Infiltrating News: A Conversation with Editors and Reporters from THE INTERCEPT

Rodrigo Brandao and Sharon Lerner from The Intercept in conversation with Raza Rumi from the Park Center for Independent Media

Fearless, adversarial journalism that holds the powerful accountable.

The Intercept is an award-winning news organization dedicated to holding the powerful accountable through fearless, adversarial journalism. Its in-depth investigations and unflinching analysis focus on politics, war, surveillance, corruption, the environment, technology, criminal justice, the media, and more. The Intercept gives its journalists the editorial freedom and legal support they need to expose corruption and injustice wherever they find it.

Sharon Lerner, THE INTERCEPT

Sharon Lerner is an Investigative Reporter at The Intercept covering health, science, and the environment. Her work focuses on how corporate pollution impacts ordinary Americans as well as failures within the environmental regulatory process. Her stories have been used in congressional hearings, have helped lead the U.S. Air Force to discontinue use of PFC-containing firefighting foam, and have helped get PFOA listed in the Stockholm Convention. Her investigation of chlorpyrifos was the first to lay out how the Trump administration might reverse a long-awaited ban of the pesticide. Her stories have also appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, and the Washington Post, among other publications. Sharon’s reporting has received an Izzy Award and awards from the Society for Environmental Journalists, the American Public Health Association, the Women and Politics Institute, and the Newswoman’s Club of New York.

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Sharon Lerner’s series about perfluorinated chemicals, “The Teflon Toxin,” was a finalist for a National Magazine Award and featured in the documentary, The Devil We Know. Her ongoing coverage of those chemicals, in the “Bad Chemistry” series, has won several awards. Sharon has also covered health issues and, in 2010, wrote a book on American family policy. She has worked in public radio and turned one of her investigative pieces for The Intercept, about an environmental activist who landed in prison, into a long-form radio piece.

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Rodrigo Brandao, THE INTERCEPT

Rodrigo Brandão is the Senior Director, Communications and Strategy at The Intercept. He was formerly the Director of Communications.

Previously, he oversaw media strategy for Kino Lorber’s feature film releases and established Cinema Slate, a label focused on Latin American cinema. At Kino Lorber, he executed successful campaigns for several fiction and nonfiction titles, including “Who is Dayani Cristal?” (director Marc Silver), “Finding Fela” (Alex Gibney), “Ixcanul” (Jayro Bustamante), “Machines” (Rahul Jain), “Tom of Finland” (Dome Karukoski), and the Academy Award-nominated “5 Broken Cameras” (Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi), among others.


Brandão has taught workshops on film publicity and participated in several film festival panel discussions and jury selection committees. He recently joined the board of directors at the Center for LGBTQ Studies at CUNY (CLAGS).

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brandão began his communications studies at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and earned degrees from Ithaca College in Cinema and Photography (B.S.) and Art History (B.A.).

Raza Ahmad Rumi, Director, Park Center for Independent Media

Raza Ahmad Rumi is a Pakistani policy analyst, journalist and an author. He is Director of the Park Center for Independent Media and teaches in the Journalism department at Ithaca College.  His books include Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani Traveler; The Fractious Path: Pakistan's Democratic Transition; Identity, Faith, and Conflict; and Being Pakistani:  Society, Culture, and the Arts.  He is also Visiting Faculty at Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. During 2015-2017, he was a scholar in residence at Ithaca College through the Ithaca City of Asylum Program, where he taught courses in the journalism and writing departments. He has also  taught at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University. He has been a fellow at the New America Foundation, United States Institute of Peace and the National Endowment for Democracy. He is a member of think tank at Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Georgetown University; and a nonresident fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. 


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