Funding your investigation

  • Event: 2017 New York Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Jane Sasseen of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; Hannah Rappleye of NBC News; Lisa Riordan Seville of independent journalist; Sarah Blustain of The Investigative Fund; Andrew Lehren of NBC News
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jan. 27 at 4:05pm
  • Location: Newsroom
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Andy Lehren, The New York Times

Speaker Bios

  • Sarah Blustain is Deputy Editor of The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, a non-profit provides editorial and financial support for investigative journalism. She previously served as senior editor for Newsweek/The Daily Beast, The New Republic, The American Prospect, and the feminist quarterly Lilith. As a recipient of grants from The Investigative Fund, she covered anti-abortion politics and strategy.

  • Andy Lehren is senior editor for the NBC News investigative team. Previously at The New York Times. Led NBC’s work on the Implant Files collaboration. Mined the Snowden files. Probed Wikileaks diplomatic cables troves, including for the best-selling book “Open Secrets.” Covered the military, policing. terrorism, more. Honors include a Polk, Peabody, three IRE awards and contributing to a Pulitzer. Specializes in data journalism. Teaches  @cunyjschool. @lehrennbc

  • Hannah Rappleye is a producer with the Investigative Unit at NBC News. Her work focuses on criminal justice, immigration and civil rights and has been supported by several foundations, including The Investigative Fund and the Open Society Foundation. She received her BA from The New School and her MA in Journalism from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. @hrappleye.

  • Lisa Riordan Seville is an independent investigative reporter for news and magazines. Her stories have appeared on NBC News and nbcnews.com, in The Nation magazine, Salon.com and the New York Daily News, among other outlets. Her work has been supported by the Investigative Fund for The Nation Institute, the Open Society Foundations, the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships and CUNY's Urban Reporting Program.

  • Jane Sasseen is executive director of the McGraw Center for Business Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, she was a senior editor and Washington bureau chief for BusinessWeek, editor-in-chief of politics for Yahoo News, and the Paris bureau chief of International Management magazine. She is a recipient of the Gerald Loeb Award, the top prize for financial journalism in America. @janesasseen

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