IRE Commons: O’Brien Fellowships: $65,000 in support of nine-month investigative reporting projects

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Dave Umhoefer of Marquette University; Greg Borowski of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Justin George of The Marshall Project
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 22 at 3:45pm
  • Location: IRE Commons
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

**Moderated by Dave Umhoefer, Marquette University

Reporters and editors affiliated with the O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism discuss the award-winning projects produced by journalists selected for the program at Marquette University. Projects have tackled issues around criminal justice, education, the environment, health, science, government secrecy and more. O’Brien selects 3-5 fellows annually. Find out how to apply.


Speaker Bios

  • Greg Borowski is deputy editor/News, projects and investigations at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where for more than a decade he has overseen one of the nation's most-respected watchdog teams. He has overseen projects that have won nearly every major award in journalism, including the Pulitzer Prize. He also oversees the Journal Sentinel's local news and business news operations. He is a graduate of Marquette University. @GregJBorowski

  • Justin George is the Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Marshall Project. He previously worked at the Baltimore Sun, where he embedded with the local police department to cover the internal investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, part of a body of work that made the Sun a Pulitzer Prize finalist. George grew up in Colorado, and has worked at the Daily Camera of Boulder, Colo., the Daily Press of Newport News, Va., and the Tampa Bay Times. @justingeorge

  • Dave Umhoefer directs the O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism at Marquette University and teaches investigative journalism. His 32-year career covering local government for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel culminated in a 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for his investigation into pension padding by Milwaukee County officials. He proudly served as a PolitiFact reporter for six years.

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