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 an investigative reporter at The Marshall Project. Previously at The Dallas Morning News, she investigated everything from a gas company's alarming record of blowing up its customers' homes to what happens to children when their moms are arrested. She's a co-founder of The Frontier, a nonprofit devoted to investigative reporting in Oklahoma and in 2015, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting. Twitter: @caryaspinwall
Robert Benincasa does data analysis and reporting for NPR's Investigations Unit in Washington, D.C. His recent work includes a data analysis showing that U.S. coal miners have been exposed to toxic quartz dust in violation of federal health standards. The exposures are linked to an epidemic of a deadly form of black lung disease. Benincasa has been with NPR since 2008 and previously worked for The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press and Gannett News Service in Washington.
Sarah Rafique is an investigative reporter at KXAN News in Austin, where she focuses on data reporting and narrative writing. Her investigation into Texas' troubled toll road system resulted in a state agency waiving more than $1.3 billion in late fees for customers in 2018. She previously worked at newspapers covering Fort Hood and West Texas and has been recognized statewide and nationally for breaking news, features and investigative reporting. Twitter: @SarahRafique
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