The uncovered angles of guns

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Melissa Bailey of Kaiser Health News; Brian Freskos of The Trace; Duane Pohlman of Sinclair Broadcast Group
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 9:00am
  • Location: Texas F
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Mass shootings, shootings in classrooms, and those involving police and unarmed citizens dominate headlines with the risk of societal desensitization. How are journalists approaching covering a topic nearly every day in the headlines throughout the U.S. and how do we cover gun culture more thoughtfully in ways we haven't to show the impact of gun violence in our communities? Come learn from those who have taken different approaches. 

Speaker Bios

  • Melissa Bailey is a Boston-based reporter on the enterprise and investigative team at Kaiser Health News. Her stories have shed light on elderly suicide, hospice neglect and the intersection of gun violence and dementia. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Atlantic and other outlets. Bailey was a 2015 Nieman Journalism Fellow and holds a math degree from Yale. She previously reported for STAT and the New Haven Independent. @mmbaily

  • Brian Freskos is an award-winning staff writer for The Trace, where his reporting has primarily focused on gun trafficking networks and community-based violence prevention. His work at The Trace has been published in partnership with The New Yorker, The Guardian, and several other outlets. He holds degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and Columbia University. You can find him on Twitter @BrianFreskos.

  • Duane Pohlman has been named Best Reporter/Journalist nine times in five states, including 2019 when AP honored him named him Best Reporter in Ohio. He has received more than one hundred national, regional and state awards for his investigative reporting.  Duane iWorks at WKRC-TV, where his stories are distributed to Sinclair stations in Ohio and across the country.  He is a former IRE board member and current president of the Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism.

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