Key data for investigating universities (Sponsored by Lumina Foundation)

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Sandhya Kambhampati of Los Angeles Times; Anu Narayanswamy of The Washington Post; Todd Wallack of The Boston Globe; Mark Horvit of University of Missouri
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 5 at 9:00am
  • Location: International 2-3
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

*Moderated by Mark Horvit, IRE/NICAR

Colleges and universities have been the increasing focus of public scrutiny, from the value (and cost) of an education to questions of gender equity and issues of diversity and safety. Learn where to find data to examine campuses on your coverage area and how to mine it for stories.

Speaker Bios

  • MARK HORVIT is an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he teaches investigative reporting and is director of the school’s State Government Reporting Program. He previously served as executive director of IRE and NICAR. Horvit worked as a reporter and editor for 20 years before joining IRE.

  • Sandhya Kambhampati is a data reporter at the Los Angeles Times. Most recently, she worked at ProPublica Illinois, where she uses statistics to uncover structural issues and abuses. At ProPublica, she co-reported on the widespread inaccuracies in Cook County's property tax assessment system, which was a 2018 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Local Reporting. Before that, she was a Knight-Mozilla fellow at Correctiv and a database reporter at Chronicle of Higher Education. Twitter: @sandhya__k

  • Anu Narayanswamy is a data reporter on the Washington Post's political enterprise team covering money-in-politics and government accountability. @anu_narayan

  • Todd Wallack is an investigative reporter and data journalist on the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team. He has won national awards for his work on public records and been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize four times as part of small teams, including in 2018 for a series examining Boston's reputation for racism. Wallack was selected as a Nieman fellow for 2019-2020. @twallack

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