How to use audio to break assumptions and create empathy

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Lindsey Smith of Michigan Radio; Kate Wells of Michigan Radio
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 3:45pm
  • Location: Texas F
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Michigan Radio and NPR’s podcast "Believed" moved beyond the headlines for an intimate look at how a detective, prosecutor and army of survivors brought down former U.S.A. Gymnastics doctor and serial sex offender, Larry Nassar. Learn how Kate Wells and Lindsey Smith investigated Nassar's assaults through the voices and experiences of his victims and their families to capture listeners and hit the number one spot on the iTunes chart. 

This session is sponsored by the Knight Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speaker Bios

  • Michigan Radio’s Investigative Reporter. Mom of two girls. Lover of The Great Lakes. Lindsey Smith teamed up with Kate Wells on “Believed,” a podcast exploring how former sports doctor Larry Nassar got away with child sexual abuse for decades. The podcast was awarded a Livingston Award and Peabody, two firsts for the station. Smith’s 2015 documentary, “Not Safe to Drink,” led Michigan Radio’s award-winning coverage of the Flint water crisis. @lzsmitty 

  • Kate's a reporter at Michigan Radio and the co-host of the Livingston Award-winning NPR podcast, Believed. @KateLouiseWells 


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