Uncovering predatory and abusive housing practices

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Suzy Khimm of NBC News; Kae Petrin of St. Louis Public Radio; Jeff Kelly Lowenstein of Grand Valley State University
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 5:00pm
  • Location: Texas G
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Take your housing stories beyond real estate coverage. In this panel, we’ll offer tips on how to expose unscrupulous developers, life-threatening housing conditions and mortgage abuses that are harming families across the U.S. You’ll walk away with new tools for digging into public records to hold predatory businesses and negligent officials accountable, and for crafting compelling narratives about the human impact of malfeasance in the housing industry on the local and national level.

Speaker Bios

  • Jeff Kelly Lowenstein is an investigative journalist, author and an assistant professor of Journalism at Grand Valley State University.  He is the founder of the Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism, a non-profit organization that brings together investigative journalists, photographers and data scientists to conduct international investigations. A Fulbright Scholar, Specialist and Teacher, he has written or edited six books. @JeffKLO

  • Suzy Khimm is a national reporter for NBC News based in Washington DC, where she investigates federal agencies and their impact on ordinary people. She was previously a staff reporter at The Washington Post and a senior editor at The New Republic. Before coming to DC, she spent years reporting in Cambodia and Brazil. @SuzyKhimm

  • Kae Petrin covers transit, housing and miscellanea as a digital reporter for St. Louis Public Radio. They work across genres and mediums but spend much of their time with data analysis, public records and data visualization. Kae won the 2019 Missouri Broadcasters Association award for Convergent Media. They have a bachelor’s from Washington University in St. Louis and a programming certificate from LaunchCode. Follow them on Twitter @kmaepetrin

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