Exposing religious organizations

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Michele Chabin of independent journalist; Ismael Estrada of CNN
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Jun. 25 at 9:00am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 9-10
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Religious organizations have always offered power, wealth and opportunity to the individuals who run them. Their leaders have an elevated status and fervent followers, all of which make it difficult to expose wrongdoing when it occurs. In this session, you’ll hear how to navigate the challenges of reporting on faith, insights on breaching the walls of silence that surround religious leaders and organizations, and how to hold them accountable.

Speaker Bios

  • Michele writes for both mainstream and religion-focused publications. She is USA Today’s accredited correspondent in Israel, and the Israel or Middle East correspondent for Religion News Service, the New York Jewish Week and the National Catholic Register. She contributes to many other publications and is eager to expand her pool of clients. She is a fellow for the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.

  • Ismael Estrada is a veteran producer with CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 covering breaking and investigative news. He's investigated stories related to government corruption, religious institutions, and abuse of power. Ismael has worked on breaking news in the U.S., Middle East, Europe, Asia, South & Central America and has covered border related issues. Estrada is an emmy award winner and earned a Peabody Award for his work with Anderson Cooper during the Gulf Oil Spill.

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