Watchdogging sports

  • Event: 2016 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Paula Lavigne of ESPN; Noah Pransky of independent journalist; Brad Wolverton of NerdWallet
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 16 at 10:15am
  • Location: Salon D
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

From youth basketball to college hockey to the National Football League, sports is not just a form of entertainment, but a multi-billion-dollar industry and a force for social change with local, national and global impact. Find out how to examine the financial, social, medical, legal, criminal and other off-field aspects of sports organizations and teams and the myriad of agencies that regulate them. And learn about the unique aspects of investigating athletes beyond the locker room.

Speaker Bios

  • Paula Lavigne is an investigative reporter for ESPN, and a specialist in data-driven journalism. Her work has been honored with a Peabody Award, Alfred I. duPont award, and IRE awards among others. She is co-author of "Violated: Exposing Rape at Baylor University Amid College Football's Sexual Assault Crises." She previously worked in newspapers in Dallas; Des Moines, Iowa; and Tacoma, Wash. She is an alumna of the University of Nebraska and Creighton University.   

  • Noah Pransky is an investigative reporter who collected national Cronkite, Polk, duPont, and Murrow awards for his watchdog work while at WTSP in Tampa Bay.  He recently brought his out-of-the-box government, consumer, and sports business watchdogging to New York City, a return to the region where Pransky began his career as a sports anchor/reporter.
    Twitter/FB/IG:  @NoahPransky

  • Brad is part of NerdWallet’s public interest team, whose goal is to uncover abusive practices in consumer finance. Since forming in 2016, the team has written about student loan scams and companies that wrongly wreck customers' credit, partnering with Raycom Media's national investigative team and The Texas Tribune. Previously, Brad worked at The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he partnered with and The Huffington Post on sports investigations. @bradwolverton

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