Watchdogging public spending

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Joanna Lin of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting; Mike Maciag of Governing Magazine; Cezary Podkul of The Wall Street Journal; Nicole Vap of KUSA/9News Denver
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 6 at 10:10am
  • Location: International 6-7
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

*Moderated by Nicole Vap, KUSA/9News Denver

Governments at all levels spend a lot of money. And politicians often talk about eliminating waste and fraud. In this session you will hear how journalists used data to "follow the money" to see whether it is being spent well. With topics ranging from public employee pay to municipal bonds, you'll get plenty of story ideas, tips and sources for doing your own data-driven "waste" investigations.

Speaker Bios

  • Joanna Lin (@joannalin) is a reporter at The Center for Investigative Reporting and its radio show, Reveal. She joined CIR's data team after learning to love (to) clean spreadsheets on the K-12 education and public health beats. Previously, she helped launch FairWarning, a nonprofit news site covering safety and health, and was a reporter at the Los Angeles Daily Journal and the Los Angeles Times.

  • Mike Maciag is the data editor for Governing magazine, a policy publication covering state and local governments. He specializes in enterprise reporting projects, along with analyzing economic and demographic data. He previously worked at the Erie Times-News, South Florida Sun Sentinel and other newspapers. @mmaciag

  • Cezary is a reporter on the financial investigations team at the Wall Street Journal, where he specializes in data-driven news stories focusing on finance. Prior to the Journal, Cezary worked at ProPublica, Reuters and the Washington Post. Cezary earned a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and worked briefly on Wall Street before turning to financial journalism in 2008. He tweets @Cezary.

  • Nicole Vap is the Director of Investigative Journalism at KUSA in Denver and with TEGNA. Nicole leads a team of award winning reporters and producers who investigate government corruption, questionable business practices, crime, and scams both in Denver and across the country. Nicole and her 9Wants to Know team have been recognized with an IRE Award in 2019, a Columbia duPont Silver Baton in 2011, and National Edward R. Murrow award and a Sigma Delta Chi in 2018.

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