Investigating inequality

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Holly Hacker of The Dallas Morning News; Kimbriell Kelly of Los Angeles Times; Burt Hubbard of Rocky Mountain PBS I-News; Malik Singleton of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 11 at 10:15am
  • Location: Colorado F
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Malik Singleton, New York University

Data can give journalists a clear way to dig into one of the most important and contentious issues of our time. Panelists will talk about how they investigated resegregation in schools, economic harassment in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama's middle-class economics proposal, and more. They'll discuss the interactive presentations that helped propel these investigations, and will give tips on how to proceed when there may not be an apparent data source available.

Read a recap of this session on the CAR Conference blog

Speaker Bios

  • Holly Hacker is an investigative reporter at The Dallas Morning News. Before that, she covered education at The News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Ventura County (CA) Star. She's a past winner of the Philip Meyer Award for stories that exposed cheating on standardized tests in Texas. @hollyhacker

  • Burt Hubbard is a journalist with Rocky Mountain PBS News, specializing in data analysis. He worked at the Rocky Mountain News for 25 years. He joined the Denver Post after the Rocky closed and moved to Rocky Mountain PBS in 2010. He has taught computer-assisted reporting and internet research to graduate students for 15 years at the University of Colorado School of Journalism and Mass Communication. @forburt

  • Kimbriell Kelly is the Deputy Editor for Enterprise and Investigations at the Los Angeles Times, Washington, D.C. Bureau. Prior to joining the Times in June, Kelly was a reporter on the Investigative Unit at The Washington Post, where she was part of the team that won a Pulitzer in 2015 for the examination of officer-involved shootings. She was a Pulitzer finalist in 2019 for her work on "Murder with Impunity,” a series on unsolved homicides. @kimbriell

  • Malik Singleton teaches interactive data reporting at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and also trains faculty in instructional technology at NYU. He has worked in various newsrooms, including TIME.com, Crain's New York Business, Black Enterprise Magazine, and LA Weekly Newspaper. He earned his BA from Morehouse College and his MS from Pace University.

Related Tipsheets

  • Investigating Inequality
    Data can give journalists a clear way to dig into one of the most important and contentious issues of our time. This PowerPoint presentation will talk about how they investigated resegregation in schools, economic harassment in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama's middle-class economics proposal, and more. It will discuss the interactive presentations that helped propel these investigations, and will give tips on how to proceed when there may not be an apparent data source available.