Tuesday, April 9th


“Journalism, Silicon Valley and the Rise of ‘Little’ Brother” with pioneering tech journalist John Markoff and investigative journalist Lowell Bergman

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You are cordially invited to join us for a very special evening featuring pioneering tech journalist John Markoff— formerly of the New York Times, who famously won a spying case against Hewlett-Packard — in conversation with award-winning investigative journalist Lowell Bergman, whose investigation of the high-powered tobacco industry was dramatized in the Academy Award-nominated film “The Insider.”

Recommended Reading
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About John Markoff
John Markoff, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, wrote for The New York Times’ science and technology beat for 28 years, where he was widely regarded as the paper’s star technology reporter. He is currently a Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has been a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley School of Journalism, and an adjunct faculty member at the Stanford Graduate Program on Journalism. In 2013, Markoff was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team for Explanatory Reporting “for its penetrating look into business practices by Apple and other technology companies that illustrates the darker side of a changing global economy for workers and consumers.”

His books include: The High Cost of High Tech (with Lennie Siegel); Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier (with Katie Hafner); Takedown: The Pursuit and Capture of America’s Most Wanted Computer Outlaw (with Tsutomu Shimomura); What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry; and Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots. Markoff is currently working on a biography of Stewart Brand.

Markoff continues to work as a freelance journalist for The Times.

About Lowell Bergman
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lowell Bergman is the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism, where he has taught investigative reporting for more than 25 years.

Bergman began his journalism career a half-century ago and has produced an extraordinary body of work on everything from organized crime to wrongful prosecutions, arms and drug trafficking, terrorism, corporate corruption and the California energy crisis at some of the country’s most prestigious news organizations, including 60 Minutes, PBS Frontline and The New York Times. Bergman has won numerous Emmys, seven Alfred I. duPont Awards, three Peabodys and many other awards, including the Robert F. Kennedy Award Grand Prize. In 2009, he was named one of the “30 most notable investigative reporters” in the last century by the George Washington University Encyclopedia of Journalism. His 60 Minutes investigation of the tobacco industry was dramatized in the feature film “The Insider,” which was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

In 2006, he launched the Investigative Reporting Program (IRP), a professional non-profit newsroom through which students gain practical experience in breaking major stories for some of the nation’s foremost print and broadcast outlets. Bergman—along with IRP Director John Temple— recently turned his attention to a new journalism innovation by launching Investigative Studios, a nonprofit production company formally affiliated with the university.

About the Event
The Esther Wojcicki Lectureship was created in 2017 through a generous gift from Taube Philanthropies. The lectureship honors internationally renowned journalism educator Esther Wojcicki, an alumna of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and founder of the Palo Alto High School Media Arts Program, an extraordinary center that is one of the nation’s most distinguished scholastic media programs. The Wojcicki Lecturer is an outstanding journalist who exemplifies the commitment to public enlightenment through bold and eloquent reporting that Esther Wojcicki has championed throughout her career. The Wojcicki Lecturer serves a week-long residency with graduate students, consisting of master classes and seminars.

About Taube Philanthropies
For more than 30 years, Taube Philanthropies has been a leader in supporting diverse educational, research, cultural, community, and youth organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Poland and Israel. Founded by businessman and philanthropist Tad Taube in 1981, and now led by Tad and his wife Dianne Taube, the organization works to ensure that citizens have the freedom and opportunity for advancement of their goals and dreams. Taube Philanthropies makes this a reality by issuing grants through its two foundations, the Taube Family Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture. For more information, visit www.taubephilanthropies.org.


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Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center, UC Berkeley

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Julie Hirano