“Investigating Trumpworld” will be the featured Showcase Panel on Friday, June 14, at the 2019 IRE Conference in Houston.

The fast-paced panel brings together award-winning journalists from print, radio and TV to offer behind-the-scenes stories and advice about some of the biggest investigations during the Trump Administration. Pierre Thomas of ABC News will moderate the panel, which includes:

  • Andrea Bernstein of WNYC News, co-host of the Trump Inc. podcast (a co-production with ProPublica) and who has helped break key stories including Paul Manafort’s money-laundering and Michael Cohen’s fraudulent business practices.
  • Susanne Craig of The New York Times, part of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning team that painstakingly documented how Donald Trump was not a self-made billionaire.
  • David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post, who won a 2017 Pulitzer Prize for his reporting of Trump’s charities and who continues groundbreaking coverage of Trump family business interests.
  • David Cay Johnston of DCReport, who is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, TV analyst and best-selling author of The Making of Donald Trump who first met Trump in 1988.
  • Michael Rothfeld of The Wall Street Journal, part of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning team that uncovered Trump’s secret payoffs to two women during his campaign who alleged that he had sexual affairs with them.

The panel will shed light on key documents and data that can help journalists in any community investigate wealthy individuals, companies and foundations. The journalists also will offer advice on developing sources to help you navigate through sticky financial wickets. They’ll also talk about how to deal effectively with pushback and attacks on your work from powerful people — even the president.


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