Reporting on guns

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Brian Freskos of The Trace; Kristin Hussey of independent journalist; Kathleen McGrory of Tampa Bay Times; Cheryl W. Thompson of NPR
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 15 at 10:15am
  • Location: Oceans 5-7
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

From mass shootings to police shootings, guns are penetrating all types of communities in record numbers. Learn how to report on gun theft and link stolen guns to crimes, and obtain and analyze data to examine trends in gun injuries and deaths. Our panelists will offer strategies to help you effectively cover issues involving guns.

Speaker Bios

  • Brian Freskos is an award-winning staff writer for The Trace, where his reporting has primarily focused on gun trafficking networks and community-based violence prevention. His work at The Trace has been published in partnership with The New Yorker, The Guardian, and several other outlets. He holds degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and Columbia University. You can find him on Twitter @BrianFreskos.

  • Kristin Hussey is a Connecticut-based freelance reporter. Since 2007, Kristin has reported on corruption, philanthropy, guns, politics, poverty, pizza and prom dresses for The New York Times. B.C., Kristin was a staff writer for, The Capital in Annapolis, Md., and The News in Boca Raton, Fla. @kristinhussey1

  • Kathleen McGrory is the deputy investigations editor and an investigative reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. She was previously the newspaper’s health and medicine reporter. Before joining the Times in 2015, Kathleen spent nine years at the Miami Herald. She holds degrees from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. @kmcgrory

  • Cheryl W. Thompson is IRE board president and an investigative correspondent for NPR. Prior to joining NPR in January, she spent 22 years at The Washington Post. Her investigations include local political corruption, cops killed by guns, witnesses killed for cooperating with police, people who died after being Tasered by police, and the unsolved murders of six black girls nearly 50 years ago. Her awards include a shared Pulitzer, an Emmy, IRE and two NABJ awards. 

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