Broadcast Track: Deep dive 2: Best of broadcast

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Sam Hornblower of 60 Minutes; Ted Oberg of KTRK-Houston; Marissa Bodnar of WGME-Portland, ME; Jon Chrisos of WGME-Portland, ME
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Texas H
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

For an hour we dive deep into two investigations from opposite ends of the resource spectrum. One from 60 Minutes, the second from WGME-TV in Maine. We will spend time examining how their work moved from tip to TV, the hurdles two separate industries made them jump over and the unique ways both teams gathered private industry documents outside the open records process. 

A finalist for an IRE Award this year, Portland, Maine’s WGME turned a single tip into a crowd-sourced data-driven visual investigation of 100s of electric utility customers who were systematically overcharged by a company that was forced to ask for a do-over of initial denials. 

60 Minutes spent two years investigating the scourge of opioids examining how and why the pills became so widely overused. In this deep dive, a producer behind the 60 Minutes investigation explains how they found and documented a new turn in what had become a well-covered topic.

You’ll leave with methods you can steal for your next piece and an understanding of the key things that unite the seemingly different projects.

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

  • Marissa Bodnar is an investigative reporter at the CBS affiliate in Portland, Maine, where she covers a little bit of everything. Her work has earned regional and national recognition, including multiple Edward R. Murrow awards, most recently for investigative reporting. Marissa is also an IRE Award finalist this year for a series that prompted a state investigation and class-action lawsuit. She's a graduate of Northeastern University. @MarissaWGME

  • Jon Chrisos is a Murrow and Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and anchor in Portland, Maine, and also produces national stories for Sinclair Broadcast Group. His work has prompted state and federal policy changes, led to new legislation, and helped recover more than $5 million for Maine consumers. @JonWGME

  • Sam Hornblower joined 60 Minutes in 2006 and has won three Peabody awards and two Emmy awards for outstanding investigative journalism. He has done stories on stem cell therapy charlatans in “21st Century Snake Oil,” fabricated clinical data in “Deception at Duke,” fraudulent hospital billing in “The Cost of Admission,” and excess formaldehyde in flooring in “Lumber Liquidators.” For the past two seasons, he has been doing a series on the opioid epidemic. @samhornblower

  • Ted Oberg is ABC13 Houston’s Investigative Reporter. Ted's 13 Investigates reports examine the way your money is spent and local governments are run.   His 'Turn to Ted' reports help consumers get what they pay for. Ted has called Houston home since 2001.  He and his wife Krista (a recovering journalist herself) have three daughters. You can follow Ted @tedabc13 on Twitter or Instagram.

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