Broadcast Track: Overcoming obstacles

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Chris Henao of KHOU-Houston; Scott Friedman of KXAS/NBC5 Dallas-Fort Worth; Diane Wilson of ABC11 WTVD; Scott Zamost of CNBC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 10:15am
  • Location: Texas H
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

How often do you hit the wall on an investigative project? Four veteran journalists share their expertise on what to do when the challenges seem overwhelming. Victim won’t talk? PR person thwarting efforts to get your subject to sit down? Can't get that one key piece of video or critical document? Your lawyers slowing down the process? Not a very visual story and need to find another way around? We’ll dive into how to overcome those obstacles and find the way to the finish line.

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

  • Scott Friedman is Senior Investigative Reporter at KXAS-TV the NBC network owned station in Dallas-Fort Worth Texas.  His investigations have been recognized with a Peabody Award, five national Edward R. Murrow Awards, an Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) award and a National News and Documentary Emmy for outstanding regional investigative report.

  • Chris Henao is the Assistant News Director at KHOU 11 News in Houston. Before moving into news management, Chris spent 16 years as an investigative journalist working at KNBC-TV, KHOU-TV and KCTV5-TV. His work has been honored with numerous national and regional awards, including the duPont-Columbia University, Peabody, IRE, SPJ, Polk, Murrow, Emmy, Casey Medal, Scripps Howard, and the University Of Missouri School Of Journalism’s Honor Medal. @Ch3na0     

  • Diane Wilson is the Troubleshooter/Consumer Investigative reporter with ABC11 in Raleigh/Durham, NC.  She has recovered more than $2 million dollars in money, goods, and services for viewers who have been ripped off. Diane’s investigative work has resulted in two national recalls, and she's been honored with two regional Emmy's.  One Emmy involved a series of reports that uncovered asbestos in kids makeup. @DWilsonABC11.

  • Scott Zamost is the senior investigative producer at CNBC. He oversees the investigative unit which produces long form pieces for CNBC, and Nightly Business Report. Prior to CNBC, Scott was a senior investigative producer at CNN, where he produced investigative stories and documentaries since 2008.  He has won more than 75 journalism awards, including two IRE awards. A former newspaper reporter, he has been an annual IRE speaker since 2002. @scottzamost

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