“In just a few short years, our programs have grown tremendously –– a testament to the importance of this work despite the enormous challenges of navigating our new media landscape,” reads a letter from Brown. “We are proud to now be recognized as one of the nation’s most trusted sources of public health information.”
The crowd at the Thursday celebration heard a panel discussion moderated by Dean Brown featuring graduates of the Dalla Lana Fellowship in Global Journalism, Drs. Blair Bingham and Radha Kohly, alongside IJB Director Robert Cribb, and Dalla Lana Fellowship in Global Journalism Director Robert Steiner. There were also speeches from Drs. Seema Marwaha and Catherine Varnier, and IJB reporters Declan Keogh and Wendy-Ann Clarke, recipient of the inaugural CJF-IJB Black Investigative Journalism Fellowship.
Capping off the night was the presentation of an Arbor Award, the university’s highest honour for volunteers, to IJB Business Advisory Board Co-Chair and journalism aficionado Gerry Gotfrit.
“He’s kind of a unicorn,” director Cribb said of Gotfrit. “There aren’t many people in this country at his status, stature and background who care so deeply about investigative journalism.”