Public Records Track: 50 records to request right now

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Marina Trahan Martinez of independent journalist; Paula Lavigne of ESPN
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Texas D
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Get your FOI templates ready to roll. In this quick-paced, lightning-round style session, two investigative reporters and public records geeks will cover their favorite, most unique, overlooked and under-appreciated records to request from all levels of government. They'll also give examples of how these records were used to produce stories in newsrooms around the country.

This session is sponsored by the TEGNA Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speaker Bios

  • Paula Lavigne has been an investigative reporter for ESPN since 2008, working for both digital and TV. She has a background in data journalism. Her work has been recognized with several awards including a Peabody, duPont and IRE's first sports investigation award. Prior to ESPN, she worked at newspapers in Dallas; Des Moines, Iowa; and Tacoma, Wash. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and Creighton University.   

  • For The Dallas Morning News Watchdog desk, Trahan Martinez investigated, reported and analyzed print, digital, and KXAS-TV content, appearing on-air weekly. She served local newspapers, the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, Latinx community initiatives and scholarship committees. She is a New York Times freelancer and working on a Dallas Black Lives Matter rally and shooting book. Trahan Martinez is a Journalism And Women Symposium board member. @HisGirlHildy

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