Dan Christensen

Investigative Reporter, Broward Bulldog
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imageDan Christensen is one of South Florida's most experienced reporters. He founded the not-for-profit news site Broward Bulldog in 2009.

As an investigative reporter for The Miami Herald in 2006, Christensen reported how state judges and clerks had hidden hundreds of often newsworthy civil and criminal court cases from public view. Those stories also established that prosecutors and judges in Miami had falsified the public docket to protect informants. The stories led directly to unanimous Florida Supreme Court opinions in 2007 and 2010 that banned those practices.

Christensen reported similar stories in 2003-2004 for the Miami Daily Business Review about excessive secrecy in the federal courts in which judges suppressed all information about newsworthy terror and drug cases. The executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press later called Christensen "the nation's leading journalist on an issue of tremendous First Amendment importance: the increasing trend toward secrecy in our nation's courts."

His stories in 2005 about the private business dealings of the Broward County Sheriff sparked a federal corruption investigation that landed Ken Jenne in prison in 2007. In 2000-2001, Christensen's reporting on a deadly gun-planting conspiracy and cover-up by Miami police officers led to more than a dozen federal indictments. Convictions and reform followed, including the establishment of a long-sought Miami civilian police review panel.

Christensen earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science and urban studies at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.


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