Voter registration story brainstorm

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Matt Dempsey of Houston Chronicle; Eric Sagara of Big Local News
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 10:15am
  • Location: Montgomery B
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

The 2020 elections are coming up and it's past time to start planning. Join moderators Eric Sagara from Big Local News and Matt Dempsey from the Houston Chronicle as we discuss the reporting threads and challenges found in voter registration data. 

Speaker Bios

  • Matt Dempsey is the data editor at the Houston Chronicle. He worked on projects involving wildfires, state pensions, and the chemical industry. His passion for public records frequently leads to disclosure of data from all levels of government. His series Chemical Breakdown won the 2016 IRE Innovation award and the National Press Foundation’s “Feddie” award. His work was a key part of the Chronicle’s Pulitzer Prize finalist entry for Breaking News. 

  • Eric is a Senior Data Reporter for Big Local News at Stanford University. Before that he was on the data team at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. He also has been a News Applications Fellow at ProPublica and a data reporter at the Newark Star Ledger. 

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