Afflicting the comfortable

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Nancy Amons of WSMV-Nashville; Sammy Roth of The Desert Sun; Matt Hamilton of Los Angeles Times
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 14 at 10:15am
  • Location: Crystal AB
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

A journalist's mission is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. And while reporters often focus on the failure of institutions, powerful individuals are ultimately the responsible parties. So how do we hold the powerful accountable? Four panelists give their tips on how best to approach people on lofty perches, get them to talk, and bulletproof our stories about them.

Speaker Bios

  • Nancy has been at WSMV in Nashville for more than 30 years. She  currently  specializes in quick-turn investigations. Her investigations in 2017 and 2018 resulted in seven felony convictions, including the imprisonment of a Tennessee judge and a Tennessee sheriff.  When Nancy is not at work she is usually  on the dance floor. 

  • Matt Hamilton is a reporter for the Los Angeles Times where his recent work has focused on the University of Southern California. He joined The Times in 2013 and has covered legal affairs, natural disasters and crime across California. He was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for coverage of the San Bernardino mass shooting. He has a degree in theology from Boston College and graduated from USC's journalism program. @MattHjourno

  • Sammy writes about energy and the environment for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, California, and about climate change for USA TODAY. @Sammy_Roth

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