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Kristina Borjesson

 

The Whistleblower Newsroom

Investigative reporter and producer Kristina Borjesson is internationally known for blowing the whistle on the American news industry, beginning with her landmark book, INTO THE BUZZSAW: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press. The book was inspired by her own experience of losing two network television jobs while assigned to investigate the controversial 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800. Into the Buzzsaw won the National Press Club’s prestigious Arthur Rowse Award and the Independent Publishers Gold Medal Award.

Borjesson followed up with a second book, “Feet To The Fire,” The Media After 9/11, Top Journalists Speak Out, in which mainstream reporters and news executives exposed the coercion, corruption and self-censorship that resulted in their failure to accurately report on the Bush administration’s false rationales for going to war with Iraq. Borjesson again won the Independent Publishers award for this book. In television, Borjesson’s most recent documentary, TWA Flight 800, featured an unprecedented number of whistleblowing insiders exposing an official cover-up of evidence and facts pertaining to the crash that involved several federal agencies—including the NTSB, CIA and FBI.  The film broke viewership records at the Epix premium cable channel and continues to garner high ratings on a number of sites, including Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon and IMDb. Borjesson has produced for a number of other American and European television outlets, including CBS, CNN, Arte and Canal Plus.  She won an Emmy for her investigative reporting on Legacy of Shame, CBS Network’s update of Edward R. Murrow’s signature documentary, Harvest of Shame.  In Legacy of Shame, Borjesson uncovered and exposed a three-state smuggling ring of undocumented workers. Her reporting resulted in a 17-year jail term for the head of the operation.  She was again nominated for an Emmy for a CBS Reports profile of Fidel Castro and was field producer/fixer and Creole translator for the Emmy-nominated Frontline program, Showdown in Haiti.  In radio, Borjesson produced and co-hosted WBAI-radio’s popular “Expert Witness Show” in New York City for five years.  She and host/veteran DEA agent Mike Levine examined law enforcement issues and current events from a law enforcement perspective. Borjesson regularly lectures and appears on panels and programs to discuss media issues while continuing to produce investigative documentaries.

 

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