Behind the story: Case Cleared

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Sophie Chou of ProPublica; Emily Harris of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting; Mark Fahey of Scripps Washington Bureau; Mark Greenblatt of Scripps Washington Bureau; Nadia Hamdan of KUT 90.5
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 9 at 3:30pm
  • Location: Salon D
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

This panel takes a rare deep dive behind the scenes of "Case Cleared,” a year-long joint investigation from Newsy, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and ProPublica. Their work uncovered how dozens of police agencies in America are inflating clearance rates for rape by making many rape cases look as if they are solved when they are simply closed with no arrest. 

The team will share reporting methods you can apply to discover key sources that will bring data-heavy stories to life, transforming them into stories that drive impact, and talk about the special challenges of doing that on subjects as sensitive as rape. The team will also describe its continuing collection of rape prosecution data and how you can be a part of that ongoing work and access our data to check on your local police.

Speaker Bios

  • Sophie Chou is a data reporter at ProPublica. She uses statistics and data science to investigate stories. Before coming to ProPublica, she was a data journalist at Public Radio International and a Google News fellow at the Pew Research Center. Sophie earned her master’s degree at the MIT Media Lab, where she researched how political news spread on Twitter during the 2016 elections.

  • Mark Fahey is a data journalist and investigative producer with the Scripps DC Bureau and Newsy. His stories and graphics have appeared on CNBC and in the Wall Street Journal, NBC News, CNN Money, Crain's New York Business, the Virginia Quarterly Review, ProPublica and CIR's Reveal radio show on NPR. Mark studied biology as an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis and business and economics journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

  • Mark Greenblatt is a 3-time Peabody award winner who’s work has led to widespread reforms, new local and federal laws and the federal indictment of a former V.A. chief. His work has earned the I.R.E. Medal, duPont-Columbia, Livingston, national Emmy for investigative, national Murrow and he has twice been named a finalist for Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize. Mark is a proud father and husband, brews his own beer, and he is the Fund For Investigative Journalism’s Treasurer.

  • Nadia Hamdan is a reporter, producer, and host for Austin's NPR station. Her reporting has been heard on NPR's Morning Edition, NPR's All Things Considered, WBUR's Here & Now and the BBC World Service. Nadia received her bachelor's degree in International Relations & Global Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. 

  • @emilygharris Emily Harris is a senior reporter and producer for Reveal, the public radio show & podcast by the Center for Investigative Reporting. She previously served as an NPR correspondent, based at various times in Europe, Iraq, Jerusalem and Washington D.C. 

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