Spiked! When media managers can't handle the truth

  • Event: 2014 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Walt Bogdanich of The New York Times; Frank Koughan of Left/Right Documentaries; Martin Koughan of independent journalist; Charles Lewis of Investigative Reporting Workshop
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 28 at 10:50am
  • Location: Salon 10-11
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

*Moderated by Charles Lewis, Investigative Reporting Workshop

Internal media censorship has always been the bane of investigative reporters' existence everywhere and this problem has certainly not improved in the past 20 years. Four veterans will recount their own close encounters of the worst kind, their stories being spiked, and explore the broader implications of this occupational hazard.

Speaker Bios

  • Walt Bogdanich joined The New York Times in January 2001 as an investigative editor. Since 2003, he has worked as an investigative reporter. He previously produced stories for “60 Minutes,” and ABC News. He also reported for The Wall Street Journal in New York and Washington. He is a 3-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and author of the “Great White Lie,” an examination of hospital care in America.

  • Frank Koughan is a documentary producer and writer for Left/Right, a television and film company. He has produced for CBS News 60 Minutes, PBS Frontline, Bill Moyers and HDNet's Dan Rather Reports and won two Emmy Awards, a Columbia DuPont Award, a George Polk Award and a Loeb Award. He lives in Mexico.

  • Marty Koughan is a four-time Emmy Award winning writer/producer/director whose television credits include primetime productions for CBS News, National Geographic Television, Bill Moyers Public Affairs Television, CNN, Turner Broadcasting, PBS Frontline, ABC News, A&E and Fox Television.

  • Charles Lewis is a professor and founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University in Washington. A former producer for ABC News and CBS News 60 Minutes, he founded two Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit news organizations, the Center for Public Integrity and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The author or co-author of six books, he was awarded the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence in 2018. 

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