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 at ProPublica, where he specializes in telling data-driven news stories focusing on finance. 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 is a board member of the New York Financial Writers Association and a 2011 alumnus of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia Journalism School. @Cezary.

  • Nicole Vap is director of investigative journalism for KUSA-TV and TEGNA. Her team has won multiple awards including the IRE Award, Sigma Delta Chi, National Edward R. Murrow award and the duPont-Columbia baton. Nicole lives in Denver with her husband, Drew, two daughters, and dog Trixie. @nicolevap

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