Our Mission

We will provide essential legal support for journalists, news organizations, and whistleblowers who are targeted by powerful figures because they have tried to bring to light information that is in the public interest and necessary for a functioning democracy.





James Risen serves as Director of the Press Freedom Defense Fund, which is dedicated to supporting news organizations, journalists, and whistleblowers in legal fights in which a substantial public interest, freedom of the press, or related human or civil right is at stake. Risen was himself a target of the U.S. government’s crackdown on journalists and whistleblowers. He waged a seven-year battle, risking jail, after the Bush and Obama administrations sought to force him to testify and reveal his confidential sources in a leak investigation. As a New York Times reporter, Risen won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his stories about the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program. He currently also serves as The Intercept’s Senior National Security Correspondent.



As Deputy Director for the Press Freedom Defense Fund, Kate Myers is responsible for the revenue strategy, marketing and partnerships, and business operations of the fund. Myers is passionate about supporting a fierce, independent, and adversarial press. She currently serves as Executive Director, Revenue and Operations, for First Look Media’s nonprofit arm. Previously, Kate led growth strategy at Inside Higher Ed as the Vice President for Business Development, and spent many years in various roles in digital product, business development, and audience and corporate strategy at National Public Radio.



As Legal Director of the Press Freedom Defense Fund, David S. Bralow brings a wealth of experience in media law including First Amendment expertise, national security issues, FOIA prosecutions and appeals, defamation, and privacy. Prior to joining First Look Media, Bralow was of counsel in the Media, Communication and Entertainment Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP. He also served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Digital First Media, a multi-platform media company with the second largest newspaper circulation in the United States; and as Assistant General Counsel for 13 years at the Tribune Company, where he provided legal advice to their newspapers, websites and television stations.

Advisory Committee