Energy & Environment Track: Covering the environment as an investigative target in the Trump era

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Judy Fahys of InsideClimate News; Eric Lipton of The New York Times; Rebecca Leber of Mother Jones
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Briargrove
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

The Trump administration's wide-ranging rollbacks of environmental standards at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department have generated a steady stream of breaking news, but there are also enormous opportunities for reporters to investigate what the weakened protections mean for air, water, public lands and human health. Regulated businesses are spending billions lobbying government agencies that are now run by former industry advocates, presenting significant ethics concerns. Direct and definable impacts to communities are starting to emerge. We examine ways to dig deeper that are relevant for every newspaper, radio station and TV outlet in the United States.

Speaker Bios

  • Judy Fahys is InsideClimate News's first staff reporter in the Mountain West, where climate change, energy and pollution of all sorts provide endless fodder for stories. A longtime member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and a Society of Environmental Journalists board member, she previously worked at the Salt Lake Tribune and NPR Utah.

  • Rebecca Leber is an environmental reporter in Mother Jones’ Washington, DC bureau. Previously she was an editor for Grist and a staff writer for The New Republic. In 2017 the SEAL awards recognized her as one of the 10 best environmental journalists in the U.S. She’s also completed media fellowships with CUNY Graduate Journalism and Vermont Law School. @RebLeber

  • Eric Lipton is a Pulitzer, Gerald Loeb and IRE-winning investigative reporter in the Washington Bureau of The New York Times. He previously worked at The Washington Post, The Hartford Courant and The Valley News in New Hampshire.  He writes about the Trump administration, with a particular focus during 2018 on EPA and Interior.

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