Covering cold cases

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Madeleine Baran of American Public Media; Thomas Hargrove of Murder Accountability Project; Maurice Possley of National Registry of Exonerations; Chuck Jones of Coconino County Sheriff's Office
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 23 at 11:30am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 6
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

The more than 220,000 unsolved murders in America present a major challenge to journalists. Learn how to review old cases, deal with police and families, and avoid (or spot) pitfalls in investigations. You’ll walk away with advice from a retired FBI agent and three journalists with deep experience in cold case investigations.


Speaker Bios

  • Madeleine Baran is a Peabody Award-winning investigative reporter for American Public Media and the host and lead reporter of the podcast In the Dark. Baran's work focuses on holding powerful people and institutions accountable. Her reporting revealed how law enforcement botched one of the most notorious child abductions in the country and how the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis engaged in a decades-long cover-up of clergy sexual abuse. @madeleinebaran

  • Thomas Hargrove is a retired Washington, D.C., -based investigative journalist and White House correspondent. He founded the nonprofit Murder Accountability Project in 2015 to track unsolved homicides. While at Scripps Howard News Service, he developed an algorithm that uses FBI homicide data to identify clusters of murders with an elevated probability of containing serial killings. The algorithm detected an unrealized series of murders in Gary, Ind. @ThomasHargrove

  • Maurice Possley, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, is senior researcher at the National Registry of Exonerations, a national online database of more than 1,800 wrongful convictions in the U.S. since 1989. A reporter for more than three decades, Possley covered criminal justice for the Chicago Tribune, where he was a reporter for 25 years and a four-time Pulitzer finalist. He is the author of three non-fiction books. @mauricepossley

Related Tipsheets

  • The National Registry of Exonerations
    The National Registry of Exonerations collects, analyzes and disseminates information about all known exonerations of innocent criminal defendants in the United States from 1989 to the present. They publish narrative accounts of each exoneree’s case and provide accessible, searchable online statistical and demographic data about the cases. They also conduct empirical studies of the process of exoneration and of factors that lead to the underlying wrongful convictions.