IRE Commons - O’Brien Fellowships: $65,000 in support of nine-month investigative reporting projects (IRE Commons sponsored by Facebook)

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Dave Umhoefer of Marquette University; Gary Harki of The Virginian-Pilot; Greg Borowski of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Maria Perez of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 15 at 9:00am
  • Location: Veiltail
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Reporters and editors affiliated with the O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism discuss the award-winning projects produced by journalists selected for the program at Marquette University. Projects have tackled issues around criminal justice, education, the environment, health, science, government secrecy and more. O’Brien selects 3-5 fellows annually. Find out how to apply.

Speaker Bios

  • Greg Borowski is deputy editor/News, projects and investigations at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where for more than a decade he has overseen one of the nation's most-respected watchdog teams. He has overseen projects that have won nearly every major award in journalism, including the Pulitzer Prize. He also oversees the Journal Sentinel's local news and business news operations. He is a graduate of Marquette University. @GregJBorowski

  • Gary Harki is an investigative reporter at The Virginian-Pilot, where his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system and mental health. He is currently a fellow at Marquette University's O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism.  In 2009, while working at The Charleston Gazette in West Virginia, Harki was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists for his investigation into police brutality and corruption. 

  • Maria Perez works for the investigative desk of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel focusing on immigrant communities and social services. Before that, she covered minority affairs for the Naples Daily News. Her investigation into Florida companies that profited from undocumented workers and reported them for prosecution after work injuries won a 2017 George Polk Award. She has reported on cosmetic surgery clinics that left patients, mostly minority women, injured or dead. 

  • Dave Umhoefer directs the O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism at Marquette University and teaches investigative journalism. His 32-year career covering local government for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel culminated in a 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for his investigation into pension padding by Milwaukee County officials. He proudly served as a PolitiFact reporter for six years.

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