Watchdogging state capitals

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Eric Eyre of Charleston Gazette-Mail; Jay Root of The Texas Tribune; Barbara Rodriguez of The Des Moines Register; Mark Horvit of University of Missouri
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 24 at 10:15am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 9-10
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Mark Horvit, University of Missouri

With many newsrooms across the country drastically cutting back on state government coverage, it's more important than ever for all reporters to mine stories from the statehouse, whether it's coverage of the session, digging into state agencies or carving out bigger investigations. This session will look at building sources, managing and juggling your time to do statewide enterprise, and spotting investigations with the potential for impact.


Speaker Bios

  • Eric Eyre is a statehouse reporter for the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette-Mail. He joined the newspaper in 1998. At the Gazette-Mail, he also has covered education, health and business. Eyre's work has won several national awards, including the Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) Medal. This year, his series on prescription opioid shipments to West Virginia was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. @ericeyre

  • Mark Horvit is an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he teaches investigative reporting, and is director of the school’s State Government Reporting Program. He previously served as executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR). Horvit worked as a reporter and editor for 20 years before joining IRE.

  • Barbara Rodriguez is the statehouse reporter for The Associated Press in Des Moines, Iowa, where she covers the governor's office, state government and legislative policies. She's worked for AP in Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin.

  • Jay Root is an investigative reporter at the Texas Tribune. For a dozen years Root was Austin bureau chief of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he covered the rise of Gov. George W. Bush and his successor Rick Perry. Root, a former AP reporter, wrote about Perry, now U.S. energy secretary, in his ebook "Oops! A Diary from the 2012 Campaign Trail." He co-produced a recent documentary, called Beyond The Wall, about border security in the age of Trump. @byjayroot

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