Presenter Biographies

This page provides biographies of the journalists who took part as presenters in "Criminal Justice and the Media," a three-part NACDL tutorial series that explores how journalists can effectively inform the public on one of the most important, dynamic and omnipresent forces in American society: the Criminal Justice System.

Linda Deutsch is a Special Correspondent for the Associated Press, where she has covered trials for nearly fifty years. Deutsch is also the co-author of Covering the Courts: An Associated Press Manual for Reporters and was a Pulitzer Prize nominee for her coverage of the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials. She has covered numerous trials for the Associated Press, including those of Sirhan Sirhan, Charles Manson, Patty Hearst, Angela Davis, Daniel Ellsberg, John Z. DeLorean, Exxon Valdez skipper Joseph Hazelwood, William Kennedy Smith, and the Menendez Brothers. Deutsch continues her work covering trials to this day. Deutsch’s work has been widely recognized and she has received many awards, including the University of Missouri’s Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism and the Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) National First Amendment Award. SPJ also honored her as the Fellow of the Society, the highest honor awarded for contributions to the journalism profession. Read more here.

Gary Fields is a reporter at the Wall Street Journal, where he covers criminal justice issues. Fields is also a board member for the Fund for Investigative Journalism, which supports investigate reporting projects around the world. He previously covered criminal justice for USA Today and the Washington Times after beginning his career as a sports writer at the Nachitoches Times (La.). In 1997, Fields was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. He has also received the National Press Foundation “Feddie” Award, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award, the Deadline Club Omnibus Award for Minority Issues, the Thurgood Marshall Journalism Award for covering death penalty issues, the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, and the National Alliance of Mental Illness Journalism Award. Read more here.

Carrie Johnson is a Justice Correspondent for NPR, where she covers a wide variety of stories about justice issues, law enforcement and legal affairs for NPR's flagship programs, Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as newscasts and Prior to coming to NPR in 2010, Johnson worked at the Washington Post for 10 years, where she closely observed the FBI, the Justice Department and numerous criminal trials. Earlier in her career, she wrote about courts for the weekly publication Legal Times. Her work has been honored with awards from the Society for Professional Journalists and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. She has been a finalist for the Loeb award for financial journalism and for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news for team coverage of the massacre at Fort Hood, Texas. Read more here.

Adam Liptak is the Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times. Liptak joined the Times’s news staff in 2002 and has been covering the Supreme Court since 2008. Adam previously practiced law at the New York City law firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel and in the legal department of the New York Times. He has written a column, “Sidebar,” on developments in the law, since 2007. Liptak’s series on ways in which the United States’s legal system differs from those of other developed nations, “American Exception,” was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting. He received the 2010 Scripps Howard Award for Washington Reporting for his coverage and analysis of the Roberts Court. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Business Week and the American Lawyer. Read more here.

David Savage is the Supreme Court correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, a role he has served since 1986, and the Chicago Tribune. Prior to taking up the Court beat, Savage was the Times ’ education writer based in Los Angeles. Savage is the author of Turning Right: The Making of the Rehnquist Supreme Court, published in 1992, which covered the efforts of the Reagan and first Bush administrations to remake the high court. He has also contributed to the American Bar Association Journal and offered regular legal commentary on NPR’s "Talk of the Nation" program.

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