Finding the “perfect” example for your investigation

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Ellen Gabler of The New York Times; Trish Callahan of ProPublica; Emily Le Coz of GateHouse Media
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 24 at 4:30pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 8
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

A bad example can ruin a perfectly good investigation. Learn how to find characters, examples and experts that will make your story hard to ignore. We will discuss interviewing and reporting tips so you can gather enough information to tell a gripping narrative. We'll discuss what to do when you come across contradictory information, confusing documents and sources who say they won't talk. You'll walk away with writing and reporting tips to make your next investigation better.

Speaker Bios

  • Trish Callahan, who has shared two Pulitzer prizes, joined ProPublica as a senior reporter in 2018. Before that, she was an investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune for about 15 years. Her work prompted Congress to mandate safety tests for baby products and led California’s governor to scrap the rule responsible for the buildup of toxic flame retardants in Americans’ bodies. She and a colleague won an IRE award  for exposing misery and harm in Illinois group homes for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  @SheInvestigates

  • Ellen Gabler is an investigative reporter at The New York Times. Before joining the Times, she worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a reporter and deputy investigations editor. A native of Eau Claire, Wis. Gabler is a graduate of Emory University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a former IRE board member. @egabler

  • Emily Le Coz is the managing editor of GateHouse Media's National Data and Investigations Team, based in Sarasota, Florida. Previously, she served as deputy investigations editor for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where she collaborated on the nationally award winning "Bias on the Bench" investigation. Before that, she was an investigative reporter at the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, where she also helped cover the legislature and was a stringer for Reuters.

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