Uncovering inequity in property taxes

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Christopher Berry of The University of Chicago; Matt Clark of Newsday; Jason Grotto of ProPublica Illinois; Cheryl W. Thompson of NPR
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 8 at 10:15am
  • Location: Grand Ballroom III
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Are tax bills in your area based on accurate and fair assessments? Are lower-income homeowners or those from mostly minority communities being overtaxed? Inequity in property taxation is a huge problem that traditionally has gotten little attention. Learn how to use data to tackle this vital issue and turn the numbers into compelling stories.

Speaker Bios

  • Christopher Berry is the William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor at The University of Chicago, where he also serves as the Director of the Center for Municipal Finance.

  • Matt Clark is an investigative reporter, data analyst and computer programmer who has been a member of Newsday's investigative team since 2013. He worked on the paper’s 2013 police misconduct series that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Public Service. He previously worked at the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Naples Daily News. He graduated in 2006 from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and lives in Long Island, N.Y.

  • Jason Grotto specializes in quantitative analysis and municipal finance. Previously, he worked as an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune and the Miami Herald. He was a 2015 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where he studied municipal finance. Other honors include a Gerald Loeb Award, a Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award, an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and the Society of Environmental Journalists Award. @JasonGrotto

  • Cheryl W. Thompson is IRE board president and an investigative correspondent for NPR. Prior to joining NPR in January, she spent 22 years at The Washington Post. Her investigations include local political corruption, cops killed by guns, witnesses killed for cooperating with police, people who died after being Tasered by police, and the unsolved murders of six black girls nearly 50 years ago. Her awards include a shared Pulitzer, an Emmy, IRE and two NABJ awards. 

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