A conversation with James B. Steele: Insights and lessons for data journalists

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Sarah Cohen of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism; James B. Steele of independent journalist
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 9 at 10:15am
  • Location: Salon A&B
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

This special session features the wit and wisdom of James B. Steele, one of the nation's most accomplished investigative journalists and a data journalism pioneer. 

In 1972, Steele and reporting partner Donald L. Barlett in collaboration with Philip Meyer used a computer to analyze more than 1,000 cases of violent crime in Philadelphia for The Philadelphia Inquirer -- the largest CAR project of its time. Barlett and Steele worked together for more than 40 years on investigative stories that won two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Magazine Awards, six IRE Awards and a slew of other honors. Over the years, Steele also has produced investigative pieces for Time Inc., Vanity Fair, the Investigative Reporting Workshop and REVEAL from the Center for Investigative Reporting. 

Bring your own questions and participate in this special conversation, which will be moderated by Sarah Cohen, the Knight Chair in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Cohen previously ran the data reporting team at The New York Times and worked as database editor at The Washington Post, where she shared in the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, the IRE medal and other national awards.

Speaker Bios

  • Sarah Cohen is the Knight Chair in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School at ASU. Previously, she worked as the editor of a data reporting team at The New York Times focused on long-term enterprise and investigative stories, and as a database editor for The Washington Post. Her awards include the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting, the Goldsmith Prize and the IRE medal. She is a past president of IRE, and served on the board for eight years.

  • Jim Steele is a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter and co- author of eight books including two NYTimes best sellers who has written for Vanity Fair, Time magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer in his more investigative career. 

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