Building and telling a bulletproof data story

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Sandhya Kambhampati of Los Angeles Times; Tisha Thompson of ESPN
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 9 at 9:00am
  • Location: Grand Ballroom II
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Whether you’re the lone data-cruncher in your organization or the manager of a big-time newsroom, we’re going to share techniques everyone can use to ensure they’ve got bulletproof data. We will first go over questions everyone should ask to avoid dangerous mistakes and assumptions, and then give tips on how to incorporate that data into a compelling story.

Speaker Bios

  • Sandhya Kambhampati is a data reporter at the Los Angeles Times. Most recently, she worked at ProPublica Illinois, where she uses statistics to uncover structural issues and abuses. At ProPublica, she co-reported on the widespread inaccuracies in Cook County's property tax assessment system, which was a 2018 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Local Reporting. Before that, she was a Knight-Mozilla fellow at Correctiv and a database reporter at Chronicle of Higher Education. Twitter: @sandhya__k

  • @TishaESPN is an investigative reporter for ESPN, appearing on a variety of platforms like Outside the Lines, E:60, SportsCenter, espnW, ESPN FC and She previously worked at NBC4 and FOX5 in her hometown of Washington, D.C., with earlier stints in Baltimore, Kentucky and Missouri. She joined IRE when she was 16 years old and credits it with providing her the skills and techniques she used to garner the more than 100 awards and honors she has received.

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