Make your move: Career advice for climbing the investigative ladder

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Madi Alexander of The Dallas Morning News; Cary Aspinwall of The Marshall Project; Brittney Johnson of WSOC-Charlotte; Molly Solomon of Oregon Public Broadcasting
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 16 at 4:15pm
  • Location: Oceans 1
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Looking to take the next step in your career? Want to move from crime briefs to hard-hitting investigative stories? Get honest advice and input from journalists who once had the same questions you have now. This session is geared toward folks who are early in their careers, though anyone is welcome.

Speaker Bios

  • Madi Alexander is a computational journalist at The Dallas Morning News. She was previously a data reporter at Bloomberg Government in Washington, D.C. Madi has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She volunteers for the Dallas puppy-raising chapter of Guide Dogs for the Blind. Madi also keeps a database of all the national parks and historical sites she has visited — a total of 40 thus far. @MadiLAlexander

  • Cary Aspinwall is a Dallas-based staff writer for The Marshall Project. Previously, she was an investigative reporter at The Dallas Morning News. In 2019, she won the Gerald Loeb Award for local reporting on a Texas company's history of deadly natural gas explosions and is a past Pulitzer finalist for her work exposing flaws in Oklahoma's execution process. She is a co-founder of The Frontier, a nonprofit devoted to investigative journalism in Oklahoma. @caryaspinwall

  • Brittney Johnson wakes up at 1:30 every weekday morning to help viewers get their day started as an anchor and reporter at WSOC-TV in Charlotte, NC.  Before moving to her hometown, she told stories across Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. She's a proud graduate of Howard University and UC Berkeley's J-School and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, IRE and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. 

  • Molly Solomon is the Southwest Washington Bureau Chief for Oregon Public Broadcasting. She was previously a general assignment reporter for Hawaii Public Radio where she covered homelessness, native Hawaiian issues and even an active lava flow. Her work has appeared on "Marketplace," NPR’s "Morning Edition," "All Things Considered," "Here and Now" and "Science Friday." A Bay Area native, Molly uses the word hella unapologetically. @solomonout

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