Broadcast Track: Cold cases as investigations

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Andy Pierrotti of WXIA-Atlanta; Kevin Vaughan of KUSA/9News Denver; Grace White of KHOU-Houston
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 5:00pm
  • Location: Texas H
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Hear from three veteran investigative reporters discuss how they piece together decades-old evidence and turn it into compelling stories. Not all cases warrant further investigation. So, how do you pick the right case? This panel will teach you about flawed forensics, how to turn a TV story into a podcast, restoring evidence and much more. If you consider yourself an armchair detective, you’ll want to attend this panel! 

This session is sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speaker Bios

  • Andy is an investigative reporter at 11Alive, the NBC TV affiliate in Atlanta. He's an accomplished journalist recognized with by George Foster Peabody, RTNDA, Scripps Howard Foundation and numerous regional Emmy chapters. His stories focus on government accountability, equality, criminal justice and consumer advocacy. Twitter: @AndyPierrotti

  • Kevin Vaughan is an award-winning investigative reporter at KUSA-TV 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. He previously reported for the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post and FOX Sports 1. His 2007 series “The Crossing” was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is on the board of Criminal Justice Journalists. He and Jim Davidson are co-authors of the New York Times Times best seller “The Ledge: An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival.” Contact: or @writerkev

  • Grace White is an Emmy award-winning reporter and fill-in anchor for KHOU 11 News, the CBS affiliate in Houston, Texas. She specializes in in-depth crime reporting and her cold case series "Missing Pieces" won a 2017 Lone Star Emmy. Grace spent the last decade working in newsrooms across the country, before coming home to Houston. You can follow Grace on Twitter @GraceWhiteKHOU

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