Starting from scratch

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Matt Apuzzo of The New York Times; Bethany Barnes of Tampa Bay Times; Katie Leslie of NBC4 Washington
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 10:15am
  • Location: Meyerland
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Whether it's a new investigation, a new beat or a new job, the choices we make early on can set us on the path to success — or ruin. This panel of three reporters who started from scratch this year will offer practical tips on changing gears or media, source-development and finding the story the more experienced reporters have missed.

Speaker Bios

  • Matt Apuzzo is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the New York Times. He is an international investigative reporter, based in Brussels. He previously spent more than a decade in Washington covering law enforcement and security matters. 

  • Bethany Barnes is a reporter on the investigations team at the Tampa Bay Times. She moved to Florida from Portland, Oregon, where she wrote about education for The Oregonian. Before that she wrote about prisons, courts and corruption in Las Vegas. She was named the nation’s best education beat reporter in 2018 by the Education Writers Association.

  • Katie Leslie joined NBC4's I-Team as an investigative producer after a nearly 15-year career in newspapers. She is a former congressional correspondent for The Dallas Morning News and reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she began in features writing before covering national news, Georgia politics and Atlanta City Hall. You can find Katie on Twitter @katieleslienews

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