Boston University Summer Journalism Institute

Meet your 2019 instructors.

Jan Brogan

Brogan is a journalist who has worked as a reporter at the Boston Globe, The Providence Journal, and The Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Her freelance magazine work has been published in Boston Magazine, The Improper Bostonian, Technology Illustrated, Forbes Magazine, Good Housekeeping and Ladies Home Journal.

She has worked as a speechwriter for the president of the University of Massachusetts and just completed a book about the 1976 murder of Andrew Puopolo that played such a large role in Boston’s history. She is also the author of four murder mysteries featuring investigative reporter Hallie Ahern. The first in the series, “A Confidential Source,” was recently optioned to Steven Soderbergh for development into a television series.

Jennifer McKim

McKim is a Senior Investigative Reporter at the New England Center for Investigative Reporting who focuses on social justice issues. As a reporter with the Orange County Register, she led a team that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series investigating lead-tainted imported Mexican candies. Most recently, she was awarded two regional Edward R. Murrow awards for stories on mounting jail suicides in Massachusetts and the quest of one convicted felon to clear his name.

McKim worked for five years as a social issues and business reporter at the Boston Globe. There she received a national 2011 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for a story on domestic sex trafficking of minors and a 2nd place 2013 Casey Medal nod for an investigation into a global child pornography network.

Juliet Pennington

Pennington is a Boston-based freelance writer and adjunct professor at Boston University. She writes for The Boston Globe, but is also a frequent contributor to magazines including People, New England Living, and VegNews.

Lara Salahi

Lara Salahi is an award-winning health journalist, author, and educator. She is a digital producer at NBC Boston and an assistant professor of broadcast and digital journalism at Endicott College. She has spent more than a decade working in local news, network and cable television, international print, and documentary film. Her book, Outbreak Culture: The Ebola Crisis and the Next Epidemic, examines each phase of the largest and deadliest Ebola outbreak to date and the fractured system of global outbreak response.

Lara received a dual undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism and International Relations and a minor in French from Boston University, a master’s degree in Health Communication from Emerson College, and a doctorate in Education from Regis College.

Leah Samuel

Leah Samuel is a Boston-based journalist who previously worked as a reporter for the Stat, the Boston Globe’s health science vertical. She also covers issues in education, the workplace and government policy, along with profiles and features. Her work has been published in the Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press and Harvard Magazine, among others.

Rochelle Sharpe

Rochelle Sharpe

Sharpe is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience. Now a freelance writer in Brookline, MA, she’s worked as a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and USA Today. She was a reporter in Washington, D.C. for 13 years, writing extensively about health, labor and various social issues.

A pioneer of database journalism, she has used computers to show how the nation’s medical examiners failed to detect child abuse murders. She’s a graduate of Yale University and has written stories that have led to Congressional hearings and been discussed on Oprah and David Letterman.

Erick Trickey

Trickey is a freelance magazine writer based in Boston, currently writing for Politico Magazine and He covers politics, history, law and courts, cities, arts, and science. He is a former staffer for Boston Magazine and Cleveland Magazine, and has been a City and Regional Magazine Awards Writer of the Year finalist. He teaches magazine writing at Boston University.

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