Russell Carollo, 42, a native of suburban New Orleans, has a journalism degree from Louisiana State University and a history degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. He is a former University of Michigan journalism fellow, and he recently completed a two-week fellowship in Japan awarded by the International Center for Journalists.
He has worked for more than six years as a special projects reporter at the Dayton Daily News. He also has worked for newspapers in Washington state, Mississippi and Louisiana. In addition to his special projects assignments in the United States, Carollo has covered stories in Bosnia and in Zaire.
In the past six years, Carollo has been a Pulitzer finalist twice, and he has won three Investigative Reporters and Editors awards (one a Gold Medal), Harvard University's Goldsmith Award, the White House Correspondents' Association Edgar A. Poe award, the Society of Professional Journalists national award for investigative reporting, a John Hancock award and several state and local journalism awards.
Jeff Nesmith, 57, a native of Hillsborough County, Florida, graduated from the University of Florida School of Journalism in 1963.
After teaching English to 12th graders at the Howey Academy in Florida for a year, he went to work for The Atlanta Constitution, where he started as an obituary writer and later covered police, city government and state politics before moving to investigative reporting. Nesmith also worked for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin as an investigative reporter before returning to the Constitution as a correspondent in the Washington bureau, where he eventually moved to the national staff of the paper's parent company, Cox.
In 1996, Nesmith was a Pulitzer finalist and also won an Investigative Reporters and Editors Gold Medal and Harvard University's Goldsmith Award.