When the data talks (but the people won't)

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Cary Aspinwall of The Marshall Project; Robert Benincasa of NPR; Sarah Rafique of KTRK-Houston
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 8 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Cardiff
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Strategies for analyzing data that sources won't explain. How to get around roadblocks and convince people to talk to you. 

Speaker Bios

  • 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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