New investigative centers: The university model

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Kathy Best of University of Maryland; Deborah Nelson of University of Maryland; Maud Beelman of The Howard Center for Investigative Reporting; Kathleen Johnston of Indiana University - Bloomington; Sarah Cohen of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 10:15am
  • Location: David Mitzner
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Explore how you or your news organization might benefit from the growing number of investigative reporting centers based at major universities and led by award-winning journalists from IRE's ranks. Come hear their plans for teaching, doing and collaborating on projects. The panelists represent centers funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation at Arizona State and Maryland, and through a gift by alumnus Michael Arnolt at Indiana. 

Speaker Bios

  • Maud Beelman is the executive editor of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. She was U.S. Investigations Editor for The Associated Press and founding director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Her work has been honored with numerous awards, including the George Polk, IRE, SPJ, ONA and APME. She is an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow and serves on its board of directors. @maudbeelman

  • Sarah Cohen is the Knight Chair in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School at ASU. Previously, she worked as the editor of a data reporting team at The New York Times focused on long-term enterprise and investigative stories, and as a database editor for The Washington Post. Her awards include the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting, the Goldsmith Prize and the IRE medal. She is a past president of IRE, and served on the board for eight years.

  • Founding director of the Arnolt Center for investigative journalism at Indiana University. Formerly longtime senior investigative producer at CNN in Atlanta and a similar role at CBS NEWS in DC. Prior to television producing, had a long career in newspapers. Multiple awards including IRE, national Emmy, Columbia DuPont, Peabodys, ,Murrows. Specializing in counter terrorism and homeland security ; congressional spending and breaking new events. 

  • Deborah Nelson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist based at University of Maryland, home of the new Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. Recent student projects examined jail suicides with the AP, urban heat islands with NPR and juvenile lifers with PBS NewsHour. Nelson co-authored a series for Reuters on military base housing that won top honors from SPJ, NPC and WHCA last year. She previously worked at the Washington Post, LA Times and Seattle Times.

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