Deciphering deals: Reporting on politicians' conflicts of interest

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Russ Choma of Mother Jones; Steve Eder of The New York Times; Lee Rood of The Des Moines Register
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 24 at 3:15pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 7
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Donald Trump and his cabinet of billionaires have put concerns over conflicts of interest into sharp focus, but Trump is not the only politician with potential conflicts. Learn how reporters dig into business records to identify the wealth, debts, and business dealings of local and national officials.

Speaker Bios

  • Russ is a reporter in the Washington bureau of Mother Jones covering money in politics and influence. He previously was a reporter for, the Investigative Reporting Workshop, and the New Hampshire Union Leader. @russchoma

  • Steve Eder reports on the government under President Trump, as well as his personal businesses. He covered the 2016 campaign, and earlier, he investigated a range of topics, such as baseball doping, hedge funds, and spouses spying on each other. He previously reported for WSJ, Reuters, and The Toledo Blade. He was part of the New York Times team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for investigating sexual harassment in 2018. @steveeder

  • Lee Rood has been a reporter and editor at the Register for 20 years. In January 2013, she created The Reader's Watchdog to help Iowans seek accountability from government, business and nonprofits. Before becoming a columnist, she was the Register's investigative editor, producing and writing several award-winning projects that spurred new state and national legislation, led to criminal investigations and produced wide-ranging results for everyday Iowans.

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