The Storytellers Project presents: The life and legacy of Don Bolles (Sponsored by USA TODAY NETWORK)

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Athia Hardt of Hardt and Associates; Yihyun Jeong of The Arizona Republic; Megan Finnerty of USA TODAY Network; Michael Chow of The Arizona Republic
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 22 at 5:00pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 1-3
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

June 2 marked the 41st anniversary of the assassination of Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles. To commemorate his legacy of investigative and watchdog journalism, The Arizona Republic will host a special Storytellers Project show in partnership with IRE on Thursday, June 22.

We will feature journalists who worked with Bolles at The Republic and journalists who carry on his legacy today. Members of IRE, which was formed the year before his death, traveled to Phoenix to continue his reporting and collaborated to produce the Arizona Project. The night will be emceed by Republic reporter Richard Ruelas, who has covered Bolles’ legacy extensively, and Storytellers Project founder Megan Finnerty.

Speaker Bios

  • Megan Finnerty is a journalist and storytelling consultant. Essentially, she’s a professional listener… who likes to talk. She’s the director of the Storytellers Brand Studio and the founder and director of the Storytellers Project, a series of live storytelling events from the USA TODAY Network in 21 cities. She’s coached more than 900 people to share true, first-person stories, and was a news features reporter at The Arizona Republic for 14 years. @MeganMFinnerty

  • Athia Hardt, owner of the public affairs firm, Hardt and Associates, was a reporter at The Arizona Republic and a stringer for The New York Times in the 1970s and later served as the communications assistant for two governors--Bruce Babbitt and Rose Mofford. At the Republic, she was assigned a variety of beats, including legislative coverage in those areas. She worked most often with Don Bolles when she was on general assignment.

  • Yihyun Jeong is a public safety reporter for The Arizona Republic. She covers cops, crime, court and general mayhem throughout the state and serves on her newsroom’s Diversity Committee. She contributes to the USA Today Network, covering immigration, Native American issues and breaking news in the Southwest. You’d most likely find her working out of some greasy spoon on the road. Ultimately, she just wants to be the journalist her dog would be proud of. @yihyun_jeong.

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