Investigating sexual abuse

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Maud Beelman of The Howard Center for Investigative Reporting; Alan Judd of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Marisa Kwiatkowski of USA TODAY Network
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 24 at 4:30pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 7
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Sex-abuse scandals have shaken institution after institution in recent years: the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, an Olympic team, the medical profession. But the abuse might never have come to light if not for thorough, sensitive reporting by news organizations around the country. Our panel will share insights into telling difficult stories that powerful forces often want to keep secret.

Speaker Bios

  • Maud Beelman is the executive editor of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. She was U.S. Investigations Editor for The Associated Press and founding director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Her work has been honored with numerous awards, including the George Polk, IRE, SPJ, ONA and APME. She is an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow and serves on its board of directors. @maudbeelman

  • Alan Judd is an investigative reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he has worked on projects about doctors and sex abuse, cheating on standardized testing, predatory lending and other topics. He and his colleagues were finalists in 2017 for the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and won the Scripps Howard Award for investigative reporting. @alanjudd3000

  • Marisa Kwiatkowski is an investigative reporter for USA TODAY. She handles investigations relating to social services and children. Marisa has earned more than 50 awards, including the 2019 Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism, IRE's Tom Renner Award, a Sigma Delta Chi Award in public service and Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. She previously worked for media outlets in Indiana, South Carolina and Michigan. @IndyMarisaK

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