IRE Panel: Investigating in the Wake of Disaster

June 16, 2016
5:00 pm
New Orleans Marriott, Galerie 3
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA, 70130, United States
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At the 2016 Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference in New Orleans, the Dart Center will sponsor a panel on investigating in the aftermath of disasters.


Bruce Shapiro is executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, based at Columbia Journalism School. He is editor of Shaking the Foundations: 200 Years of Investigative Journalism in America. @dartcenter

In 1992 Jason Berry published a landmark book on clergy sex abuse, "Lead Us Not Into Temptation." His 2004 book with Gerald Renner "Vows of Silence" probed Pope John Paul's shielding of a notorious predator, Father Maciel. He produced an award-winning 2008 documentary based on the book. His 2011 investigation of church finances, "Render unto Rome," won IRE's Best Book Award. He lives in New Orleans and writes for many outlets.

Justin Elliott has been a reporter with ProPublica since 2012, where he has covered money in politics, the NSA, and the American Red Cross. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia Journalism School. Elliott was previously a reporter at Salon and Talking Points Memo. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and classics from Brown University. @JustinElliott

Laura Sullivan is a NPR News investigative correspondent whose work has cast a light on some of the country's most disadvantaged people. Sullivan is one of NPR's most decorated journalists, with three Peabody Awards and two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Batons. She joined NPR in 2004 as a correspondent on the National Desk covering criminal justice and moved to the investigations unit when it was created in 2007.

Rick Young is an investigative producer working with FRONTLINE since the early 90’s. In 2009, he launched a partnership between FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University. The venture’s most recent documentary, “Business of Disaster,” was a multi-platform collaboration with NPR. He was a JSK Journalism Fellow at Stanford in 2007. Before turning to journalism, he spent six years as an investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives.