Find environmental violators in your community, before the regulations disappear

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Sandra Chapman of WTHR-Indianapolis; Scott Fallon of The Bergen Record; Lisa Song of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 23 at 10:15am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 4-5
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

In an era of expected deregulation and austere budget cuts, veteran journalists will offer tips on investigating polluters, holding regulators accountable and exploring health impacts in affected communities. Topics will include: state-sponsored voluntary cleanup programs, the difficulty of cancer cluster and environmental health investigations, finding reliable scientific experts, covering Superfund sites in your communities, researching public records on toxic sites and piecing together narratives from documents and interviews.

Speaker Bios

  • Sandra Chapman was honored with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award in 2017 for her environmental investigation Dangerous Exposure. The series uncovered lax oversight by top Indiana regulators over a voluntary clean up program, that allowed toxins to spread into neighborhoods through the soil, groundwater and air. She was named an IRE finalist for her investigation into the deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair in [email protected]

  • Scott Fallon covers the environment at The Bergen Record where he focuses on New Jersey’s legacy of industrial pollution and how it still impacts residents. His work has been recognized by IRE, the Society of Silurians, the Deadline Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. He previously worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer and has written for Newsday and the New York Daily [email protected]

  • Lisa Song is a reporter at ProPublica, where she covers climate change and the environment. She previously worked at InsideClimate News. @lisalsong

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