Sourcing people of color: Going beyond the community leader (Sponsored by NABJ Region III)

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Manny Garcia of USA TODAY Network; Diego Santiago of Telemundo; Maria Polletta of The Arizona Republic; Warren Trent of KTVK Phoenix
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 22 at 9:00am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 9-10
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

In this session, we’ll discuss and exchange ideas about the delicate yet important manner in which investigative journalists -- and media in general -- interact and deal with issues pertaining to the growing minority community.

Speaker Bios

  • Manny Garcia is the Standards Editor at the USA TODAY NETWORK. He previously worked at the Naples Daily News, el Nuevo Herald & The Miami Herald. Manny received the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership. Projects by Manny and his teams have won the Pulitzer, Goldsmith, IRE and a national Edward R. Murrow. His work has led to convictions of public officials, changed Florida law and freed a man wrongfully convicted of murder. He's a past IRE president.

  • As The Arizona Republic's Diversity, Demographics and Social Disparities reporter, Maria uses data and on-the-street reporting to examine the influence of diverse communities and explore the realities of inequality amid a backdrop of increasingly charged political rhetoric. She has investigated the exploitation of low-income mobile-home tenants, the high rates of HIV among Black Arizonans, and a lack of state protections for LGBT residents, among other issues. @mpolletta

  • Santiago is an Emmy award journalist that has covered all aspects of news including hard news, sports and now Investigative Journalism. His commitment to news coverage has led him to be the only Consumer Investigative Journalist for Spanish language TV in Arizona, working for Telemundo's KTAZ Station for almost 5 years. His other passions include aviation, sports and music. You can find him on social media: @DSantiagoTAZ

  • Warren Trent is a seasoned journalist and is currently employed by KTVK/KPHO-TV in Phoenix, Arizona as an Investigative/Consumer Producer for “3 On Your Side” where he has earned two regional Emmy nominations for his investigative works. Prior to Phoenix, Warren spent 28 years at 6ABC-TV in Philadelphia. Warren is President of the Arizona Association of Black Journalists and serves on the Board of Governors for the Rocky Mountain SW Chapter of NATAS.

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