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Panelist Biographies

Charles Lewis -

Charles Lewis is a bestselling author and investigative journalist who has founded or co-founded three nonprofit organizations to help promote investigative reporting and encourage government transparency.

Lewis began working in journalism at age 17 in the sports department of the Wilmington, Delaware, News-Journal.  From 1977 through 1988, he was an investigative reporter at ABC News and at CBS News as a producer for senior correspondent Mike Wallace at 60 Minutes. 

After quitting his successful career, Lewis founded the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan watchdog organization that investigates political influence, corruption and other ethics-related issues.  He served at the organization’s executive director until December 2004.

In 2001, Lewis created a project to monitor and report on corruption, government accountability and openness around the world. In 2004, with 200 respected social scientists and investigative reporters in 25 countries, the Global Integrity Report and The Corruption Notebooks were published. This project evolved into a new nonprofit organization called Global Integrity.

Lewis is currently the president and CEO of the Fund for Independence in Journalism, which was created to foster quality investigative journalism.  He is a member of the Committee of Concerned Journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Press Club, PEN USA and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Judith Miller -

Judith Miller is an author and Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for her work at the New York Times.  She gained notoriety in 2005 for defending her rights and refusing to reveal a confidential source.  After her appeals were denied, Miller spent 85 days in jail.  She is now an advocate for protecting the relationship between reporters and their sources.

Miller began her career as the Washington bureau chief at The Progressive and as a contributor to “All Things Considered” on National Public Radio.  She also contributed articles to many other publications.

In 1977, Miller began working for The New York Times.  She worked in the Washington Bureau, specializing in politics, foreign affairs and the Middle East.  In 1983 she became the first woman to be promoted to the head of the bureau in Cairo, Egypt, making her responsible for covering news relating to the Arab world.  During her career at The New York Times, Miller also served as a Paris correspondent, Washington Bureau news editor, special correspondent to the Persian Gulf crisis and special correspondent for The New York Time’s Sunday Magazine.

Along with new reporting, Miller wrote or co-wrote four books and has contributed to several more.  Her publications include “One, By One, By One,” “Saddam Hussein and the Crisis in the Gulf,” “God Has Ninety-Nine Names,” and “Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War.”

Currently, Miller is an activist for the rights of journalists, especially promoting federal “shield laws,” and delivers many lectures on topics including the Middle East, Islam, terrorism, biological and chemical weapons and other national security topics.

Bernard M. Judge

Bernard M. Judge, 67, is a veteran Chicago newspaper executive who has served in management positions at the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and City News Bureau of Chicago during 42 years in the competitive world of Chicago journalism. 

Mr. Judge began his career in 1965 at City News Bureau--the first professional experience for many Chicago reporters--before joining the Tribune in 1966 where he went on to cover Criminal Courts, Federal Courts, the Daley Center and State government and politics. He became city editor in 1974 and assistant managing editor in 1979.  Two investigative reporting projects he directed as City Editor won the Pulitzer Prize. Mr. Judge served as editor and general manager of City News in 1983-1984 before joining the Sun-Times as metropolitan editor and later, associate editor. In 1988 he was hired by Law Bulletin Publishing Company, a corporation that publishes legal newspapers, magazines and books, as editor and vice president of Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. A year later he was named editor and publisher of Chicago Lawyer magazine after it was purchased by the company. He became editor and publisher of the daily in 2001.  Mr. Judge retired in July 2007.

Mr. Judge has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror.  He was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 2000.He received a lifetime achievement award from the Headline club in 2002 and the Excellence in Journalism award from the City Club in 2004, the James C Craven Freedom of the Press award from the Illinois Press Association in 2007. 

Mr. Judge has been a part-time journalism instructor at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston. He serves on the boards of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Catholic Charities, Illinois First Amendment Center, and the Fenwick High School Board and Foundation. He is married to Kimbeth Judge, has three grown children and lives in Chicago.

Phil Kadner

Phil Kadner is an award winning page 2 news columnist and associate editor for the Daily Southtown, which covers the South Side of Chicago and surrounding south suburban metropolitan area.

Kadner began writing his column, which appears five times a week, in 1985. He won the Illinois Press Association Award for column writing in 2007 and the Associated Press Editors Association award for column writing in 2006 and 2005. He also has received eight awards for column writing and public service from the Chicago Headline Club, the largest professional chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists in the nation.  Kadner has also been honored by the Illinois Press Association with its James C. Craven Freedom of the Press Award “for his commitment to the principles of a free and open press.”

In 2003, Kadner received an Ethics in Journalism Award from the Chicago Headline Club. As vice president for freedom of information for the Headline Club, Kadner worked closely with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to create a new public access counselor’s office. For the first time in the history of Illinois an assistant attorney general is assigned specifically to investigate citizen allegations of government violations of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and Illinois Open Meetings Act. The access counselor is also assigned to lead free public workshops about these laws.

Before becoming a full-time columnist, Kadner was editorial page editor of the Daily Southtown from 1983 to 1985 and Chicago edition editor from 1978 to 1983.  Kadner graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.

Dave McKinney

Dave McKinney is the Springfield bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times. He has covered state government and politics for the newspaper since 1995. During that time, he has won awards from the Associated Press, Illinois Press Association and the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, which recognized him for best beat reporting in 2006. He has written extensively about wrongdoing under former Gov. George Ryan and about allegations of corruption facing Gov. Blagojevich's administration. McKinney, 43, is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and lives in Springfield with his wife and two children.

Charles N. Wheeler III

Charles N. Wheeler III, the director of the Public Affairs Reporting program at UIS, is a veteran newsman who came to Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Wheeler covered state government and politics for the Sun-Times since 1970, when he covered the Sixth Illinois Constitutional Convention. For the last 19 years of his Sun-Times tenure, Wheeler was assigned to the newspaper's Statehouse bureau. During that time, he was elected to 16 consecutive one-year terms as president of the Illinois Legislative Correspondents Association and served for many years on the PAR program and admissions committees.

Since 1984, he has written a monthly column for Illinois Issues magazine, which won the Capitolbeat award for magazine commentary/analysis the last three years. In 2006, the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association inducted him into The Lincoln League of Journalists, which honors men and women who have provided exemplary service to other journalists and to daily newspapers published in Illinois.

Before joining the Sun-Times in 1969, Wheeler served more than three years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Panama. He is a graduate of St. Mary's University, Winona, MN, majoring in English, and received a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Bill Wheelhouse

Bill Wheelhouse, the broadcast writing instructor for the Public Affairs Reporting program at UIS, is general manager of WUIS/WIPA-FM, the Illinois Public Radio flagship station and local public radio affiliate.

Before assuming his current post in August, 2005, Wheelhouse served more than 10 years as Statehouse bureau chief for Illinois Public Radio and WUIS.

During his time in the Statehouse, Wheelhouse won several awards including Best Investigative Reporter from the Associated Press and Best Statehouse Beat Reporting from the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors in 2004. He traveled to Cuba in 1999 with then Gov. George Ryan and provided coverage of that trip from Havana. He has covered national political conventions in 1988, 1996, 2000 and 2004.

Before coming to WUIS/WIPA, he served eight years as news director of public radio station WIUM-FM in Macomb. While there, he won several AP awards in Iowa and Illinois. Wheelhouse also worked in radio and television in Quincy. He is a past president of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.

A native of Rushville, Wheelhouse is a graduate of Western Illinois University and received a master’s degree in political studies from UIS.

Pinky Wassenberg

Pinky Wassenberg is Dean of the College of Public Affairs & Administration and a Professor of Political Studies at UIS.

She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington State University and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark School of Law. Her research interests include the evaluation of juvenile justice initiatives and the diffusion of innovative court approaches to problems of delinquency and mental disorders.




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