Watchdogging weed

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Amanda Chicago Lewis of independent journalist; Shoshana Walter of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting; John Ingold of The Denver Post
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 23 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 9-10
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Marijuana is legal in some states, quasi-legal in others and the domain of organized crime in other places. It’s also a serious business enterprise worthy of digging. On this panel, we’ll hear from reporters who have investigated what happens to workers on marijuana farms, disparities in regulations and safety concerns. Get the scoop on the basics of this burgeoning economy and come away ready to investigate weed in your community.

Speaker Bios

  • John Ingold is a reporter at The Denver Post, where he has covered crime, courts, local government, the state legislature, health care and marijuana. Ingold was part of The Post's team that won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. In 2015, he was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for a series that looked at families moving to Colorado to obtain unproven medical marijuana treatment for their children.

  • Amanda Chicago Lewis writes about marijuana, with an emphasis on public safety, special interests, and the ways in which the documented racial disparities of the war on drugs are being cemented into the details of legalization. She's written for BuzzFeed News, Rolling Stone, and Vice. @msamandalewis.  

  • Shoshana Walter is a reporter for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where her work has won the Livingston Award for national reporting, the Knight Award for Public Service and was recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, among other awards. She and reporter Amy Julia Harris exposed how rehabs across the US have sent people to work for free for private companies, from Exxon and Shell to Walmart and KFC. The series prompted numerous criminal probes and class-action lawsuits, alleging slavery, labor law violations and fraud.

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