Investigating the legal marijuana trade

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Chris Koeberl of Fox31 Denver; Katie Wilcox of KPNX/NBC12 Phoenix; Laura Frank of Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 10 at 11:30am
  • Location: Denver III & IV
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Laura Frank, Rocky Mountain PBS

Panelists will give you the tools you need to understand and investigate the business of marijuana. Where can you find out the number of employees, facilities, status, revenue, etc.? How do you report on an industry in your state that contradicts federal law? What investigations have been done on this topic? We'll point attendees towards the wide amount of data available and offer cautionary tales for working with that data.

Speaker Bios

  • Laura Frank is VP of Journalism at Rocky Mountain PBS, where she leads a duPont-winning investigative team. She founded I-News, the investigative news nonprofit that merged with Rocky Mountain Public Media in 2013, the first such merger in the nation. She was a founding member of the Institute for Nonprofit News (inn.org) and now serves as its board chair.

  • Chris Koeberl is an investigative producer at Fox31 Denver, previously at ABC6 Columbus as an investigative reporter. He is a five time Emmy Award winner, 20+ years in broadcast Journalism with an emphasis in computer-assisted reporting and open records. Chris is the recipient of a Sigma Delta Chi, Edward R Murrow, and a National Headliner award. Our job is to hold those with perceived power accountable.

  • Katie Wilcox is the executive producer of the 12 News investigative unit in Phoenix. She was previously the investigative producer and data journalist for 9Wants to Know, at 9NEWS in Denve and an investigative reporter and producer at Rocky Mountain PBS. Her work specializes in data driven reporting and analysis on issues ranging from government corruption, politics, health, economics and Colorado's blooming cannabis industry. Her work has been featured in USA Today, Marketplace on NPR, and received multiple national commendations. Twitter: @katieawilcox

     

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    Where can you find out the number of employees, facilities, status, revenue, etc.? How do you report on an industry in your state that contradicts federal law? What investigations have been done on this topic? We'll point attendees towards the wide amount of data available and offer cautionary tales for working with that data.