Broadcast Track: Holding them accountable

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Lee Zurik of WVUE-New Orleans; Vicky Nguyen of NBC News; Charlie Specht of ABC7 Buffalo/WKBW
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 11:30am
  • Location: Texas H
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Experienced broadcast investigative reporters share techniques and tips for how they hold the powerful accountable. The panel will prepare you for accountability interviews – both scheduled and unscheduled. The panel will also show how you can hold institutions and officials accountable when they hide. It will be a lively panel with plenty of news you can use for your own accountability interviews in markets big and small.

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

  • Vicky Nguyen is an investigative & consumer correspondent for NBC News. Her award-winning reporting has led to multiple state and federal investigations and to changes in national policies. Vicky's work has been recognized with a National Emmy, the duPont Columbia Award, the Gerald Loeb Award for Business & Financial Journalism, 3 Gracies, & 2 Sigma Delta Chi awards. Her favorite part of investigative journalism is seeing the impact of the reports. @VickyNguyenTV

  • Charlie Specht is the Chief Investigator for the 7 Eyewitness News I-Team. He has earned multiple Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press Awards and his work exposing the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has led to state and federal investigations. @Charlie_Reports

  • Lee Zurik is an Evening News Anchor and Chief Investigative Reporter at WVUE-TV in New Orleans and Director of Investigations at Gray Television and Investigate TV.  Lee has been honored with many of journalism’s top awards including the Peabody, duPont, and IRE Medal.  Before Hurricane Katrina, Lee was a sports anchor/reporter. He taught himself to be an investigative reporter by reading IRE resources (books and tipsheets) and attending IRE conferences. 

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