Janet Malcolm laid down the gauntlet for journalists everywhere when she famously characterised their profession as: “A kind of confidence man, preying on people's vanity, ignorance, or loneliness, gaining their trust and betraying them without remorse.” Sally Warhaft speaks to three distinguished reporters to examine the practical and ethical concerns for journalists when cultivating sources. Featuring Washington Post contributing writer and bestselling author Irin Carmon, who broke the Charlie Rose story; Vanity Fair correspondent and NBC News contributor Gabriel Sherman, who was threatened with violence by Roger Ailes; and award–winning New Yorker staff writer Ben Taub who navigates complex relationships while reporting on jihadists in Syria.

Irin Carmon (International)

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Described by The New York Times as being "known for her smarts and feminist bona fides," Irin Carmon is a journalist, author and speaker. She is the co-author of the bestselling book Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a contributing writer to the Washington Post's Outlook section. In November, she teamed up with the Washington Post's investigative team to break the long-buried story of sexual harassment allegations against Charlie Rose, which resulted in the television host's firing from CBS and PBS. Previously, Irin was a national reporter at MSNBC and NBC News and a staff writer at Salon and at Jezebel.

Gabriel Sherman (International)

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Gabriel Sherman is a special correspondent for Vanity Fair and a regular contributor to NBC News and MSNBC. Until last year, Gabriel served as national-affairs editor at New York Magazine. He is the author of the 2014 New York Times bestseller The Loudest Voice in the Room, about the late Fox News C.E.O., Roger Ailes.

Ben Taub (International)

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Ben Taub joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2017. He has written for the magazine about jihadi recruitment in Europe, war crimes in Syria, battlefield medicine, converging crises in the Sahel, and human trafficking along the trans-Saharan migration routes from Nigeria to Italy. In 2014, he received a B.A. in philosophy from Princeton; the next year, he completed an M.A. in politics at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. In 2017, Taub’s work on Syria, which was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, was short-listed for a National Magazine Award and won the Livingston Award for International Reporting, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for International Print reporting, and the Overseas Press Club Award for Investigative Reporting. Taub also received the ASME Next Award for Journalists Under 30, and was named one of the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media.

Sally Warhaft (Australian)

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Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth year. She is a former editor of The Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.