Cops, docs, and traffic stops: Criminal justice reporting through data

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Anita Hassan of Las Vegas Review-Journal; Ben Poston of Los Angeles Times; Alysia Santo of The Marshall Project; Alain Stephens of The Trace
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 8 at 9:00am
  • Location: Cardiff
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

This panel explores the pathways of finding, capturing and using data to tell compelling and relevant criminal justice stories. The group will also share techniques for breaking through the thin blue line of secrecy, and how to avoid common pitfalls along the way. 

Speaker Bios

  • Anita Hassan joined the Las Vegas Review Journal's investigations team in August 2017. She was previously an investigative reporter for the Houston Chronicle, where her award-winning reporting highlighted a massive backlog of untested rape kits, county jail abuses and corruption in a state program civilly committing sex offenders. Her latest investigation uncovered failures in the criminal justice system that allowed a serial rapist in Houston to go free for a decade. 

  • Ben Poston is a data journalist at the Los Angeles Times. A three-time Livingston Award finalist, Poston has won several national awards, including the George Polk Award and the Gerald Loeb Award. Prior to working at The Times, he was the data editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. @bposton

  • Alysia Santo is a staff writer. Her investigative reporting on the criminal justice system has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and elsewhere. She was a finalist for the Livingston Award in both 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up for the John Jay College/H.F. Guggenheim Prize for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting in both 2017 and 2019. @alysiasanto

  • Alain Stephens is an investigative reporter based in San Diego. Originally from Texas, his work has been featured on NPR, Reveal, and the Houston Chronicle. Stephens specializes in topics of criminal justice where his coverage of juvenile incarceration and gun violence have earned multiple accolades. Stephens is also a former Reveal Investigative Fellow. @AlainStephens

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