Invited Media

Alison Bass

Alison Bass is an award-winning journalist and an Alicia Patterson Fellow for 2007. A longtime writer and editor for The Boston Globe, she is currently writing a nonfiction book about the pharmaceutical industry. The book, tentatively titled Twisted Medicine: How a single mother and a maverick prosecutor exposed the deception behind one of the most successful drug campaigns in history, is slated to be published by Algonquin Press in early 2008. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Brandeis University.

Kimberly Blanton

Kimberly Blanton is a reporter covering business and real estate for the Boston Globe business section. She has been at the paper since 1991. Prior to assuming her current post, she covered economics and wrote for the Boston Globe Magazine.

Judy Foreman

Judy Foreman is a nationally syndicated health columnist whose columns appear monthly in the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News and other national and international outlets. She also writes a weekly, 350-word feature, a Q&A on health topics, that is also syndicated. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College and has a Master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is an Affiliated Scholar on leave at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. From 2001 to 2004, she was a Lecturer on Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She has been the host of a weekly, call-in radio show on and has won more than 50 journalism awards.

Marilyn Gardner

Marilyn Gardner has spent nearly 30 years as a staff writer and columnist for The Christian Science Monitor in Boston, covering the workplace, retirement, and family issues. In addition to previous assignments as editor of the Living Page and the Home and Family section, she has worked on the Book Page and served on the Monitor¹s editorial board. Ms. Gardner has received awards from the American Society on Aging and the New England Women¹s Press Association. She is a graduate of Principia College.

E.J. Graff

As Senior Researcher at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, E.J. Graff is heading the Gender and Justice Project, where she is investigating and exposing some of the serious inequities, injustices, and human rights issues that confront many women. Since 2001, she has been a Resident Scholar at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center. As an author and journalist, E.J. Graff has written widely about issues of marriage and family, women's lives, and the lives of lesbians, gay men, bisexual, and transgendered people. Her widely praised work is often cited in legal journals, reprinted for use in academic courses and textbooks, entered as courtroom exhibits, and quoted by government policymaking bodies.

In addition to having written two books, E.J. Graff is a senior correspondent for The American Prospect and a contributor to Her work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Boston Globe, Columbia Journalism Review, Los Angeles Times, Ms., The Nation, The New Republic,, Village Voice, Women's Review of Books, and in more than a dozen anthologies. As an expert in social policy, she has appeared in several documentaries; is regularly interviewed by public and commercial media outlets such as NPR, CBC, BBC, PBS, MTV, satellite radio, and cable news; and gives talks and engages in debates at universities, conventions, churches, synagogues, and other public forums, in the U.S. and abroad.

Florence Graves

Florence George Graves is the founding director of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, where she is creating a core staff of journalists to conduct major investigative projects while involving students in in-depth reporting. Since 1996 she has been a Resident Scholar at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center. As an investigative reporter and magazine editor, she has focused largely on investigating and exposing political, government, and corporate abuses of power, particularly in Washington. Her work has led to a number of congressional hearings and government probes and to several reforms in public policies.

Her most recent investigation, a collaboration between the Institute and The Washington Post, was published on April 17, 2006, on page A1. The investigation revealed that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had failed to probe allegations-as federal regulations required-that thousands of unapproved parts manufactured from 1994 to 2002 were installed on Boeing jets. In an earlier collaboration with the Washington Post in 1992, Graves and a colleague broke the story exposing sexual misconduct allegations about a powerful senator, Republican Bob Packwood of Oregon. She founded the national political and investigative journal, Common Cause Magazine, based in Washington, D.C. Her work has been recognized by numerous national awards, including the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for her reporting. She also received the highest award given in magazine journalism, the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, which honors the editing and overall presentation, content, and design of a magazine.

In academia, Graves served as an associate professorial lecturer for six years at The George Washington University in Washington D.C, where she taught students how to create and edit magazines.

Rita Henley

Rita Henley is Founder and Editor in Chief of Women's eNews (, an independent daily news service covering issues of particular concern to women, which has won 26 journalism awards, including the PASS Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and the Rosa Cisneros award from the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region. Jensen also was named by the New York Daily News one of the 100 most influential women in New York. A former senior writer for the National Law Journal and columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, Jensen has more than 20 years of experience in journalism and journalism education, as well as an armload of awards, including the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Alumni award, the Hunter College Presidential Grant for Innovative Uses of Technology in Teaching, the Alicia Patterson fellowship, and the Lloyd P. Burns Public Service prize. Jensen is also a survivor of domestic violence and a former welfare mother who earned degrees from Ohio State University and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Rita Jensen

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Sharon Johnson

Sharon Johnson is a reporter for Women's eNews:

Eileen McNamara

Eileen McNamara is a Pulitzer Prize winning metro columnist for the Boston Globe, and a journalism professor at Brandeis University. 
During nearly 30 years at The Boston Globe, she covered everything from the night police beat to the United States Congress. First hired as a newsroom secretary, she worked her way up through the general assignment staff, the State House Bureau, the special projects team and the Sunday magazine staff to the position of columnist in 1995. 

She is the author of two books: "Breakdown: Sex, Suicide and the Harvard Psychiatrist" (which was an Edgar Award finalist in 1994)and "The Parting Glass: A Toast to the Traditional Pubs of Ireland" (with photographer Eric Roth.) She collaborated with Nan Sook Hong on the book In the Shadow of the Moons: My Life in the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Family.