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Laura Frank, Vice President of Journalism
Laura Frank is a veteran investigative journalist who leads the duPont-winning investigative team at Rocky Mountain PBS. She is the founder of the I-News Network, the investigative news nonprofit that merged with Rocky Mountain Public Media in 2013, the first such merger in the nation.
Laura is a pioneer of collaborative journalism, building an investigative journalism team that specializes in data analysis and research to tell compelling stories that would otherwise go untold – then sharing that reporting with other media outlets to reach the widest public possible.
A Denver native who spent 20 years reporting for newspapers, radio and public television around the country, Laura specialized in investigative reporting and data analysis. She came back to Denver to work as an investigative reporter at Rocky Mountain News. She has trained hundreds of journalists for more than a dozen media organizations. Laura was a founding member of the Institute for Nonprofit News (inn.org), a network of more than 200 nonprofit investigative and public service news organizations nationwide, and now serves as its board chair. Her work has won awards in both broadcast and print, and has inspired the public to make changes in laws and lives, including spurring the release innocent people from prison, protecting abused children and winning aid for sick nuclear-weapons workers.
John Ferrugia, Anchor/Managing Editor of “Insight with John Ferrugia”
John Ferrugia is Colorado’s most honored investigative reporter. His reports have led to changes in state laws, rules and regulations in consumer protection, traffic, child welfare, mental health, and other areas of public policy. His reports on sexual assaults at the U.S. Air Force Academy spurred congressional and Pentagon investigations that prompted a change in leadership and instituted reforms at all military academies to protect victim’s rights.
After a 2018 RMPBS “Insight with John Ferrugia” investigation into access to firearms by known mentally ill persons, the state legislature passed a new statute allowing temporary removal of guns from a potentially violent mentally ill owner.
John joined Rocky Mountain PBS in 2016 to work with an experienced team of reporters, producers, and photojournalists focused on bringing reliable, credible and data-driven information to Colorado and beyond. He has been an investigative reporter in Denver since 1989, coming from CBS News, where he was a White House correspondent and later a principal correspondent on the newsmagazine “West 57th.”
John has been honored with journalism’s most prestigious awards for his investigative reporting, including three Peabody awards, two duPont-Columbia awards, a national Edward R. Murrow award, a national Investigative Reporters and Editors award, a national Society of Professional Journalists award, more than twenty regional Emmy awards, and numerous additional awards from the Colorado Broadcasting Assn. and the Associated Press. His motivation has always been “to use my talents in some way to benefit our community.”
Isaias Medina, Investigative Photojournalist and Editor
Isaias Medina was born and raised in Roswell, NM. He is an accomplished bilingual investigative photojournalist with more than 15 years’ experience. He started his career in news at KOB 4 in Albuquerque. In 2011, he decided to pursue his dream and move to Denver to work for KDVR FOX 31. While at KDVR he won 10 National awards, 13 Heartland Regional Emmys, a National Press Photographer Association Best of Photojournalism award for Best Documentary and an Investigative Reporting Regional Edward R. Murrow award. Isaias' true passion is investigative journalism, but he also enjoys good old storytelling.
Jason Foster, Investigative Photojournalist and Editor
Since the age of 8, Jason Foster has had a camera in his hands and a passion for finding and telling a good stories. With over twenty years of experience working in television, Jason has documented and been on the front lines of some of the country’s biggest news stories. He’s also an accomplished documentary filmmaker, specializing in investigative journalism. When he’s not taking pictures, Jason likes to play chess, garden, attend Burning Man, and talk about himself in third person. Jason Foster is an Investigative Photographer/Editor for INSIGHT at Rocky Mountain Public Media.
Brittany Freeman, Investigative Producer
Brittany Freeman is a graduate of the journalism school at the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to coming to Denver, she worked with the nationally-recognized investigative team at WSMV in Nashville, Tenn. She also worked with the investigative team at KMGH Denver7 before joining Rocky Mountain PBS in 2018. Brittany is always looking for new stories. Send tips to BrittanyFreeman@RMPBS.org or find her on Twitter at @rittanyreeman.
Emily Powers, Intern
Emily Powers is a senior at the University of Missouri School of Journalism where she is concentrating in Convergence Journalism, which encompasses all multimedia storytelling mediums. Throughout her time at Mizzou, Emily has gained special interest working on video and audio production and editing. Last semester, Emily spent the time studying in Barcelona and came back to her home-state to work with the Insight with John Ferrugia team. She is excited and proud to be learning from this extremely talented group of reporters and producers and looks forward to expanding her knowledge of investigative reporting.