Raising the roof: Investigating housing

  • Event: 2014 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Kate Berry of American Banker; Angela Caputo of APM Reports; Michael LaForgia of The New York Times; Nancy Amons of WSMV-Nashville
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 26 at 4:50pm
  • Location: Salon 4-6
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

*Moderated by Nancy Amons, WSMV-Nashville

Three journalists whose work demonstrates a deep understanding of housing reveal where to find golden nuggets of fact. From how slumlords grow rich off taxpayers to how banks bury important information in plain sight, this panel will provide solid advice on how-to cut through the clutter to efficiently get to the housing stories audiences will notice.

Speaker Bios

  • Nancy has been at WSMV in Nashville for more than 30 years. She  currently  specializes in quick-turn investigations. Her investigations in 2017 and 2018 resulted in seven felony convictions, including the imprisonment of a Tennessee judge and a Tennessee sheriff.  When Nancy is not at work she is usually  on the dance floor. 

  • Kate Berry is a reporter at American Banker. She has won five awards from the Society of American Business Writers and Editors. Berry has worked at a number of news organizations including the Associated Press, the Orange County Register and Dow Jones. She can be reached at kate.berry@sourcemedia.com.

  • Angela Caputo is an investigative reporter who joined the Chicago Tribune's staff in 2014. She is the recipient of the Salute to Excellence Award by the National Association of Black Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi and Peter Lisagor awards. Prior to, she covered urban affairs and education for The Chicago Reporter and the Daily Southtown. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2004 with a master's degree in journalism. @AngelaTCR


  • Michael LaForgia is a reporter on the investigations team at The New York Times. He has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting — in 2014 for exposing problems in a Florida homeless program and in 2016 for a series on a Florida school district's neglect of five schools in black neighborhoods. He joined the Times in 2017 after stints at the Tampa Bay Times and The Palm Beach Post.

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