Data of disasters: Following the money

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Matt Dempsey of Houston Chronicle; Omaya Sosa Pascual of Centro de Periodismo Investigativo de Puerto Rico; Lee Zurik of WVUE-New Orleans
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 10 at 10:15am
  • Location: Addison
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and wildfires caused record damage to U.S. cities in 2017. These panelists — veterans of some of the worst storms in history, Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Katrina — will cover resources to help you dig into the problems left in the disaster's wake, including disaster relief efforts, using databases and mapping to show the extent of damage in certain areas and neighborhoods, and how to follow the money.

Speaker Bios

  • Matt Dempsey is the data editor at the Houston Chronicle. He worked on projects involving wildfires, state pensions, and the chemical industry. His passion for public records frequently leads to disclosure of data from all levels of government. His series Chemical Breakdown won the 2016 IRE Innovation award and the National Press Foundation’s “Feddie” award. His work was a key part of the Chronicle’s Pulitzer Prize finalist entry for Breaking News. 

  • Journalist, entrepreneur, and adventurer with 20 years of experience. She is Co-Founder of Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism, the Caribbean’s only non-profit investigative journalism news organization. She led award-winning investigation on the underreported death toll of hurricane Maria in 2017 and in 2019 the investigation that revealed theTelegram chat kept by the Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló that ended with his resignation. @omayasosa

  • Lee Zurik is an Evening News Anchor and Chief Investigative Reporter at WVUE-TV in New Orleans and Director of Investigations at Gray Television and Investigate TV.  Lee has been honored with many of journalism’s top awards including the Peabody, duPont, and IRE Medal.  Before Hurricane Katrina, Lee was a sports anchor/reporter. He taught himself to be an investigative reporter by reading IRE resources (books and tipsheets) and attending IRE conferences. 

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