Scams and schemes

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Acton Gorton of Chicago Tribune; Jeff Kelly Lowenstein of Grand Valley State University; Nicole Vap of KUSA/9News Denver
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 12 at 4:45pm
  • Location: Colorado G-J
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

This panel will take a look at fraud and deception that have victimized vulnerable and exploited laws for personal gain. We'll take a look at the documents and data you can use to investigate reverse mortgages and other property scams. You'll leave with plenty of other ideas you can take back to your newsroom to start investigating scams in your community right away.

Speaker Bios

  • Acton is a newsroom product engineer for Tribune Publishing, positioned within the Chicago Tribune newsroom. He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign studying in the field of Informatics, specializing in data analytics and information visualization. His research focuses on the use of augmented reality as a medium for data-driven news and as a tool for assisting journalists in their work. Gorton's work has appeared with the Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, Morning Call, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, and CU-CitizenAccess.org.

  • Jeff Kelly Lowenstein is an investigative journalist, author and an assistant professor of Journalism at Grand Valley State University.  He is the founder of the Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism, a non-profit organization that brings together investigative journalists, photographers and data scientists to conduct international investigations. A Fulbright Scholar, Specialist and Teacher, he has written or edited six books. @JeffKLO

  • Nicole Vap is the Director of Investigative Journalism at KUSA in Denver and with TEGNA. Nicole leads a team of award winning reporters and producers who investigate government corruption, questionable business practices, crime, and scams both in Denver and across the country. Nicole and her 9Wants to Know team have been recognized with an IRE Award in 2019, a Columbia duPont Silver Baton in 2011, and National Edward R. Murrow award and a Sigma Delta Chi in 2018.

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