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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Panel of Judges


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J. Peter Burgess is a philosopher and political scientist whose research and writing focus on the meeting place between culture, technology and politics, with a special emphasis on the theory and ethics of risk, insecurity and vulnerability. He is Professor of Philosophy and holds the Chair in Geopolitics of Risk at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He holds adjunct professorships at the University of Copenhagen and in the Research Group for Law, Science, Technology and Society of the Free University Brussels. He has written widely on questions of risk and uncertainty, societal security, security technologies, terrorism, surveillance, law and ethics, political and social theory, international relations, gender and the history of culture. Burgess grew up in the U.S. Midwest and earned degrees from the Universities of Colorado, Iowa, Chicago and Columbia University before settling in Norway to raise his family. With three half-Norwegian children grown-up and out the door and a wife on mission with the International Committee of the Red Cross he moved to Paris in 2016 to take his current post.

Jill Geisler

Jill Geisler is the Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago. She also serves as the Freedom Forum Institute Fellow in Women’s Leadership, heading its Power Shift Project. Geisler teaches and coaches newsroom leaders worldwide. She spent 16 years guiding the leadership and management programs of the Poynter Institute. She is the author of the book “Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know,” writes a management column for the Columbia Journalism Review, and produces the podcast: “Q&A: Leadership and Integrity in the Digital Age.” Her first career was in broadcast journalism, as a reporter, anchor, and one of the first female TV news directors in the United States at WITI-TV in Milwaukee. She has been inducted into multiple media halls of fame. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UW–Madison and a masters in leadership studies from Duquesne University.

Mike Gousha

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Mike Gousha serves as a distinguished fellow in law and public policy at Marquette University Law School, where he explores key public policy issues through his work at the Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education. An award-winning journalist, he has been the sole moderator of numerous televised political debates held at the Law School, including the final debate of Wisconsin’s historic 2012 recall election for governor. Gousha recently completed an 11-year stint as contributing anchor and political analyst at WISN-TV in Milwaukee and hosted the statewide political program, UpFront with Mike Gousha. Prior to joining Marquette in 2007, he had a 25-year career with WTMJ-TV, where he served as lead anchor and covered politics. He also is the co-producer of a PBS documentary that aired nationally in the summer of 2020, recounting the nearly half-century that Milwaukee was led by socialist mayors.

Gousha is a member of the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame, as well as the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He received the Associated Press’ Carol Brewer Award for long-term contributions to broadcast journalism in Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Journalism School’s Distinguished Public Service Award. Gousha also is the recipient of the United Community Center’s Friends of the Hispanic Community Award and the Milwaukee Urban League’s Whitney M. Young, Jr. Legacy Award. He graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in journalism.

Lucas Graves

Lucas Graves is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His research focuses on new organizations and practices in the emerging news ecosystem, and more broadly on the challenges digital networks pose to established media and political institutions. His book Deciding What’s True: The Rise of Political Fact-Checking in American Journalism came out in 2016 from Columbia University Press. Graves is affiliated with UW’s Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies and with the Center for Communication and Democracy. He has been a research fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC, and the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University in New York. His research has been supported by the American Press Institute, the Poynter Institute, the Duke Reporters’ Lab and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

Carrie Johnson

Carrie Johnson is a Justice Correspondent for the Washington Desk. She covers a wide variety of stories about justice issues, law enforcement and legal affairs for NPR’s flagship programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered. During the 2019-2020 academic year, she will be a Nieman Foundation Fellow at Harvard University. Prior to coming to NPR in 2010, Johnson worked at the Washington Post for 10 years, when she closely observed the FBI, the Justice Department and criminal trials of the former leaders of Enron, HealthSouth and Tyco. Earlier in her career, she wrote about courts for the weekly publication Legal Times. Her work has been honored with awards from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, the Society for Professional Journalists and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. She has been a finalist for the Loeb award for financial journalism and for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news for team coverage of the massacre at Fort Hood, Texas. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Benedictine University in Illinois.

Jenny price

Jenny Price is the founder and CEO of JP Strategies, a strategic communications consulting firm. She spent a decade as a journalist, primarily with the Associated Press, including posts in Kansas City, Missouri, and Little Rock, Arkansas, where she was one of the first reporters on the scene of the Jonesboro school shooting. She also covered state government and politics for the AP’s capitol bureau in Madison, Wisconsin, including national wire reporting for two presidential campaigns. She has served as an editor and writer for the award-winning On Wisconsin, the nation’s largest-circulation alumni magazine, crafted talking points for campus leaders, secured national media interviews for faculty experts and created communications campaigns for high-profile projects. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She was honored to meet and interview Anthony Shadid for On Wisconsin in 2011.

chuck stokes

Chuck Stokes is the editorial/public affairs director for WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 in Detroit, Michigan. Additionally, he serves as moderator and producer of Spotlight on the News, Michigan’s longest-running weekly news and public affairs show. Before he became Channel 7’s editorial/public affairs director, Stokes worked as the station’s executive producer of special projects in news. And prior to joining WXYZ-TV, Stokes was employed at WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tennessee, as a producer and on-air reporter. Stokes has accumulated a long list of personal awards and achievements including 12 Emmys for editorial reporting and two Emmys for documentary reporting. In 2001, Stokes received the “The Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is a past president of both the National Conference of Editorial Writers and its Foundation. In 2011, Stokes was inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame and in 2012 he received the “Life Membership Award” from the Association of Opinion Journalists (formerly called the National Conference of Editorial Writers).