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SARA GANIM

Director, Writer

Sara Ganim is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, with 15 years of experience in print and television. She started her career as a newspaper reporter and won a Pulitzer Prize at age 24 for breaking and covering the investigation into former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse of young boys. 

Ganim then spent seven years at CNN, covering a range of issues, including government agencies, ethics and conflicts, sexual misconduct on Capitol Hill, the rise of the anti-fascist movement in the U.S., deadly hazing at American Universities, the NCAA’s mishandling of concussions, and American drinking water issues. In 2015, she won a Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her Investigative report exposing the low reading levels of some college athletes. 

She has consulted on documentary and feature films, including the 2018 HBO film Paterno.

In 2018, Ganim’s first documentary, a 30-minute investigative piece on drinking water in rural America titled Dirty Water, aired on CNN.

In June 2019, she was named the University of Florida’s first Hearst Journalism Fellow at its Brechner Center for Freedom of Information. There, she is working with students on data journalism projects.

In 2019, she started a production company called Cedar Production, with her husband, NBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos.

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LENNART BOURIN

Executive Producer, Director of Photography, Writer

Lennart Bourin is the winner of three National Emmy Awards, was part of the DuPont Award winning team at ABC News which covered 9/11, and part of the Emmy Award winning coverage of President Obama's election night victory.

Bourin currently is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Video Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism where he has taught for more than two decades. He has been an advisor on numerous documentary projects including one that won an Academy Award in the student division. He has been and continues as a Talent Coach for major news platforms. He has trained anchors and reporters at CNN, ABC News, Bloomberg TV, Weather.com, Yahoo Finance and various local news outlets.

Previously, Bourin was a News Cameraman for NBC Network News covering stories all over the world, Chief Cameraman at News 12 Long Island, and a Show Producer and Writer at WNYW News, N.Y.

He also spent 20 years at ABC News as Miami bureau producer, a senior segment producer, writing and producing stories for various shows, including World News Tonight, Good Morning America, 20/20, and Nightline. He also worked as a broadcast producer for World News Tonight and Good Morning America.

Bourin has an M.S. degree from Columbia’s Graduate Journalism School.

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THOMAS XENAKIS

Editor

Thomas Xenakis is a video editor and post production supervisor. He has edited, directed and written features, shorts and documentaries. He also teaches editing for Broadcast at Columbia University and coordinated the ESRA NY Film School program. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College and of the Sorbonne University. He is based in New York City. 

ROBERT P. UFER

Executive Producer

Bob Ufer is an entrepreneur with a broad range of business and professional experience. Trained as a lawyer, Ufer left the practice of law to run the International Hockey League, the highest minor professional hockey league in North America. He then served as President of Service Brands International and led their expansion of service business, franchise concepts. He is currently an owner and director of The Solutions Group, Inc., a Michigan software development company; Swift Self Storage, LLC, a climate-controlled facility in Bradenton, Florida; and Pointe Alarm, a commercial and residential security and fire alarm company in southeast Michigan. Throughout his career, Ufer has also been involved in commercial real estate acquisitions and management in southeast Michigan, as well as Arizona, California and Florida. This is his first venture into film journalism.

Ufer is involved with many charitable organizations, particularly those helping young people to realize their potential. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Horizons-Upward Bound (HUB), which brings inner-city, high school students to Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, for college preparatory courses and personal growth experiences. In 2017, Ufer co-founded Washtenaw Promise, a Michigan community-oriented non-profit, supporting preschool education in the Ypsilanti/Willow Run area (www.washtenawpromise.org).

Ufer obtained his undergraduate degree from Yale University, graduating with honors and exceptional distinction in economics, and a law degree from Harvard University.

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TORI WHIDDEN

Associate Producer

Tori Whidden is a 2019 graduate of the University of Florida, where she received a B.S. in Journalism and a minor in geography. She has worked as a reporter for WUFT-FM, the Independent Florida Alligator and the Gainesville Sun, where she reported and produced stories for print and digital publications as well as for social media. She also works at the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at UF where she coordinates a staff of student researchers gathering data through freedom-of-information requests to government agencies across the country. Whidden is from West Palm Beach, Florida. 

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