Election & Politics Track: Trumping norms: Tracking the Trump Administration’s conflicts of interest

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Derek Kravitz of ProPublica; Andrew Lehren of NBC News; Charles Lewis of Investigative Reporting Workshop; Clare Malone of FiveThirtyEight
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 14 at 11:30am
  • Location: Oceans 3
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Generally, most U.S. Presidents do not ensconce their daughter and son-in-law in White House West Wing offices, nor lease and operate a posh hotel bearing their name just a block from the White House, nor refuse to publicly release their tax returns unlike all other previously-elected presidents since the Watergate scandal. Donald J. Trump has flouted many of the ethical mores of past presidents, including even such basics as facts and truth, according to the Washington Post uttering 3,000 false or misleading statements in just his first 16 months in office. All of which makes tracking the Trump administration’s conflicts of interest and other ethics-related issues an excellent adventure for any reporter and news organization. Meanwhile, public trust in government remains near historic lows in the United States.

Speaker Bios

  • Derek Kravitz is the research editor at ProPublica. Previously, he worked as a reporter and editor for The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, The Washington Post and the Columbia Daily Tribune. Kravitz was also a postgraduate research scholar at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he now teaches investigative reporting. He graduated from the University of Missouri and Columbia University and lives in New York. @derekkravitz

  • Andy Lehren is senior editor for the NBC News investigative team. Previously at The New York Times. Led NBC’s work on the Implant Files collaboration. Mined the Snowden files. Probed Wikileaks diplomatic cables troves, including for the best-selling book “Open Secrets.” Covered the military, policing. terrorism, more. Honors include a Polk, Peabody, three IRE awards and contributing to a Pulitzer. Specializes in data journalism. Teaches  @cunyjschool. @lehrennbc

  • Charles Lewis is a professor and founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University in Washington. A former producer for ABC News and CBS News 60 Minutes, he founded two Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit news organizations, the Center for Public Integrity and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The author or co-author of six books, he was awarded the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence in 2018. 

  • Clare Malone is a senior political writer at FiveThirtyEight where she covers the 2018 senate races, the broad shifts in American politics parties and election security issues. She is a panelist on the weekly FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast. Prior to joining FiveThirtyEight she was a member of the New Yorker's editorial staff and an editor at The American Prospect.

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