Lynn Walsh is a Texas Watchdog alum and an Emmy award-winning journalist who has been working in investigative journalism at the national level as well as locally in California, Ohio, Texas and Florida. Currently she leads the KNSD investigative team at the NBC TV station in San Diego, California, where she is the Investigative Executive Producer. Prior to coming to San Diego, she was working as data producer and investigative reporter for the E.W. Scripps National Desk producing stories for the 30+ Scripps news organizations across the country. Before moving to the national desk, she worked as the Investigative Producer at WPTV, NewsChannel 5, in West Palm Beach, Florida. She has won state and local awards as well as multiple Emmy’s for her stories. She loves holding the powerful accountable and is an expert at fighting for access to public information. Her passion lies in telling multimedia stories that deliver hard hitting facts across multiple platforms. She serves as the president of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Leon Alligood is a journalism professor at Middle Tennessee State University’s School of Journalism in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Mr. Alligood worked for 29 years as a print reporter. For 22 years he was based in Nashville, first at the Nashville Banner, then The Tennessean. While at The Tennessean, he primarily wrote human interest and narrative stories on a variety of beats. He also was an embedded reporter covering the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan and Iraq. His writing has won awards in national, regional and state contests.
Michael Berryhill heads the journalism program at Texas Southern University and previously was on the faculty of the University of Houston’s Jack J. Valenti School of Communication. Before his teaching career, he was a journalist for more than 25 years. His work has appeared in the New York Times magazine, Harper’s, The New Republic, Vogue and Sports Illustrated. He has been a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Houston Press, fine arts editor for the Houston Chronicle, and editor of Houstonian Magazine and Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine. He also directed news and publications at Rice University. In 1994 he was named Print Journalist of the Year by the Press Club of Houston. He has won statewide and national recognition for his environmental writing, features and investigative reporting. He is particularly interested in teaching writing. Before becoming a journalist, he taught American literature and creative writing at Vassar College and was Fulbright junior lecturer in American studies in Lyon, France. His poems have been published in The New American Review, Paris Review and Western Humanities Review. He earned his A.B. in English at Kenyon College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in American studies at the University of Minnesota.