On the beat: How to ferret out government contracting abuse

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Gregory Gordon of McClatchy; Carrie Jung of WBUR; Patrick Malone of The Seattle Times
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 15 at 9:00am
  • Location: Oceans 3
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Three veteran journalists share their experiences and secrets in how to unearth shady or improper government contracting arrangements at the federal, state and local levels. The panelists will provide details of how they uncovered shenanigans that cost taxpayers millions of dollars -- even billions of dollars -- in procurements for two-way radios, K-12 education and Pentagon work. They will school attendees about filing public records requests, contacting the competitors of suspect companies and tracking incestuous relationships involving contract officers.

Speaker Bios

  • Greg Gordon: Investigative reporter over four decades in Washington, including last 12 years with McClatchy. Also worked in Washington bureaus of UPI, where he headed the company's first national I-team, Detroit News and Minneapolis Star Tribune. Pulitzer finalist in 2009 for series exposing Goldman Sachs' sale of subprime mortgage securities at same time it was making huge bets on a housing market crash. @GregGordon2

  • Carrie is a senior education reporter with WBUR's Edify desk covering K-12 issues in the city and state. Before joining WBUR in 2018, Jung worked as a senior field correspondent with NPR affiliate KJZZ in Phoenix, Arizona. While there she covered a variety of developing news stories including an ongoing investigation into school building contract procurement practices.

  • Patrick Malone spent 20 years at daily newspapers in Colorado and New Mexico before joining the Center for Public Integrity as a national security reporter in May 2015. In January 2020, Malone took a position as a senior reporter on the investigations team at The Seattle Times. He has received dozens of regional journalism awards for coverage of priest sexual abuse, corruption in the Colorado prison system and money in politics. And he holds numerous national awards for coverage of hospital pricing, and exposing fraud and waste within the U.S. nuclear weapons program. @pmalonedc

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