Digging into public records

  • Event: 2019 New Orleans Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Dan Zimmerman of Phelps Dunbar LLP; Cindy Galli of ABC News; Lauren McGaughy of The Dallas Morning News
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Aug. 29 at 10:30am
  • Location: Poydras, Third Floor
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Hear practical advice and strategies for crafting public records requests, tracking them and holding officials’ feet to the fire. Includes strategies for dealing with excuses and obstacles from public officials who stand in your way of getting key documents and data.

Speaker Bios

  • Cindy Galli is Chief of Investigative Projects for ABC News in New York. She oversees a team of award-winning network correspondents and producers specializing in longform investigations. Cindy serves on the board of directors for Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), where she has been a member since 1994. A longtime investigative producer, her work has garnered regional and national awards over 25 years of reporting. Bay Area native and UC Berkeley alum. Go Bears!

  • Lauren McGaughy is an investigative reporter for The Dallas Morning News working in its state Capitol bureau in Austin, Texas. She has covered Texas politics and policy for six years, focusing on everything from education and gun laws to criminal justice and issues pertinent to the LGBTQ community. She previously worked for The Houston Chronicle and New Orleans Times-Picayune. She loves cats and comic books and cooks a mean steak. She's on Twitter @lmcgaughy.

  • Mr. Zimmerman is a staff attorney at Phelps Dunbar in New Orleans, specialzing in media law, first amendment litigation and intellectual property law.  He has successfully litigated on behalf of media clients to obtain the calendar that helped lead to the conviction of former New Orleans Mayor Nagin on corruption charges and the autopsy reports of Katrina victims at Memorial/Baptist hospital.  On the IP side, his has represented Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Beyoncé. 

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