Thinking like a data reporter on the criminal justice beat

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Corey Johnson of Tampa Bay Times; Joe Mahr of Chicago Tribune; Alysia Santo of The Marshall Project
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 10 at 10:15am
  • Location: Grand Ballroom III
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

This panel will lay out proven strategies and resources for locating and obtaining important records and databases that shed light on the true performance of criminal justice agencies locally and nationally. The group will also suggest story ideas and trends and share techniques for overcoming unnecessary secrecy.

Speaker Bios

  • 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


    Joe Mahr is an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune. Before joining the Tribune in 2009, Mahr worked at four newspapers in Missouri, Illinois and Ohio. He was on a team awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 2004 and another team named a Pulitzer finalist for local reporting in 2015. A 1994 graduate of Ohio University, Mahr spends his spare time exercising, doing home improvement and expecting, any day, for the Cleveland Browns to win a game. @joemahr

  • Alysia Santo is a staff writer. Her investigative reporting on the criminal justice system has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and elsewhere. She was a finalist for the Livingston Award in both 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up for the John Jay College/H.F. Guggenheim Prize for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting in both 2017 and 2019. @alysiasanto

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