Our Staff

Myron Levin

email hidden; JavaScript is required | Editor Myron founded FairWarning after more than 20 years as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where he was a member of the California investigations desk. He has won numerous honors and awards for his detailed investigations of health and safety matters, including an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship and the National Press Club’s Consumer Journalism Award. He has reported on the tobacco industry, auto and tire safety, and a variety of product liability issues. He was a research consultant for the documentary film “Addiction Incorporated.” He also appears in the film, which was directed by Charles Evans, Jr., and tells the story of former Philip Morris scientist and whistleblower Victor DeNoble. He likes hiking and playing racquetball, and he owns a minuscule share of a professional minor league baseball team. Myron is a member of FairWarning’s board of directors.

Stuart Silversteinemail hidden; JavaScript is required | Assistant Editor Stuart Silverstein is a veteran reporter and editor who worked on the business, metro and national news staffs of the Los Angeles Times. He covered, among other beats, organized labor, economics and higher education. During his 32-year newspaper career, Stu also worked for dailies in Dallas, Atlanta and Buffalo. Stu has taught business journalism at USC. When he isn’t chasing stories, Stu enjoys seeing foreign films, studying foreign languages, working out and swimming. And he is interested in anything having to do with his hometown, Buffalo, N.Y.

Brian JosephBrian Joseph | Staff Writer Brian has been a journalist for a dozen years, working as a reporter for the Orange County Register, The Sacramento Bee and The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.). Most recently, he held a fellowship with the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. A George Polk Award winner, he has reported on consumer safety and government regulation, among other topics. Brian is a proud graduate of the Missouri University School of Journalism, but remains a dedicated, and obsessed, fan of the Nebraska Cornhusker football team, which he’s rooted for since growing up in Omaha.

Bridget Huberemail hidden; JavaScript is required | Contributor Bridget Huber is a print and radio reporter based in Oakland, California. Her work has been published by The New York Times, The Nation, The Associated Press, Mother Jones, The American Prospect, The Christian Science Monitor and others. She is an alumna of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism where she focused on public health reporting.

Richard Schmitt

Richard B. Schmitt | Contributor Rick Schmitt has been a working journalist for more than 30 years. For two decades, he was a reporter and editor with the Wall Street Journal, including postings in Dallas, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, where he covered the banking and oil industries, and the business of law. Rick was part of a WSJ team that won a 1997 George Polk award for reporting on dangerous diet drugs. He was also among the Journal reporters who covered the 2000 presidential election recount in Florida. From 2003 to 2008, he was the Justice Department correspondent in the Washington bureau of the Los Angeles Times, where he covered the Bush Administration’s war on terror, among other issues. Since 2009, he has found a silver lining in the woes of the newspaper business, working as a freelance writer out of his home in Maryland. He has profiled financial Cassandra Brooksley Born, plumbed the workings of the FBI gun background check system, and chronicled the prosecution of Somali pirates. When he is not working, he is usually spending time with family or his 1933 Mason & Hamlin grand piano.

Michelle Ziomek | Contributor – Art and Design Michelle’s work experience includes graphic design, journalism, and product management. A native of Oklahoma, she received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Indiana University, and a graduate degree in Graphic Design in 2014 from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. After her toddler finally goes to bed, she enjoys practicing fine art bookbinding and rooting for her hometown NBA team – the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Diana Hoff

Diana Hoff | Business Manager Diana serves as vice president of Fluffco, LLC, and owner of GBS Dezign USA, a web development firm. Prior to Fluffco and GBS, she held several management positions at Renaissance Bankcard Services and Sears Credit. Diana also serves on various boards and advisory committees for local non-profit organizations in the Portland, Ore., metro area. She is also administrator of The Renaissance Foundation.

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