Team CMD

Patricia Barden

Patricia Barden is CMD's IT Director. She graduated summa cum laude from University of Richmond's School of Continuing Studies in 2002.

Sari Williams

Sari Williams is CMD's Graphic Designer and Outreach Manager. She has bachelor's degrees in English, Graphic Design, and Elementary Education.

Lisa Graves

Lisa Graves is CMD's Executive Director and the Editor-in-Chief of PRWatch; she led CMD in launching its award-winning investigation.

Mary Bottari

Mary Bottari is the Deputy Director of the Center for Media and Democracy.

Brendan Fischer

Brendan Fischer is CMD's General Counsel. He graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Nikolina Lazic

Nikolina Lazic is CMD's Executive Assistant. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


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Nick Surgey

Nick Surgey is CMD's Director of Research and an investigative reporter. His work has been featured in The Guardian, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post.

Jessica Mason

Jessica Mason is a CMD research intern. She is completing her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.