Uncovering environmental hazards faced by urban children

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Molly Peterson of independent journalist; Dylan Purcell of The Philadelphia Inquirer; Chris Zubak-Skees of The Center for Public Integrity
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 10 at 11:30am
  • Location: Grand Ballroom I
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Decaying, pollution-choked schools, old homes with lead paint, toxic soil left behind by shuttered factories and even urban heat islands — all environmental dangers faced by children. This panel will show how to uncover these lurking dangers in your own communities by analyzing often-overlooked data sources and, when data is lacking, doing your own testing. 

Speaker Bios

  • Molly Peterson (@Mollydacious) reports on climate and environment for public media and print, including High Country News, NPR, CodeSwitch, KQED, & PRI’s The World. In 2009, while at Southern California Public Radio, she was an IRE finalist in radio for a project investigating faulty pumps in New Orleans. Her latest project documented extreme heat in LA’s San Fernando Valley. She has worked for ISeeChange, a citizen climate observation platform funded in part by NASA.

  • Dylan Purcell is a data reporter on the Inquirer’s investigative team. He has uncovered low conviction rates for violent crimes, widespread cheating on state tests, and the high rate of newborn deaths after heart surgery at a for-profit hospital. He was a member of the reporting team that won a Pulitzer and IRE award for examining violence in Philadelphia’s public schools. Recently, he’s focused on the dangers of lead exposure faced by urban children. @dylancpurcell

  • Chris Zubak-Skees leads a small team of computational journalists as data editor at the Center for Public Integrity. He was previously the Center's developer, doing analysis and interactive journalism with code. He has been part of teams that have won Meyer, Loeb, Goldsmith and Malofiej awards.

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