Watchdogging police misconduct

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Cheryl Phillips of Stanford University; Jonah Newman of Injustice Watch; Cheryl W. Thompson of NPR; Ken Foskett of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 24 at 10:15am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 7
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

**Moderated by Ken Foskett, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Three veteran investigative reporters offer insights into unearthing stories about cops who cross the line and the flaws in policing that harm civil rights. Learn how to mine police data, civil rights lawsuits, internal investigations, citizen complaints and other records for big stories.

Speaker Bios

  • Ken Foskett is senior editor for investigations at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and leads a team of six investigative and data journalists. He has won local and national investigative reporting awards over his 30-year career, including an IRE award in 2016. He earned a master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism after studying American history at Yale. He serves on the boards of the Atlanta Press Club and the Georgia First Amendment Foundation. @KenFoskett

  • Jonah Newman is a senior editor at Pacific Standard, where he writes investigative features and oversees the magazine's data-driven reporting efforts.

  • Cheryl Phillips teaches journalism at Stanford, is the founder of Big Local News and co-founder of The Stanford Open Policing Project. She worked at The Seattle Times for 12 years as a reporter and editor. She twice was part of breaking news coverage that received the Pulitzer Prize and twice served on teams that were Pulitzer finalists. She has worked at USA Today and at newspapers in Michigan, Montana and Texas. She is a former IRE board president. @cephillips

  • Cheryl W. Thompson is IRE board president and an investigative correspondent for NPR. Prior to joining NPR in January, she spent 22 years at The Washington Post. Her investigations include local political corruption, cops killed by guns, witnesses killed for cooperating with police, people who died after being Tasered by police, and the unsolved murders of six black girls nearly 50 years ago. Her awards include a shared Pulitzer, an Emmy, IRE and two NABJ awards. 

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