When the data talks (but the people won't)
Strategies for analyzing data that sources won't explain. How to get around roadblocks and convince people to talk to you.
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
Robert Benincasa does data-driven reporting for NPR's Washington, D.C.-based investigations team. Recent work includes a series on how federal disaster aid favors the wealthy, and a consumer investigation into diabetic alert dogs. Twitter: @robertbenincasa
Sarah Rafique is an investigative producer at KTRK, the ABC-owned station in Houston, Texas, where she focuses on data reporting, visualization and investigative storytelling. She previously worked as an investigative reporter at KXAN in Austin. Before that, she was a print reporter covering Fort Hood and West Texas. She's been recognized statewide and nationally for investigative reporting, breaking news and features. Twitter: @SarahRafique
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