Investigating worker exploitation

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Brett Murphy of USA TODAY Network; Shoshana Walter of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting; Peggy Lowe of KCUR 89.3
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 14 at 11:30am
  • Location: Crystal E
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Mistreatment and abuse of workers happen in foreign lands as well as America's heartland — and a shocking number of points in between. Stories may be hiding in plain sight in your communities behind factory walls, in farm fields and even in tractor-trailer trucks. Learn how to expose worker exploitation, make readers care and spark reforms. 

Speaker Bios

  • Peggy Lowe is a veteran reporter with KCUR, Harvest Public Media and APM Reports, a public media investigative collaboration. Her work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and APM’s Marketplace. Her investigative project, “Dangerous Jobs, Cheap Meat,” won top prize from the Public Radio News Directors' in 2017. @peggyllowe

  • Brett Murphy (@brettmmurphy) is a reporter on USA Today’s investigations desk. He’s also an adjunct journalism professor at George Washington University. Murphy co-founded Local Matters, a weekly newsletter curating the best local investigative reporting around the country. Murphy has won numerous journalism awards and was a 2018 Pulitzer finalist for his series on worker exploitation in the port trucking industry. He is based in Washington, D.C.

  • Shoshana Walter is a reporter for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where her work has won the Livingston Award for national reporting, the Knight Award for Public Service and was recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, among other awards. She and reporter Amy Julia Harris exposed how rehabs across the US have sent people to work for free for private companies, from Exxon and Shell to Walmart and KFC. The series prompted numerous criminal probes and class-action lawsuits, alleging slavery, labor law violations and fraud.

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