Staff

Dan Christensen, Editor 

Dan founded Florida Bulldog in 2009 using the name Broward Bulldog. He is an award-winning former investigative reporter for The Miami Herald and Daily Business Review, and one of South Florida’s most experienced reporters. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science from the University of Miami.

Dan’s stories about Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne’s private business dealings sparked a federal corruption investigation that landed Jenne in prison in 2007. His stories about hidden and falsified court records in Broward, Miami-Dade and elsewhere in Florida for The Miami Herald in 2006 led to a pair of unanimous Florida Supreme Court decisions in 2007 and 2010 outlawing those practices.

Similar stories for the Daily Business Review in 2003-2004 exposed excessive secrecy in the federal courts. The executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press later called Dan “the nation’s leading journalist on an issue of tremendous First Amendment importance: the increasing trend toward secrecy in our nation’s courts.”

In 2000-2001, Dan’s reporting about a deadly gun-planting conspiracy and cover-up by Miami police resulted in the indictment of more than a dozen officers and significant governmental reform, including the establishment of Miami’s long sought civilian review panel.

Jeff Forgoston, Assistant Editor

Jeff was for many years a reporter and assistant city editor at the Sun-Sentinel.

Mel Frishman, Assistant Editor

Mel Frishman retired in 2007 as Broward news editor of The Miami Herald after a 48-year newspaper career. He began working for The Miami News as a senior at Miami High, and served in several key positions there before the paper’s demise in December 1988. At The News, he was news editor, copy chief, assistant city editor, reporter and copy editor – and at age 24 had been executive sports editor (the first year of the Miami Dolphins). For a year Frishman was a copy editor and reporter at Newsday on Long Island. He worked at The Miami Herald for 18 years, where he also had been assistant Dade news editor.

Frishman, a huge baseball fan, graduated from the University of Miami, where he was the first sophomore editor of the college newspaper, and belonged to several honor societies. He later was an adjunct writing and editing instructor at Miami-Dade College and the UM. His favorite word: lollipop.

Mel and Wynne, both native South Floridians, have been married for 28 years and live in Pembroke Pines. Each has three children. Together they have 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Kitty Barran, Director of Development

Kitty works behind the scenes promoting the organization through events, marketing and fundraising. She has more than 20 years’ experience in communications and marketing for international companies and small nonprofits.

Kitty spent much of her career fielding questions from inquiring reporters as the head of the media relations departments at Farmers Insurance Group in Los Angeles and Zurich Financial Services in London. Tired of the corporate rat race, she started Moms on a Mission, a Fort Lauderdale volunteer group that raised money for local children’s charities.

A self-professed alternative news junkie, Kitty understands and supports the nonprofit journalism revolution now underway. Although she vowed to never talk to a reporter again as long as she lived, she now thinks it’s okay to chat with them as long as they don’t quote her.

She was appointed to serve as a member of Broward Bulldog’s board of directors in February 2012.

Francisco Alvarado, Reporter

Francisco is a South Florida-raised journalist. During an 11-year run as a staff writer for the alternative weekly newspaper Miami New Times won multiple state journalism awards.

During his career, he has profiled a wide array of seedy characters including a crack head snitch, a cocaine trafficking murderer, gay meth dealers, marijuana growers, and shady politicians. His series about North Bay Village activist Fane Lozman led to the arrest, conviction, and removal from office of the city’s mayor and three commissioners in 2004.

His 2008 and 2009 series about Miami’s underground backyard fights served as the inspiration for an ESPN mini-documentary and the upcoming full length feature film, “Dawg Fight,” by the makers of “Cocaine Cowboys” and “The U” documentaries. In 2011, an expose about Miami-Dade College’s police academy prompted the school to terminate the contract of the academy’s director Richard Moss.

Francisco began his journalism career at Miami Today and the Daily Business Review. A Nicaraguan-born Miamian, Francisco has an undergraduate degree in English from Barry University.

Eric Barton, Reporter

Eric is a freelance writer and editor based in South Florida. He writes a column for the BBC and regularly contributes to publications including Food & Wine, City & Shore, Gold Coast Magazine, Boca Raton Magazine, and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

He spent 10 years as a reporter for daily newspapers and won regional and national awards for his beat coverage and investigative work. He spent seven years as an editor at two Village Voice Media publications. 

Beyond his reporting in Florida, Eric has also covered politics and social issues in multiple countries, including the Turks and Caicos, Curaçao, and Haiti. In addition to awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Education Writers Association, Eric is also the recipient of a World Affairs Journalism Fellowship from the International Center for Journalists.

William Gjebre, Reporter

Bill worked as a reporter for newspapers in Schenectady, N.Y., Paterson, N.J., and Queens N.Y., before coming to South Florida to join the Miami Beach Sun.

He later reported for The Miami News, where he worked for 20 years, handling a variety of assignments, including police, labor and governmental affairs, including reporting on City of Miami government and politics. When The News shutdown in 1988, he worked for Miami Dade County Public Schools, providing information on the district’s construction program and for the past 14 years he worked for the Office of Labor Relations.

Ann Henson Feltgen, Reporter

Ann worked as a reporter in the Florida Keys, where for 10 years she covered county and state government for two newspapers and worked as a stringer for the Boston Globe.

Before moving to Florida, this Minnesota native worked for two decades as a freelance writer and public relations consultant.

Buddy Nevins, Reporter

Buddy is a New York City native who has been a South Florida journalist for over 40 years. He operates the political web site, Browardbeat.com

Nevins started his career at 16, writing feature stories and a byline column for national teen magazines.

While in college, Nevins wrote about politics. He covered the 1972 national political conventions for the Chicago Tribune-New York Daily News Syndicate and wrote for political magazines such as Ramparts.

He covered Florida politics since the early 1970s for The Fort Lauderdale Newsand then for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, writing a column which offered a peek behind closed doors.

Other than politics, Nevins is the winner of numerous state and national prizes for his investigations into cruise ship safety, airport construction, the brokerage industry, boiler room fraud and other subjects.

In 2007, Nevins didn’t need a crystal ball to see the grim future of newspapers. He took a buyout from the Tribune Company, owners of the Sun-Sentinel.

Even if you read his column for years, you may not know: Nevins is a University of Miami graduate, an education he helped finance by writing for supermarket tabloids.

 

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