Career roundtable

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Ellen Gabler of The New York Times; Matt Goldberg of NBCUniversal; Corey Johnson of Tampa Bay Times; Francisco Vara-Orta of IRE and NICAR; Susan Batt of WTHR-Indianapolis
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 10 at 11:30am
  • Location: Grand Ballroom III
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Looking for advice on how to take the next step in your career? Get practical tips from panelists who will talk about their own experiences and discuss what employers are looking for.

Speaker Bios

  • Susan Batt is an investigative and special projects producer at WTHR (NBC Indianapolis.) She is fortunate to work with a great 13 Investigates team that was honored last year with an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University silver baton and two Peabody Awards.  Susan has also worked in radio and for WRTV, ABC News (Washington, D.C.) and KOMU. @susanbatt

  • Ellen Gabler is an investigative reporter at The New York Times. Before joining the Times, she worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a reporter and deputy investigations editor. A native of Eau Claire, Wis. Gabler is a graduate of Emory University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a former IRE board member. @egabler

  • Matt Goldberg is the Vice President of Content Strategy for the NBC Owned TV Stations, where he leads a team focused on innovative storytelling. He has been honored with numerous local and national awards, including the IRE Award.  He has worked at television stations in Phoenix, Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. His reporting has exposed consumer fraud, government corruption and human rights violations.  Matt also serves on the IRE board of directors.

  • Corey Johnson is an investigative reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. His work has uncovered police corruption, coerced prison sterilizations, state regulatory failures, excessive governmental secrecy and university scandals. His efforts have won IRE's top prize, the Gold Medal, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and garnered many other state and national honors. @CoreyGJohnson

  • Francisco Vara-Orta is a training director at the Investigative Reporters & Editors, Inc. He brings nearly 20 years of newsroom experience, published by a variety of news organizations, including Chalkbeat, Education Week, the San Antonio Express-News, Austin Business Journal, Los Angeles Business Journal and the Los Angeles Times. He earned a master’s degree in investigative/data journalism at Mizzou & a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

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