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.
James R. Kukar, Associate Editor
Jim is a semi-retired journalist with almost 50 years’ experience, the last 15 on the news desk of The Miami Herald.
He was at one time editor of Miami Magazine and The North Dade Journal (now Herald Neighbors). He also served as administrative assistant to the late Congressman William Lehman.
Jim began his career as a reporter in Fort Smith, Ark. and worked in San Angelo, Texas, Oklahoma City and Wichita, Kan. before coming to Miami.
Jeff Forgoston, Assistant Editor
Jeff was for many years a reporter and assistant city editor at the Sun-Sentinel.
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.
John Dorschner, Reporter
John Dorschner retired in March after 42 years with the Miami Herald. Much of that time he was a writer with the Sunday magazine, Tropic. For the last decade, he wrote about healthcare economics, including the troubles at Jackson Health System.
John is co-author of two books: The Winds of December, a popular history of Cuba narrating the downfall of Batista and the coming to power of Castro, and How Florida Got Its Shape. Three of his Herald articles have appeared in college textbooks on writing.
In 2001, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Romania, studying post-Communist economies and how the Romanian example might apply to a post-Castro Cuba.
Among the journalism wards he’s won are two National Headliner Awards and a Green Eyeshade Award.
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.
William Hladky, Reporter
William (Bill) Hladky recently retired from the Miami-Dade Police Department as a homicide detective after 30 years in law enforcement.
Before becoming a cop, Bill was a newspaper reporter for several newspapers, including the Fort Lauderdale Sun- Sentinel, the Savannah Morning News and Evening Press, and the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
Bill has received numerous awards for his journalistic and criminal investigations.
Bill has earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University. In 2013, he was awarded a second Master’s Degree from Nova Southeastern University in Criminal Justice.
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.
Amber Statler-Matthews, Reporter
Amber is an award-winning television news producer who has worked in the industry for 24 years.
Previously she was a newscast producer, field producer, special projects producer and an Executive Producer for the last 16 years. Amber has worked for ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX.
In 2008, Amber won an Emmy for Best Crime Investigation for a story about Cargo Theft across the state. In 2010, she won the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eye Shade Award for Best Investigative Report “Medicare Fraud: The New Cocaine Cowboys.”
She has also produced medical stories for the past 11 years and in 2002 won the South Florida Hospital Award for Excellence for medical stories produced at WPLG-TV.
Amber is a native of South Florida and has lived and worked here her entire life.