Following the money (Sponsored by Bloomberg)

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Alexandra Berzon of The Wall Street Journal; Ashley Balcerzak of Bergen Record; David Heath of USA TODAY Network
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 22 at 9:00am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 7
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Often, the key to cracking open a story is to track down the money behind the decisions. This panel will look at how to map out business empires, teach you money-in-politics tricks and reveal how industry can use its influence to direct policy and even public opinion.

 

Speaker Bios

  • Ashley Balcerzak is a staff writer at the Bergen Record, covering campaign finance, the budget and anything to do with money. Before joining the paper, Ashley covered money in politics for OpenSecrets.org and the Center for Public Integrity. She worked with the Washington Post investigative team on its police shootings database. She has degrees from Northwestern University and American University. Ashley's work can be found in The Washington Post, The Texas Tribune, The Atlantic, Slate, TIME, The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post.

  • Alexandra Berzon is an LA-based reporter for the Wall Street Journal investigations group. Recent coverage includes investigations into Donald Trump's business affairs. She previously covered the gambling industry and workplace safety for the Journal. Her investigations for the Las Vegas Sun into construction worker deaths on the Las Vegas Strip exposed lax enforcement of government regulations and won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. @alexandraberzon

  • David Heath is the investigative reporter at USA Today. He was previously data director at CNN. His work has appeared on PBS Frontline and NewsHour, the CBS Evening News, the Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Time and Newsweek. He has won many national awards for work he’s done with others, including the Goldsmith, the George Polk and the Gerald Loeb. He was a Nieman fellow at Harvard.

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