Grilling Jerry Mitchell for breakfast (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

  • Event: 2016 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Jerry Mitchell of Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting; Robert Cribb of Toronto Star
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Jun. 19 at 10:15am
  • Location: Galerie 1
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

**Moderated by Robert Cribb, Toronto Star

As a veteran investigative reporting working in Mississippi, Jerry Mitchell has won delayed justice for many black Americans who were murdered in the civil rights era. The extraordinary results of his work have been recognized in multiple ways, including the film "Ghosts of Mississippi," which told of his investigation of the murder of Medgar Evers, which resulted in the trial and conviction of a KKK member. Get some Sunday-morning inspiration and a window into what it takes to investigate decades-old cold cases.

Speaker Bios

  • Robert Cribb is an investigative reporter at the Toronto Star. He has received national reporting awards and citations for investigations into offshore tax evasion, child exploitation, human trafficking, dangerous doctors and public-health threats. Cribb is co-author of Digging Deeper: A Canadian Reporter’s Research Guide (Oxford University Press). He teaches investigative reporting at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism and the University of Toronto. @thecribby

  • The stories of Clarion Ledger investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell have helped put four Klansmen and a suspected serial killer behind bars. His stories have exposed injustices and corruption, helping lead to investigations, exonerations, firings and reforms of state agencies. A 2006 Pulitzer Prize finalist and a 2009 MacArthur fellow, he is writing a memoir about his pursuit of civil rights cold cases. @jmitchellnews

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