unctuous and obsequious, resembling Eddie Haskell on the old TV show "Leave it to Beaver."

But nonetheless, and stepping gingerly here, I commend the Knight Foundation for its new policy announced yesterday, requiring journalism and media grantees to disclose the identities and amounts ...

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'Honor and privilege' to work with Mike Wallace

Posted: April 9, 2012 | Tags: 60 Minutes, Charles Lewis, Investigating Power, Mike Wallace

On Saturday, April 7, 2012, one of the most extraordinary broadcast journalists in American history died at the age of 93. Mike Wallace piqued those in power for more than half a century, nowhere more famously than on the CBS News program "60 Minutes," between 1968 and 2008.

I first met Mike in 1984, when he called me out of the blue one day and asked if I had any interest in working for "60 Minutes." I had been an off-air investigative reporter at ABC News in Washington for more than six years, and I was restless. Within weeks, I ...

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