Covering rising violent crime in America

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Justin George of The Marshall Project; Katie LaGrone of The E.W. Scripps Company; Ashley Luthern of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Ben Hallman of ICIJ
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 23 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 8
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Ben Hallman, The Trace

Violent crime rates are increasing again, driven by surges in many large American cities. Mass shootings attract the most attention, but far more people die in “everyday” attacks, killed by a family member, a gang rival or a stray bullet.

Our panelists will share reporting strategies they have used to illuminate the causes of violent crime, explore the factors that make it worse, and tell stories of how violence devastates families and communities. They will share tips on how to turn accountability stories on a crime beat, interview victims and perpetrators, and pry loose data that can provide the foundation for far-reaching investigations.

Speaker Bios

  • Justin George is the Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Marshall Project. He previously worked at the Baltimore Sun, where he embedded with the local police department to cover the internal investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, part of a body of work that made the Sun a Pulitzer Prize finalist. George grew up in Colorado, and has worked at the Daily Camera of Boulder, Colo., the Daily Press of Newport News, Va., and the Tampa Bay Times. @justingeorge

  • Ben Hallman is ICIJ's chief reporter and leads the reporting team. @ben_hallman

  • Katie LaGrone is the Florida Investigative Correspondent for The E.W. Scripps Company. An award-winning broadcast journalist, Katie’s investigative reports can be seen on ABC Action News in Tampa, WPTV NewsChannel 5 in West Palm Beach, FOX 4 in Fort Myers and WTXL in Tallahassee. Her reports have earned her more than a dozen Emmy's, AP awards and Edward R. Murrow Awards.

  • Ashley Luthern is a crime and breaking news reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She was the Journal Sentinel’s lead reporter for Precious Lives, a two-year media collaboration to examine the causes and consequences of gun violence on local youth. Prior to joining the Journal Sentinel in 2013, she worked for The Vindicator in Youngstown, Ohio. @aluthern

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