When the system is the abuser: Investigating injustice in child welfare

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Karen de Sa of San Francisco Chronicle; David Jackson of Chicago Tribune; Carol Marbin Miller of Miami Herald
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 16 at 9:00am
  • Location: Oceans 3
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Three veteran investigative reporters who’ve worked the child welfare beat will share with you the methods they’ve developed to explore systemic problems in the agencies running the foster care system. Carol Marbin Miller will discuss how to investigate the most grievous cases, child deaths. David Jackson will offer guidance on how to get confidential records from professionals whose careers may be at stake. And Karen de Sá will discuss other metrics reporters can use to evaluate child well-being, including mental health treatment and law enforcement intervention for behavior management.

Speaker Bios

  • Karen de Sá is an investigative reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle whose work has focused on child welfare, juvenile justice and social services. Her projects exposing abuses in foster care, prisons, the legislature and the courts have resulted in more than a half-dozen laws in California. She worked at The San Jose Mercury News for 18 years prior to joining The Chronicle's new investigative team in 2016.

  • At The Washington Post, David Jackson shared the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for public service for articles about citizens shot by police. At the Chicago Tribune he was a Pulitzer finalist 4 times, for exposing violence in residential facilities for youth, interviewing dangerous fugitives in foreign countries, for the series "How Troubled Kids Became Big Business" and for a probe of the Nation of Islam. @poolcar4

  • Carol Marbin Miller is a senior investigative reporter for the Miami Herald, where she has written for almost 20 years about child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, disabilities and elders. Marbin Miller graduated from Florida State and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has been awarded the Goldsmith Prize, Selden Ring Award, Worth Bingham Prize, Heywood Broun Award, Pulliam First Amendment Award and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. 

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