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 Philadelphia Inquirer’s investigative team. He’s covered topics ranging from fatal police shootings, widespread cheating on school proficiency tests, and newborn deaths following heart surgery at a for-profit hospital. He shared in the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and was one of three reporters whose Toxic City: Sick Schools series was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize and received the IRE watchdog innovation award.

  • Chris Zubak-Skees analyzes data, writes code and does original design as the Center for Public Integrity’s data editor.

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