Cross-border crime reporting

  • Event: 2017 Vancouver Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Kim Bolan of The Vancouver Sun; Andrew McIntosh of Puget Sound Business Journal; Mike De Souza of Global News; Garance Burke of Stanford University
  • Date/Time: Saturday, May. 20 at 11:00am
  • Location: Multipurpose Room
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Mike De Souza

How do you report on criminals? Journalists who have done investigations in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. share their approaches to telling high-risk stories that can bring serious repercussions. 

Speaker Bios

  • Award-winning investigative reporter Kim Bolan covers gangs and organized crime for The Vancouver Sun. Bolan has covered the biggest criminal cases in Canadian history from the Air India bombing to serial killer Robert Pickton to the Surrey Six gangland slayings. Her book on the Air India bombing, Loss of Faith: How the Air India Bombers Got Away with Murder, won the Dafoe Prize. She is currently working on a second book about B.C.'s gang war.

  • Garance Burke is a national investigative reporter whose data-driven work has revealed vital truths in the public interest. She is currently a John S. Knight Journalism-Artificial Intelligence fellow at Stanford University, where she is researching algorithmic accountability while on leave from her position with The Associated Press. In 2019, her work was honored as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting. @garanceburke

  • Mike De Souza is an investigative producer with Global News. He was previously National Observer’s Managing Editor. He has covered politics for more than a decade, focusing in recent years on energy and environment policies in government and industry. A Montreal native, Mike has worked as a broadcast and print journalist in his home town, as well as the National Assembly in Quebec City, Parliament Hill in Ottawa and Calgary. He has worked for Reuters, Postmedia and The Montreal Gazette. 

  • McIntosh covers Boeing and global aerospace for Seattle's Puget Sound Business Journal. A Certified Fraud Examiner and FOIA expert, he's a 3-time winner of Canada’s National Newspaper Award, an IRE finalist, and SABEW award winner. He's a North American working as an investigative reporter for The Sacramento Bee, National Post, Toronto Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen and Montreal Gazette. This spring, he co-authored a best-selling book about the Hells Angels in Quebec.

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