Diversity Track: Investigating bias: From courts to the classroom

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Vanessa de la Torre of WNPR; Josh Salman of USA TODAY Network; Topher Sanders of ProPublica; Lorie Fridell of University of Southern Florida
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 15 at 3:45pm
  • Location: Crystal AB
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Racial biases are pervasive in many of our public systems, from policing to courts to education and housing. Learn how you can pinpoint bias on your beat, and how to use social science methods to make sure you're right.

Speaker Bios

  • Vanessa de la Torre is a reporter at WNPR in Hartford, covering race, identity and culture for the public radio collaborative “Sharing America.” Previously, she spent 11 years at the Hartford Courant newspaper, where her investigative storytelling on Hartford education won regional awards and national recognition from the Education Writers Association. She was part of the Courant team that was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. @vdelatorre

  • Lorie Fridell is one of the top experts in the country on biased policing including the measurement of it.  Because of her concerns about the high expectations for, and faulty analysis of, vehicle stop data designed to measure biased policing, she wrote "By the Numbers:  A Guide for Analyzing Race Data from Vehicle Stops."  She is a Criminology professor and the creator of the Fair and Impartial Policing Training Program, which is based on the science of implicit bias.  

  • Josh Salman is an investigative reporter with GateHouse Media. Salman's reporting has won the American Society of News Editors’ Batten Medal for Public Service, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Human Rights Journalism and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize and Selden Ring Award. @JoshSalman

  • Topher Sanders covers race, inequality and the justice system for ProPublica. @ReporterTopher

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