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Geri Spieler
Investigative journalist, research director, research analyst and award-winning speaker Geri Spieler is author of Taking Aim at the President: The Remarkable Story of the Woman who Shot at Gerald Ford. Published by Palgrave-Macmillan, in bookstores on January 12, 2009.

Spieler has written articles for the Los Angeles Times, was a featured correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle, and was published in Westways magazine and Forbes. She founded and edited Electronic Commerce News, a technology journal published by Phillips Business Information, which led to a six-year assignment as a Research Director and Analyst for the Gartner Group, an international technology advising company.

Spieler hosts a live Webinar, "Super Sleuthing: Internet Research Skills Everyone Should Know."

Entries by Geri Spieler

Cancel Africa? Oh, the Heartache

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 11:30 AM

Ebola and terrorism are causing tourists to cancel vacations in all parts of Africa, in particular Kenya.

I'm one of those tourists with a trip planned to go on safari to Kenya and Tanzania. It will be my second trip to Africa, the first was to South Africa...

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Will We Be the Next Extinction?

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 5:18 PM

"The Sixth Extinction is a dense, scientific text... [proving] fascinating for those who are willing to take a highly technical journey through the history of extinction."

In The Sixth Extinction, An Unnatural History, author Elizabeth Kolbert paints a frightening future for our planet. Humans, she predicts, may become the sixth...

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Al Jazeera America: News We Need to See and Hear

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 12:41 PM

Al Jazeera and the Global Media Landscape: The South Is Talking Back
by Tine Ustad Figenschou

". . . being a global journalistic presence is not always popular . . ."

Mention the news company Al Jazeera, and it's likely the response will not be without a strong opinion...

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Waiting 90 Days for Imminent Death

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 1:27 PM

Impossible Odds, The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six
By Jessica Buchanan, Erik Landemalm, Anthony Flacco
Released: June 10, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books (320 pages)

"... spellbinding ..."

The imminent possibly of being executed by a terrorist, feeling...

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Guns: A Civil Conversation?

(20) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 6:42 PM

Book Review: Gun Guys: A Road Trip by Dan Baum

"Gun Guys is smart and informative -- an education for anyone the slightest bit curious about why gun owners are so passionate about their guns."

In the wake of the massacre in December 2012 of 26 children...

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Al Jazeera English: Too Uncomfortable For U.S. Audiences

(14) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 4:07 PM

Are we uncomfortable with news that has not been sanitized by our own American-based networks? Is that the reason there is so much pushback to Al Jazeera English on U.S. network TV?

I think so.

It seems we don't want to see anything that doesn't show the U.S. in...

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A Journey Through the Google Gateway

(1) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 9:03 PM

Would you use one book to do all your research on a subject? Probably not. That is what you do if you use Google as your only source.

Google, while the largest, is not the only search engine in town. Another way to use Google is as a gateway to...

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Newspaper Greats: A Humbling Experience for Serious Journalists

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 1:12 PM

"... an excellent book for those interested in the journalism greats, both past and reasonably contemporary. It should be required reading for journalism majors."

In a world of perishable correspondence, I fear we will lose precious writings to the Internet.

Some would argue that the electronic world allows us to...

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Why Students Plagiarize

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 5:39 PM

Candy (not her real name) needed to get an "A" on her final research paper. An "A" would ensure that her grades for her junior year in high school would help maintain the Grade Point Average (GPA) she was desperate for to qualify for the college of her choice.

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Canvassing South Philly: Silicon Valley Goes East

(4) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 10:05 AM

The backstory about what propelled me from Silicon Valley to the back streets of Philadelphia, Penn., to work for President Obama, is that I learned to value the right to vote at my mother's knee.

The immediate impetus was my outrage over voter suppression. When Pennsylvania House...

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If Obama Losses the Election It Will Be My Fault

(4) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 1:12 PM

I hadn't planned to volunteer for the Obama campaign. I know I will vote for him, so I decided that was enough.

I'm very busy trying to make a living as a freelance writer. I'm one of the 8.1 percent unemployed that has given up looking for...

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San Francisco's Center of COINTELPRO Activity and the Man Who Exposed It

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 2:30 PM

The cast of characters who played a part in the turbulent circus of 1960s and 1970s activities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) informant program includes the man who uncovered the covert operation and a potential presidential assassin.

The San Francisco Bay Area was...

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Nostalgia for the Silly Season: Memories of a Radical Mother

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 1:49 PM

Ah for the years of presidential campaigns gone by.

Political pundits call the run-up to presidential elections the 'silly season.' The time when campaign rhetoric jumps to conclusions about what is going to happen, based on small pieces of information.

As Congress is in recess until September,

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The Ascent of Language and How Culture Shapes Our Perceptions

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 3:38 PM

It is delightful that a respected linguist would take up the challenge of writing about an inelegant word that has become a staple of our spoken language.

Although it is not surprising as his other books including Talking Right: How Conservatives Turned Liberalism into a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi-Eating, Volvo-Driving,...

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Search Your Name Online: Be Prepared for a Shocking Discovery

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 7:28 PM

Come on, admit it. You've Googled your name. Actually, it's a good idea. You should know what is on the Internet about you.

Usually you'll find such things as what you've written, where you've worked, your website, speaking engagements and your blog.


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What Price Safety Over Privacy: A Slippery Slope

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 5:47 PM

How much privacy are we willing to give up ensuring our safety against possible terrorist attacks?

Do we have a choice or has this line already been crossed? Have we become a "Big Brother" society?

Already much of our information has been available online to anyone interested in knowing where...

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We Don't Know What We Don't Know

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 4:22 PM

As a former newspaper reporter, occasionally I was assigned to report on a subject I didn't know well.

I learned that if I don't know what questions to ask. Otherwise I was at a huge disadvantage and at risk for being misled.

When these assignments...

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Opposition Research Revealed

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 4:24 PM

In politics, hubris abounds. It is truly amazing that politicians think they can keep secrets.

After reading, We're with Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics, by Alan Huffman and Michael Rejebian, there is no question--there are no secrets.

The scenarios of secrets revealed are played out...

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New York Times -- The Saga Continues

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2011 | 2:32 PM

Can print journalists be objective about the future of news? Page One: Inside the New York Times and the Future of Journalism attempts to answer this question in 17 essays and interviews with respected and well-known writers from various positions in newspaper and public affairs worldwide.

David Folkenflik, NPR's award-winning...

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The Genius of Design -- Frederick Law Olmsted

(5) Comments | Posted June 5, 2011 | 11:22 PM

Genius of Place, The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted by Justin Martin

Da Capo Press

The gift of artistic vision on the large stage of life is rare. When witnessed it is so overwhelming few can appreciate its impact for years to come.

Such was the man, Frederick Law...

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