Explosions, leaks and toxic clouds: How to cover hazardous materials in your area

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Beth Daley of InsideClimate News; Matt Dempsey of Houston Chronicle; Joshua Schneyer of Reuters
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 24 at 3:15pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 8
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

How do you find environmental hazards in your area? What's the deal with toxic threats? Learn more about the data sets, sources and methods you need to cover the complicated and challenging world of hazardous materials.

Speaker Bios

  • Beth Daley recently joined InsideClimate where she helps grow and strengthen the organization on the business side. Previously she was a longtime environment reporter at the Boston Globe and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting in Boston. Daley has won numerous national journalism awards for her reporting at the Globe and NECIR, including being named a Pulitzer finalist. Daley spent the 2011-2012 academic year as a Knight fellow at Stanford University.

  • Matt Dempsey is the data editor at the Houston Chronicle. He worked on projects involving wildfires, state pensions, and the chemical industry. His passion for public records frequently leads to disclosure of data from all levels of government. His series Chemical Breakdown won the 2016 IRE Innovation award and the National Press Foundation’s “Feddie” award. His work was a key part of the Chronicle’s Pulitzer Prize finalist entry for Breaking News. 

  • Joshua Schneyer is an Enterprise reporter at Reuters in New York. He has focused on themes like the oil industry, corporate whistle-blowers and childhood lead poisoning. He was part of a team that investigated Chesapeake Energy, leading to the indictment of former CEO Aubrey McClendon. Before joining Reuters, he worked as a reporter in Brazil and Venezuela. @Jschney

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