Public records: Tips and tactics

  • Event: 2018 San Jose Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Jason Leopold of BuzzFeed News; Thomas Peele of Bay Area News Group
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Sep. 29 at 10:15am
  • Location: Morris Dailey Auditorium
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Learn tips for obtaining local, state and federal public records that produce powerful stories.

Speaker Bios

  • Jason Leopold is an Emmy nominated investigative reporter on the BuzzFeed News investigations team and a member of the reporting team named a 2018 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting and the recipient of the Tom Renner award from Investigative Reporters and Editors for the same series. He is also a recipient of the IRE FOI award and was inducted into the National Freedom of Information Hall of Fame by the First Amendment Coalition and Newseum.

  • Thomas Peele's a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter for the Bay Area News Group and lecturers at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and its Investigative Reporting Program. He's worked for newspapers for 35 years and is considered a leading journalistic authority on California's Public Records Act. His many honers include two IRE awards. Courage. He was a lead reporter on the Chauncey Bailey Project and author of the book Killing the Messenger.  

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