Open season on consumers

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Liz Weston of NerdWallet; David Cay Johnston of DCReport; Paul Kiel of ProPublica; Bob Sullivan of independent journalist
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 22 at 3:45pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 7
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

**Moderated by Liz Weston, NerdWallet

The dismantling of Obama-era consumer protections will have profound effects on people’s wallets, but could it lead to another meltdown on the scale of the Great Recession? It pays to know where to investigate when the stakes are so high, and consumers are targeted by unshackled debt collectors, conflicted financial advisors who will potentially siphon millions from retirement accounts and others. We will show you the unexpected places where danger lurks for the American consumer and discuss how to best tell those stories. We’ll cover vetting straight-shooting sources to monitor trends, tapping into records that can help build the foundation for your reporting and ways to find the people who illustrate the toll.

Speaker Bios

  • DCReport co-founder, Trump biographer and bestselling author teaching at Syracuse Law since 2009. Former IRE president; IRE medal for 2003 book Perfectly Legal. 2001 Pulitzer. NYT, LAT, Philly Inquirer, Detroit Free Press, SJ Mercury 1968-2008. Columnist Reuters, CJR, Tax Notes,Al Jazeera America, 2008-2016. Father of eight, grandfather of five. From Santa Cruz, Calif., living in Rochester NY since 1993. @DavidCayJ

  • Paul Kiel covers consumer finance for ProPublica. Past areas of focus have included the foreclosure crisis, high-cost lending (particularly installment and payday loans), and the widespread use of lawsuits and garnishments to collect consumer debts. His current area of focus is the consumer bankruptcy system.

  • Bob Sullivan: Independent journalist. Author of 4 books, nearly 20 years at MSNBC. Creator of The Red Tape Chronicles. Consumer advocate, cybercrime/fraud expert.  now. @RedTapeChron

  • Liz Weston (@lizweston) is a personal finance columnist for NerdWallet and the author of five books, including the national best-seller "Your Credit Score," now its fifth edition. Her awards include a team Pulitzer Prize for an investigation of the alcoholism crisis among native Alaskans, a team Gerald Loeb award for coverage of a penny stock scam and a Betty Furness Consumer Media Award for her consumer-first personal finance columns.

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