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Anatomy of the Investigation: Local Housing Stories You Can’t Afford to Miss 

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March 26


1:00 PM


2:00 PM


A lack of affordable housing, low-income challenges and deplorable living conditions – often with appalling landlords, safety concerns and little oversight – are challenges happening in most communities across the country. But finding and digging into these stories – and telling them in memorable, impactful ways – isn’t always easy. These panelists will share their best tips and experience for investigating America’s housing crisis where you live. This free local journalism webinar series will continue into the spring and is open to any IRE member.

Date and Time

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. (ET)


Josh Hinkle, KXAN (moderator)
Josh Hinkle is KXAN’s director of investigations and innovation, leading the station’s duPont and IRE Award-winning investigative team on multiple platforms. He also leads KXAN’s political coverage as executive producer and host of “State of Texas,” a weekly statewide program focused on the Texas Legislature and elections. In 2021, he was elected to the IRE Board of Directors and currently serves as its vice president.

Doug MacMillan, The Washington Post
Doug MacMillan is a corporate accountability reporter for The Washington Post, based in Washington, DC. His stories have uncovered harmful practices by businesses in a wide range of industries including senior housing, nuclear waste and digital data mining. MacMillan previously covered the rise of today's tech giants from the San Francisco bureaus of The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.

Lois Norder, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Lois Norder has led investigative projects that exposed wrongdoing, changed laws and protected the vulnerable in a career spanning four decades. Since 2012, she has been senior editor for investigations at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where her team’s project on Doctors & Sex Abuse won multiple national awards and was named a Pulitzer finalist for national reporting. Investigations she directed in Atlanta on housing and on senior care facilities also won recognition, including awards from National Headliners, IRE and the Online News Association.

Claudia Vargas, NBC10/Telemundo62
Claudia Vargas is an award-winning investigative reporter at NBC10 and Telemundo62 in Philadelphia. Her investigative reports focus on government accountability and have led to new laws and changes in city policy. Before coming over to the broadcast world, Claudia worked in print journalism for 13 years, most recently at The Philadelphia Inquirer she spent several years covering government and politics in Philadelphia and its surrounding communities, including Camden, NJ.

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  • Free for current IRE members. You must still go through the ticketing/registration process so Zoom info can be sent prior to the webinar


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