Josh Wolf
Jailed American vlogger
Josh Wolf
Joshua Wolf is an American video activist who was jailed by a Federal district court on August 1, 2006 for refusing to turn over a collection of videotapes he recorded during a July 2005 demonstration in San Francisco, California. Wolf served 226 days in prison at the Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin, California, longer than any other journalist in U.S. history has served for protecting source materials. With permission from the prosecution, U.S.
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Tara Reid Rambles Incoherently
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Have you ever wanted a lesson in marine biology from a learned celebrity? Well, this isn't going to be it. On Tuesday night, Tara Reid and her "Sharknado" co-star Ian Ziering appeared on "Shark After Dark," a live show that runs at night as part of the Discovery Channel's Shark Week lineup. At one point in the show, Reid announced that she had done some prior research because she didn't want to sound "stupid," before launching into some utterly incoherent rambling on sharks: "So I look up sharks on the Internet and I see whale sharks. And I'm like it must mean a whale and a shark had sex. And then I think, well how does a whale and shark have sex? ... Because whales are mammals, and sharks are animals. They have nothing to do with each other," Reid explained as Ziering and the show's host Josh Wolf didn't bother to hold back their smirks, followed by sheer mockery. "So basically, the dolphins have sex with each other, but the sharks don't. So I thought, then ho ...
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Tricia Todd: Committing Acts of Journalism
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Co-authored by Eric Matthies -- Co-Producer/Director of the documentary film, Killing The Messenger: The Deadly Cost of News The question of who is and who isn't a journalist should no longer be in question. Modern methods enable modern reporting. To quote journalism professor Jeff Jarvis: "There are no journalists, only the service of journalism." The importance of the definition is in direct relation to who is protected under the "Free Flow of Information Act of 2013." This bill is essentially a Federal Shield Law designed to protect journalists from having to disclose their confidential sources. A version of this law was shot down in 2009 but is back waiting for a vote by the 113th Congress after public outcry over the secret subpoena of Associated Press phone records and the calling out of James Rosen as a "co-conspirator" in a leak case. Additionally, the Justice Dept. is putting an undue amount of pressure on NYT reporter James Risen to testify in an Espionag ...
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A shark talk show highlight's Discovery's week
Yahoo News - over 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Comic Josh Wolf may not want to hear the word "shark" after next week, much less bump into one.
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Reporters jailed for refusing to testify
Fox News - almost 4 years
The following information is taken from Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press' "Paying the Price: A recent census of reporters jailed or fined for refusing to testify" and from the First Amendment Center's "Jailed & subpoenaed journalists — a historical timeline." •           1917, Robert E. Holliway of the St. Louis Republic was jailed for contempt of court after refusing to reveal the sources for his story, &quot7 True Bills are Voted in Coal Inquiry,&quot in which he reported that a grand jury returned seven previously unannounced indictments in an investigation of the coal industry. •           1936, Martin Mooney, a reporter for the New York American, was called as a witness before a grand jury probing alleged violations of gambling and lottery laws after he wrote an article saying the grand jury's investigations into these charges were ineffective. After refusing to answer questions and furnish the names and addresses of his sources on the grounds that th ...
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Wednesday's Talk Shows
LATimes - almost 5 years
Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 15 - 21 in PDF format TV listings for the week of April 15 - 21 in PDF format are also available here This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS  Today Julie Andrews; Emily Blunt; Neon Trees; Chris Kimball; Blythe Danner. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC  Good Morning America Lucy Liu; Liz Vaccariello. (N) 7 a.m. KABC  Rachael Ray Underwear; Casey Wilson; Train performs. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL  Live With Kelly Olivia Wilde; Kevin Hart; Science Bob; Mike Greenberg. (N) 9 a.m. KABC  The View Jaleel White. (N) 10 a.m. KABC  The Talk Cast members from the 1965 film “The Sound of Music”; Theresa Caputo; Chi-Lan Lieu. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS  The Doctors Hormones and hot flashes, fatigue and weight gain. 2 p.m. KCBS  Dr. Phil Male escorts tell of their services and prices. (N) 3 p.m. KCBS  The Dr. Oz Show Disgusting habits; repulsive ingredients in food. (N) 3 p.m. KABC  ...
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Wednesday's Talk Shows
LATimes - almost 5 years
Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 8 - 14 in PDF format TV listings for the week of April 8 - 14 in PDF format are also available here This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning Carole King; author John Grisham; directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS  Today Ricky Gervais; Pauly D. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC  Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC  Rachael Ray Tori Spelling; Dr. Sanjay Gupta. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL  Live With Kelly DJ Cassidy; Cheryl Hines; Monica and Brandy perform; co-host Carson Kressley. (N) 9 a.m. KABC  The View Edie Falco; Trisha Yearwood. (N) 10 a.m. KABC  The Talk Adam Goldberg; chefs Gina and Patrick Neely. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS  The Doctors Surgeries, procedures and home remedies for pain; headaches; throbbing joints; face-lift. 2 p.m. KCBS  Dr. Phil A man and his 18-year-old stepson, who are involved in an ongoing feud, come face to face. (N) 3 p.m. KCBS  The Ellen DeGeneres Show Khloé Kardashian Odom; Gabriel Angelo; Ellie Gould ...
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Indybay Journalist Arrested at #NoFare BART Protest in Powell Street Station ... - Bay Area Indymedia
Google News - over 5 years
My arrest can be heard as the crowd objects, to my arrest and others at the time, and then seen, in Josh Wolf's video starting at 6:50. Dan Hartwig knows this reporter quite well after two and a half years, as do many BART administrators and directors
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Court rules that campus graduate must pay defendant's court costs in conduct ... - Daily Californian
Google News - over 5 years
As a result of the ruling, Josh Wolf — a recent graduate of the campus Graduate School of Journalism — will be required to pay $747.90 in court costs to campus professor of clinical optometry Robert DiMartino.While the initial amount DiMartino sought
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Project Runway Review: Life Imitates Avant-Garde - Poptimal.com
Google News - over 5 years
Bert and Josh C.'s design, especially Josh's wolf design, thus far were literal translations of the painting. Running out of time, Laura used a hot glue gun to tack her design. Olivier ran out of time by spending too much time on the bodice of his
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Josh Wolf must pay damages to professor - San Francisco Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
A bizarre dispute between indie journalist Josh Wolf and an optometry professor reached its dramatic conclusion Friday in Berkeley small claims court. At issue was whether Wolf had to reimburse Cal Professor Robert DiMartino $1066
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DISORDERLY CONDUCT: #OpBART 3 Recap (with Krystof, Josh Wolf and Crappy Tires) - Bay Area Indymedia
Google News - over 5 years
(2 Hour interwebz talk show) On air guests include: Krystof of No Justice No BART, photo journalist Josh Wolf, and Crappy Tires Only two arrests were made and this week the peaceful protesters were not blamed for any service interruptions
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Threats or payback? - San Francisco Bay View
Google News - over 5 years
DeBray Carpenter, better known as Fly Benzo, called a press conference July 28 on his release from jail after all charges – originally making terrorizing threats and resisting arrest – were dropped. Shortly after SFPD murdered Kenneth
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Media Roots Interview with Filmmaker, Journalist Josh Wolf - Bay Area Indymedia
Google News - over 5 years
Josh Wolf is a journalist and filmmaker who served 226 days in prison for refusing to turn over a collection of video tapes he recorded during a demonstration. In this interview, Abby Martin speaks to Josh
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Berkeley graduates detained, released in BART protest - Daily Californian
Google News - over 5 years
Josh Wolf and Helene Goupil, graduates of the campus's Graduate School of Journalism, were among a group of approximately 40 protesters detained by the San Francisco Police Department along the wall of the city's Main Library
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Biker dedicates trip across Kansas to brain cancer victim - Kansas City Star
Google News - over 5 years
Josh Wolf, a Shawnee Mission Northwest graduate, will bike across Kansas before running in Sunday's Head for the Cure 5K race at Corporate Woods. The race, which begins at 8 am, raises funds for brain cancer research
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Strong voter turnout in Wisconsin - Politico
Google News - over 5 years
Josh Wolf, campaign manager for Democratic Rep. Fred Clark said he was heartened by numbers, calling Baraboo “our hub.” Jason Wolf, campaign manager for Democratic Rep. Fred Clark said he was heartened by numbers, calling Baraboo “our hub
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Chelsea Handler ends 'Lies' tour with true humor at Pechanga - Southwest Riverside News Network
Google News - over 5 years
But it was her opening acts — “Chelsea Lately” stars Brad Wollack, Heather McDonald, Josh Wolf — that carried the big laughs for the evening. All three stand-up aces delivered exceptional routines — each playing to their individual strengths
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TV Junkie: The Unnecessary Noise About 'Breaking Bad' & AMC - LAist
Google News - over 5 years
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Mary McCormack; comic Josh Wolf; comic Loni Love; comic Ryan Stout. 11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Jason Bateman; actor Noah Ringer; Ron Funches performs. 11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Colin Farrell;
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Josh Wolf
    TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 25
    After Josh Wolf took a job as a general assignment reporter at the Palo Alto Daily Post in 2008, he had some choice words for critics who have questioned his claim of being a journalist.
    More Details Hide Details "If the haters who said I wasn't a real journalist, are still lurking," Wolf wrote on his blog, "I hope you don't have too much indigestion after eating your words.'
  • 2007
    Age 24
    On April 3, 2007, according to Wolf's lawyer David Greene, prosecutors dropped their insistence that Wolf testify before a grand jury after he posted the unaired video online.
    More Details Hide Details With permission from the prosecution, U.S. District Judge William Alsup signed an order requiring Wolf's release from the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California. There were a number of important legal issues at dispute in this case, including: Wolf argued that first amendment protections allow journalists to refuse to comply when a grand jury is not conducted in good faith. Specifically, Wolf believes that the government wants his video tapes to help them identify people who were participating in the protests, not for actual footage of a crime that was committed. He has also argued that the federal prosecutor's claim for standing is tenuous (based on the fact that federal funds helped to pay for a police car that was damaged), and that the case was brought before a federal grand jury in order to avoid California's shield laws. There is no Federal Shield Law at this time.
    On April 3, 2007, Wolf posted the unpublished footage on his blog after being assured that he would not have to testify about the footage.
    More Details Hide Details The US District Court empaneled a grand jury to determine whether arson charges should be brought against some of the protesters on the suspicion that they may have intended to damage a police car by firing a bottle rocket under it, even though the only official damage reported was to a tail light. The premise for Federal intervention in a case involving a city police car was that the car was funded in part by Federal dollars. Josh Wolf did not shoot any footage of the car incident. But because he shot other video footage elsewhere during the protest, and the identities of some of the protesters were allegedly known to him, Wolf was targeted by Federal officials. Wolf was subpoenaed by the court, requiring him to turn over his footage and submit to testifying before the grand jury. Specifically, the FBI subpoenaed him to provide "all documents, writings and recordings related to protest activities conducted in San Francisco" between 6:30 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on July 8 as well any cameras, recording devices, and his computer.
    In 2007, Wolf also ran for mayor of San Francisco against incumbent Gavin Newsom (finishing in 8th place with about 1% of the vote).
    More Details Hide Details Wolf was born in California. He was raised by a single mother, Liz Wolf-Spada, who is an elementary school teacher. His middle name, Selassie, is in honor of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I. His mother was born into a Jewish family, and converted to Christianity, becoming a Messianic Jew and raising Wolf a Christian.
    With permission from the prosecution, U.S. District Judge William Alsup ordered Wolf's release on April 3, 2007.
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    On July 4, 2007, Wolf announced his candidacy for the office of Mayor of San Francisco, against incumbent Gavin Newsom.
    More Details Hide Details Promising an "open and transparent government", Wolf stated he would wear a video camera everywhere he does his mayoral business. His platform also discussed homelessness, crime, transportation, public works, gay marriage, medical marijuana and other issues. Wolf finished in 8th place with 1.24% of votes cast.
    In a televised interview on February 9, 2007, Wolf and his attorney, Martin Garbus, responded to the question of the legitimacy of federal involvement, by claiming that the legal efforts against Wolf were part of a broader attempt by the government to learn the identity of people within the video who are critical of the Bush administration and to suppress American journalism at large.
    More Details Hide Details Wolf stated during his portion of the interview via phone from prison that he has offered to allow the judge to review "in camera" the raw footage to determine if there's any applicable evidence within the video and the U.S. Attorney's office refused the offer based on a legal technicality. Wolf also said that the raw video does not offer any more applicable evidence of the arson or assault charges. The U.S. Attorney's office declined to participate in the interview but a spokesperson sent a statement saying they were obligated to gather evidence and that six separate judges have "... ruled that this office has issued a lawful subpoena for legitimate investigative purposes ". The Rise Up Network Legal Fund held a benefit to help free Josh Wolf and the media in general on September 21, 2006. Featured speakers included Ross Mirkarimi, Chris Daly, and Judith Miller.
    On February 28, 2007, syndicated columnist Debra Saunders attacked the credibility of Wolf's arguments, namely the lack of an expectation of privacy of those he was filming.
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    February 7, 2007 marked the 169th day of Wolf's imprisonment, surpassing the time served by Vanessa Leggett, a Houston-based freelancer who was imprisoned for 168 days in 2001 and 2002 for declining to reveal unpublished material about a murder case.
    More Details Hide Details Wolf remained in jail for a total of 226 days, the longest time a U.S. journalist has been held in contempt for refusing to divulge sources or unpublished material.
  • 2006
    Age 23
    Josh Wolf was the only journalist jailed for his professional activities in the United States in 2006, according to Committee to Protect Journalists (this organization is a member of International Freedom of Expression Exchange).
    More Details Hide Details Support in the journalistic community is not uniform, however.
    Questions of Wolf's legitimacy as a journalist have been answered by support from various journalist groups. For example, In 2006, The Society of Professional Journalists awarded Josh Wolf with a Journalist of the Year award "for upholding the principles of a free and independent press."
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    On September 18, 2006 his bail was revoked and Wolf returned to prison on September 22, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The entire en banc Court of Appeals refused Wolf's subsequent appeals.
    A federal appeals court granted him bail on August 31, 2006 and he was released on September 1, although Wolf again refused to comply with the district court order that he produce the videotape.
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    Wolf refused to comply with the subpoena. His case was picked up by the National Lawyers Guild who asked a federal magistrate in San Francisco to block the grand jury subpoena, arguing that taking such action would have a chilling effect on other journalists covering future protests. U.S. District Judge William Alsup rejected this argument and ordered Wolf be jailed on August 1, 2006 for contempt of court until he complied.
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  • 2005
    Age 22
    Wolf, a video activist who reported on numerous protest and progressive events, videotaped an anti-G8 anarchist protest in San Francisco on July 8, 2005 in which the protesters wore masks to hide their identities.
    More Details Hide Details Later that same night, and over the next few days, Wolf posted edited clips of his video to a local activist news website, Bay Area Indymedia (Indybay). Wolf also sold some video to a television broadcast station (KRON) the day after the protest. In the process of documenting protest actions, Wolf had recorded a tense scene of a protester being choked by a police officer and other officers threatening passers-by with stun guns. The only other recording that was broadcast nearly as much was a still photograph of a bloody police officer who was injured during the protest, not taken by Wolf. Other activists who posted video and photographs to the Bay Area Indymedia website were contacted by the FBI seeking their original source materials, but it is unknown how many, if any, turned over their recordings to Federal authorities. Wolf's videotape is the only known source material from the protest to have been sought by subpoena after refusal to turn it over.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2000
    Age 17
    Wolf attended Wrightwood Elementary School in Wrightwood, California and Pinon Mesa Middle School in Phelan, California. He graduated from Serrano High School in Phelan, California in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Wolf received a bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University in 2006, and finished a master's degree at the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in 2011.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1982
    Born
    Born in 1982.
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