Backgrounding businesses

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: David Evans of Bloomberg News; Becky Yerak of The Wall Street Journal
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Jun. 25 at 11:30am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 1-3
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Whether you're writing about large, publicly traded companies or mom-and-pop operations, we'll deliver an arsenal of techniques for backgrounding companies, from hunting down lawsuits to extracting gems from SEC filings. We’ll also discuss shoe-leather reporting, including at trade shows and company facilities.

Speaker Bios

  • David Evans is a Bloomberg News contributor, based in Los Angeles. He investigates financial and medical fraud. Previously, he was a trial attorney with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. He was a Pulitzer Finalist in 2011 for reporting how life insurance companies turned death into a $28 billion profit center. He's won the George Polk award, two IRE awards, two Gerald Loeb awards and the ABA's Silver Gavel award. @davidevansla

  • Becky Yerak joined the bankruptcy reporting team of the Wall Street Journal in November 2017. She previously spent almost 14 years as a business reporter for the Chicago Tribune business writer, and previously worked for the Detroit News, Plain Dealer, Palm Beach Post and Orlando Business Journal. She won a best-technology reporting award from Society of American Business Editors & Writers for 2015 financial technology coverage. Since 2014 she has been a nine-time finalist for Headline Club (Chicago's SPJ chapter) awards, writing on various business topics, and won three times. @beckyyerak

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