When mental health and criminal justice collide

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Josh Hinkle of KXAN/NBC Austin; Kimbriell Kelly of Los Angeles Times; Eric Wieffering of Star Tribune
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 22 at 11:30am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 9-10
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

This session examines the overwhelming number of mental health-related cases surrounding police shootings and violence against law enforcement. Panelists will show you how to find evidence and data on this private topic and discuss how to overcome challenges when it comes to reporting on such a sensitive issue.

Speaker Bios

  • Josh Hinkle is KXAN’s Director of Investigations & Innovation, leading the station’s duPont and IRE Award-winning investigative team on multiple platforms. He also leads KXAN’s political coverage as the executive producer and host of “State of Texas,” a weekly program focused on the Texas Legislature and elections, seen in 14 markets statewide. @hinklej

  • Kimbriell Kelly is the Deputy Editor for Enterprise and Investigations at the Los Angeles Times, Washington, D.C. Bureau. Prior to joining the Times in June, Kelly was a reporter on the Investigative Unit at The Washington Post, where she was part of the team that won a Pulitzer in 2015 for the examination of officer-involved shootings. She was a Pulitzer finalist in 2019 for her work on "Murder with Impunity,” a series on unsolved homicides. @kimbriell

  • Eric works with journalists across the newsroom to encourage, coordinate and direct projects, investigations and off-the-news enterprise. He also works with senior editors to plan and select the most compelling mix of news and enterprise for the Star Tribune's Sunday readers. In the past two years stories produced by teams he supervised have won 6 National Headliner awards, including a first place for public service, and been IRE and Pulitzer finalists. @ewieffering

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