Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (EST)
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The Child Advocacy Program (CAP) and Child and Youth Advocates (CYA) welcome guest speakers Garrett Therolf, award-winning investigative reporter at the UC Berkeley Investigative Reporting Program and producer of The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez, and Reporter Daniel Lempres, also of the UC Berkeley Investigative Reporting Program.
Garrett and Daniel will discuss their advocacy work utilizing investigative reporting to bring to light a series of child deaths in California. One of these tragedies is chronicled in the acclaimed Netflix documentary, The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez (2020), on which Garrett is a producer. They will also speak about their work to uncover how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated child abuse and neglect.
Garrett Therolf is a reporter for the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley where he works on deeply reported stories that have appeared in The Atlantic and other publications. Prior to arriving at Berkeley, Therolf worked for the Los Angeles Times for a decade, focusing on stories about children and families. He also completed assignments for The Times in Iraq following the fall of Saddam Hussein and Egypt during the Arab Spring. Prior to that, he worked for the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times), The Tampa Tribune, The (Allentown, Pa.) Morning Call and the Associated Press. Therolf received The Times’ award for best explanatory reporting, the Price Child Health and Welfare Journalism Prize three times, and recognition as a Livingston Award finalist twice. He is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Daniel Lempres is a student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism where he studies investigative reporting, narrative writing and radio reporting. He works as a reporter and researcher for the Investigative Reporting Program on projects relating to police accountability and child welfare. Daniel’s work has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today and local outlets in California like the Redwood Times and the East Bay Express. Daniel is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s English Department.