Public Records Track: Advanced techniques for getting documents from government agencies before you retire

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Christopher Baxter of Spotlight PA; Jason Leopold of BuzzFeed News; Kelsey Ryan of National Freedom of Information Coalition
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 10:15am
  • Location: Texas D
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Come learn how to file better requests, ask for documents others didn't know existed, file your own appeals and overcome the biggest hurdles that lead to delays and denials when investigating federal, state and local agencies. 

Speaker Bios

  • Christopher Baxter is the founding editor in chief of Spotlight PA, a statewide investigative newsroom based in Harrisburg, Pa., and in partnership with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Lancaster Media Group. Previously, Baxter was the editor for data and investigations at NJ Advance Media (The Star-Ledger & NJ.com). He has served various roles as an investigative reporter, mentor, coach and editor. Follow him on Twitter @cbaxter1.

  • Jason Leopold is an Emmy nominated investigative reporter on the BuzzFeed News investigations team and a member of the reporting team named a 2018 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting and the recipient of the Tom Renner award from Investigative Reporters and Editors for the same series. He is also a recipient of the IRE FOI award and was inducted into the National Freedom of Information Hall of Fame by the First Amendment Coalition and Newseum.

  • Kelsey Ryan is a freelance journalist and outreach manager for the National Freedom of Information Coalition. Previously, she worked at The Kansas City Star focusing on data-driven stories in the public interest. She was on The Star’s investigative team that was a 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist in Public Service for its series on government transparency in Kansas. Ryan began her career at The Joplin (Mo.) Globe and later worked at The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle.

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