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Joe Rubin

Joe Rubin is an investigative journalist and innovative storyteller. "iWitness," the interview series he helped create for PBS' FRONTLINE/World, won the 2009 Webby Award for the best online news and video series. As a videojournalist, Rubin helped usher in an era of backpack, NPR-style television reporting from five continents for programs such as ABC's "Nightline" and FRONTLINE/World. Rubin's documentaries have ranged from a look at present-day Cuba through the prism of vintage car mechanics to an investigation into the maddening hunt for notorious Serbian war criminals Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic. Several of Rubin's projects have tackled environmental issues, including a documentary he produced for Al Jazeera English about a showdown in California over its global warming reduction law.  

Susanne Rust is a former investigative reporter for The Center for Investigative Reporting who focused on the environment. Before joining CIR, Susanne held a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University. She began her journalism career in 2003 at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In her last three years at the Journal Sentinel, she focused much of her reporting on dangerous chemicals and lax regulations, working with colleagues Meg Kissinger and Cary Spivak. The series “Chemical Fallout” won numerous national awards, including a Sigma Delta Chi Award, George Polk Award, and two Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards in 2009 and 2010. The series also won the John B. Oakes Award for environmental reporting. Susanne and Meg were finalists in 2009 for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting. She also shared a National Headliner Award in 2010 for a series on conflicts of interest involving doctors and research at the University of Wisconsin.