Local data that can lead to stories

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Walker Moskop of St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Lee Zurik of WVUE-New Orleans; Gavin Off of The Charlotte Observer
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 6 at 11:20am
  • Location: International 4-5
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

If governments oversee it, chances are they keep data on it. From police traffic stops and 911 calls to employee salaries and gun permits, local data can drive in-depth investigations and give context to breaking news stories.

Speaker Bios

  • Walker Moskop is a data reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where he has worked since June 2013. Prior to that, he was a business reporter at The Tennessean in Nashville. He received a master's degree in journalism from Mizzou. @walkermoskop

  • Gavin Off is the database reporter at the Charlotte Observer. Prior to joining the Observer, he worked as a data reporter at the Tulsa World and in Scripps Howard's D.C. bureau. He has a masters from the University of Missouri, where he worked in NICAR's database library.

  • Lee Zurik is an Evening News Anchor and Chief Investigative Reporter at WVUE-TV in New Orleans and Director of Investigations at Gray Television and Investigate TV.  Lee has been honored with many of journalism’s top awards including the Peabody, duPont, and IRE Medal.  Before Hurricane Katrina, Lee was a sports anchor/reporter. He taught himself to be an investigative reporter by reading IRE resources (books and tipsheets) and attending IRE conferences. 

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