Andy Hall, executive director
Andy Hall, a co-founder of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and a former Investigative Reporters and Editors board member, won dozens of awards for his reporting in 26 years at the Wisconsin State Journal and The Arizona Republic. Since the Center’s launch in 2009, he has overseen the Center’s journalistic and financial operations. Hall began his career in 1982 as a copyboy at The New York Times. At The Republic, Hall helped break the “Keating Five” scandal involving Sen. John McCain. At the State Journal, Hall’s stories held government and the powerful accountable and protected the vulnerable through coverage that addressed the racial achievement gap in public schools and helped spark the creation of the nationally noted Schools of Hope volunteer tutoring program, revealed NCAA violations by University of Wisconsin athletes, and exposed appalling conditions in neglected neighborhoods such as Allied Drive and Worthington Park. Hall won a first-place award in 2008 for beat reporting from the Education Writers Association. He also has received National Headliner, Gerald Loeb, James K. Batten and Inland Press Association awards for investigative, financial, deadline and civic journalism coverage. Hall has served as a mentor to the staff of La Comunidad, a Spanish-language newspaper in Madison, and has taught numerous courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication. He currently serves on the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council Board of Directors, Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism Board of Directors, and Indiana University Media School’s Journalism Alumni Board. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and, in 2016, received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the IU Media School.
Dee J. Hall, managing editor
Dee J. Hall, a co-founder of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, joined the staff as managing editor in June 2015. She is responsible for the Center’s daily news operations. She worked at the Wisconsin State Journal for 24 years as an editor and reporter focusing on projects and investigations. A 1982 graduate of Indiana University’s journalism school, Hall served reporting internships at the weekly Lake County Star in Crown Point, Ind., The Gary (Ind.) Post-Tribune, The Louisville (Ky.) Times and The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times. Prior to returning to her hometown of Madison in 1990, she was a reporter for eight years at The Arizona Republic newspaper in Phoenix, where she covered city government, schools and the environment. During her 35-year journalism career, Hall has won more than three dozen local, state and national awards for her work, including the 2001 State Journal investigation that uncovered a $4 million-a-year secret campaign machine operated by Wisconsin’s top legislative leaders.
Lauren Fuhrmann, associate director
Lauren Fuhrmann joined the Center in 2011 after receiving her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. A Wisconsin native, her reporting has focused on environmental and health issues. Fuhrmann previously researched audience engagement as a social media intern for Harvest Public Media and spent two years as a multimedia reporter for KBIA 91.3 FM and the Columbia Missourian. At the Center, Fuhrmann leads revenue development efforts as well as public engagement initiatives, including events, social media, newsletter and promotional materials; tracks the distribution and assesses the impact of WCIJ’s news stories; assists with development of donors and writing of grant reports; handles bookkeeping duties; produces photos, audio and video content; and copyedits stories. Fuhrmann is vice president of the Madison Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She was among five young leaders in the inaugural group of “Future Headliners” honored in 2014 by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.
Coburn Dukehart, digital and multimedia director
Coburn Dukehart joined the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism after 16 years of distinguished work at national news organizations. Her role at the Center includes directing its visual strategy, creating visual and audio content, managing digital assets and training student and professional journalists. Dukehart previously was a senior photo editor at National Geographic, where she managed and wrote for the Proof blog, which showcases international documentary projects. From 2007 to 2013 she was the picture and multimedia editor at NPR — the first person in that role — where she oversaw a wide range of projects, including directing the overall visual strategy for NPR, training reporters in photography, covering daily and long-term assignments, coordinating with the legal and financial departments, implementing a newsroom-wide digital asset management system, and advising on the content management system used by hundreds of NPR producers. She has also worked as a photo editor at USATODAY.com and washingtonpost.com, interned in the White House photo department, and worked for a London-based international publishing group. Dukehart has received numerous multimedia awards from the National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year International and the White House News Photographers Association — most recently placing third in the documentary category of the WHNPA multimedia contest. Her multimedia work also has been honored with a Webby, a Gracie, a Murrow and duPont awards, and she was nominated for a national Emmy. She has coached at a variety of multimedia workshops, including the Syracuse Fall Workshop, the National Press Photographers Association Multimedia Immersion and the Eddie Adams Workshop. Dukehart received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Sarah Whites-Koditschek, WPR Mike Simonson Memorial Investigative Reporting Fellow
Sarah Whites-Koditschek joined the Center in 2018 as the Wisconsin Public Radio Mike Simonson Memorial Investigative Reporting Fellow. Previously Sarah worked as a Little Rock-based reporter covering healthcare, education, and politics for Arkansas Public Media, a statewide journalism project she initiated and helped launch in 2016. Her stories have aired on American Public Media’s Marketplace and on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She has also reported and produced news for WHYY in Philadelphia. Sarah is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism where she earned a Master’s degree at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.
Barbara Johnson, senior strategic adviser
Barbara Johnson joined the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism in 2016, shortly after retiring from her position as president of Rowland Reading Foundation in Madison. A volunteer at the Center, Johnson draws upon her extensive professional experience and contacts to strengthen the Center’s operations, with a special focus on the development of the Center’s business model. Johnson launched the Rowland Reading Foundation, which developed and published materials for young readers, in 2003 for Pleasant Rowland, a Madison entrepreneur and philanthropist. The foundation sold its assets in 2015. Johnson has spent her career in publishing, working as a reporter and editor for magazines and newspapers before moving into business roles. She served under Steven Brill as president of American Lawyer Media, the legal publishing and cable TV division (Court TV) of Time Warner in New York. After the sale of ALM in 1998, she worked with Seth Godin at Yoyodyne, the Internet’s first direct marketing company, and started an email publishing business. Johnson has served on the boards of public and private companies and as an operating partner of a private equity firm. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Christopher J. Glueck, development consultant
Christopher Glueck joined the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism in 2015, shortly after retiring from his position as a senior director of development at the University of Wisconsin Foundation. In his 12 years there, Glueck worked with alumni and friends of UW-Madison, primarily on behalf of the College of Letters & Science. Glueck had a broad focus, traveling throughout the nation and succeeding in helping a significant number of people realize their interests in supporting the university in a variety of ways, ranging from annual gifts to scholarships to chairs and professorships. Prior to that, Glueck spent 30 years in the high-tech field working in sales, product management, marketing and management positions, primarily with Wang Laboratories, Inc. and NCR Corporation. He earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from UW-Madison and a master’s in business administration from Rivier College (now Rivier University) in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Gail Kohl, development consultant
Gail Kohl came to the Center in 2010 with more than 30 years of fundraising experience for both statewide and local organizations, including American Players Theatre, Taliesin Preservation Commission, Frank Lloyd Wright Heritage Tourism Program, United Cerebral Palsy, Seth Peterson Cottage Conservancy and Big Top Chautauqua. From 1993 until 2010, Kohl was development director of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. Over her career, Kohl has been responsible for major gifts, project and operations funding, membership development and enhancement, strategic partnerships and alliances, event planning and coordination, special projects, proposal and grant writing.
Christa Westerberg, counsel
Christa Westerberg is an attorney at Pines Bach LLP in Madison, Wisconsin, where she practices environmental, civil rights, and open government law. Since 2008, Westerberg has served as the vice president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council.
Emily Neinfeldt, public engagement and marketing assistant
Emily Neinfeldt joined the Center in September 2017 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in journalism and political science. Before working at the Center, she was a news intern at Wispolitics.com. She has also worked as associate news editor, features editor and managing editor at The Badger Herald, an independent student newspaper.
Natalie Yahr, public engagement and marketing intern
Natalie Yahr joined the Center August 2018 as a student in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Professional Masters in Journalism program. Prior to joining the Center, she served as Digital News Producer for Listening Post New Orleans. Her stories have appeared on New Orleans Public Radio and Scalawag, and she’s one of the original producers for the Bring Your Own live storytelling series.
Grigor Atanesian, reporting fellow
Grigor Atanesian is an Edmund S. Muskie fellow at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. He is a former editor and deputy editor-in-chief of Esquire Russia. He has contributed to The Guardian, PRI (Public Radio International), The Moscow Times, GQ, Forbes, OpenDemocracy and other publications, reporting from Kyiv, Donetsk, Serbia, Bosnia, Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. Since 2017, he has studied investigative reporting at the Missouri School of Journalism via a Fulbright grant.
Belle Lin, reporting fellow
Belle Lin is an investigative reporting fellow from the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia Journalism School. She is a graduate of the investigative reporting master’s program at Columbia, and has covered health care, immigration, and social issues. She previously worked in the tech industry in San Francisco.
Emily Hamer, reporting intern
Emily Hamer is a recent graduate of UW–Madison with degrees in journalism and philosophy. She has formerly worked as an intern for University Communications and WisPolitics, and as an editor at The Badger Herald newspaper.
Mary Matthias, reporter
Mary Matthias became an investigative reporter for the Center in September 2016 after retiring as the top attorney in the nonpartisan agency that provides legal and policy advice to the Wisconsin Legislature. Matthias joined the Wisconsin Legislative Council in 1988, progressing from Staff Attorney to Senior Staff Attorney and Principal Attorney and becoming an expert on issues at the Capitol. A native of Sheboygan, she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983 and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1988. At the Legislative Council, Matthias served as counsel to numerous standing committees of the Legislature, focusing primarily on higher education, health, mental health, housing and economic development. She served on more than 20 Special Study Committees on topics including homelessness, infant mortality, Alzheimer’s and dementia and school funding. Matthias also collaborated with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Population Health Institute and the La Follette School of Public Affairs as a partner in the Evidence-Based Health Policy Project. In her role at the Center, Matthias serves as a volunteer, digging into stories alone and in collaboration with the Center’s professional journalists and paid student interns as well as news organizations that work with the Center.