SHOWCASE: Investigating Trumpworld: Documents, data, sourcing and tactics to uncover secret business practices

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Andrea Bernstein of WNYC - New York Public Radio; Susanne Craig of The New York Times; David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post; David Cay Johnston of DCReport; Michael Rothfeld of The Wall Street Journal; Pierre Thomas of ABC News
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 5:00pm
  • Location: Texas D
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

What can investigative journalists anywhere learn and apply in their own work from the award-winning coverage of the Trump Organization, Trump Foundation and related businesses? In this fast-paced Showcase Panel, hear behind-the-scenes stories and advice from journalists who've broken some of the biggest investigations during the Trump Administration. What documents and data can help you investigate wealthy people and businesses in your own communities? How can you develop sources who will help you navigate through sticky financial wickets? And how do you deal effectively with pushback and attacks on your work from powerful people?

Speaker Bios

  • Andrea Bernstein, co-host of the Trump, Inc. podcast from WNYC and ProPublica, has covered corruption, politics and government for over 20 years. She is the winner of over fifty journalism awards including the duPont-Columbia, Peabody, and IRE awards, and was a JSK fellow at Stanford. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times. She taught journalism, most recently as the Jack Newfield Professor of Investigative Journalism at Hunter College @AndreaWNYC

  • Susanne Craig is an investigative reporter at The New York Times. She covers President Donald Trump and his finances. She was the reporter who in 2016 was mailed pages of Mr. Trump's 1995 tax returns and was one of the authors of the investigation The Times published in 2018 that examined the origins of Donald Trump's wealth. Previously, Craig was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal. She has also worked at The Globe and Mail in Canada. 

  • Fahrenthold is a reporter on The Post's national desk, covering the Trump Organization and President Trump's conflicts of interest. He won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his coverage of Donald Trump -- in which he combined crowdsourcing with old-school reporting to illuminate the truth about Trump's charitable giving (or lack thereof). He has been at the Post since 2000. You can find him on Twitter at @fahrenthold.

  • DCReport co-founder, Trump biographer and bestselling author teaching at Syracuse Law since 2009. Former IRE president; IRE medal for 2003 book Perfectly Legal. 2001 Pulitzer. NYT, LAT, Philly Inquirer, Detroit Free Press, SJ Mercury 1968-2008. Columnist Reuters, CJR, Tax Notes,Al Jazeera America, 2008-2016. Father of eight, grandfather of five. From Santa Cruz, Calif., living in Rochester NY since 1993. @DavidCayJ

  • Michael Rothfeld is an investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal, based in New York. Previously, he has worked on the paper’s financial investigations team and in its law bureau. Michael has reported on topics including Donald Trump’s candidacy and presidency, criminal insider-trading and Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. Prior to the Journal, Michael reported for the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

  • Pierre Thomas is the Chief Justice Correspondent for ABC News. Thomas was named the recipient of the RTDNA 2015 John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award, which is named after the organization's founder and first president and honors contributions to journalism and freedom of the press, and acted as host of the RTDNA’s First Amendment Awards in 2016 and 2019. In 2012 Thomas was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.

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