How to become a public records ninja

  • Event: 2019 Lexington Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Eleanor Klibanoff of Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting; James Pilcher of The Cincinnati Enquirer; Andrea Aikin of Kaplan Johnson Abate & Bird, LLP
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 5 at 9:15am
  • Location: Kincaid Auditorium - Univ. of Kentucky
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Learn how to use FOIA and state open-records laws to supercharge your reporting. Panelists will talk through the provisions of the laws, what you can get and what you can't, strategies for overcoming common roadblocks and techniques for building public records reporting into your daily routine.

Speaker Bios

  • Andrea Aikin is a commercial litigator with Kaplan Johnson Abate & Bird, LLP. She has experience representing journalists and media organizations in litigation over constitutional issues and open records disputes. Her firm represents the Kentucky Press Association and provides legal advice to KPA members through the KPA Freedom of Information Hotline.

  • Eleanor Klibanoff is a reporter with the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, part of Louisville Public Media. Before moving to Louisville, Klibanoff worked for Keystone Crossroads, a public radio collaboration in Pennsylvania, and was a Kroc fellow at NPR. A state cabinet once threw an ice cream party when they finished fulfilling her (somewhat extensive) records request. Twitter: @eklib

  • James Pilcher is an investigative reporter for the Cincinnati/Kentucky Enquirer and has been a practicing journalist for the past 25 years. He's won numerous journalism awards and was part of the reporting team at The Enquirer that won the 2018 Pulitzer for Local Reporting. James teaches investigative and data journalism as the Journalist in Residence for the University of Kentucky. @jamespilcher

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