Management: How to start and run an investigative team

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Walter Robinson of The Boston Globe; Patti Epler of Honolulu Civil Beat; Amy Pyle of USA TODAY Network; Maggie Leung of NerdWallet
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 24 at 3:15pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 1-3
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Maggie Leung, NerdWallet

Investigative reporting is happening in newsrooms large and small these days. Our panel of esteemed editors will discuss what it takes to start an investigative team -- and if it’s even a good idea.

Other topics include the best ways to incorporate an investigative team into a newsroom, what you can expect in terms of costs, how to recruit and hire investigative reporters, and how to determine if your existing legal representation is up to the task (and, if not, what your options are).

This session is for editors in newsrooms of all sizes, with a special emphasis on small operations.


Speaker Bios

  • Patti Epler is the Editor and General Manager of Honolulu Civil Beat. She's been a reporter and editor for more than 30 years at newspapers and websites in Alaska, Arizona, Washington and Hawaii. Epler directed and edited the East Valley Tribune (Mesa, AZ) team that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. She also was a member of the Anchorage Daily News team that won the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service in 1989. Twitter @PattiEpler

  • Maggie Leung leads about 100 staff writers and editors at NerdWallet, a personal finance site with an investigative team. She spent more than 20 years in traditional news before joining NerdWallet. That included the Oregonian, San Jose Mercury, Seattle Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Most recently, she was a senior editor at CNN. There, she assigned stories and managed writers and editors in Atlanta, D.C., Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong and London.

  • Amy Pyle is USA TODAY's National Investigations Editor, guiding multi-platform projects created by a team of reporters based across the country in collaboration with other teams, including reporters and editors around the Gannett Network. Previously, Amy was Editor in Chief at The Center for Investigative Reporting, where she helped launch the successful Reveal radio show/podcast and oversaw numerous award-winning projects. @amy_pyle

  • Walter V. Robinson is the former editor of the Globe Spotlight Team, which won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for exposing the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal. He has been city editor, metro editor, national political reporter, White House correspondent and Middle East Bureau Chief. He is now the Globe's Editor At Large. He has been a journalism professor at Northeastern University and is now the Donald W. Reynolds Professor at the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State, where he teaches investigative reporting. @WalterVRobinson.

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