Immigration Track: Covering immigration issues far from the border

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Maria Perez of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Daniel Connolly of The Commercial Appeal; Andrew Lehren of NBC News
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 9:00am
  • Location: Texas D
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

When it comes to immigration coverage, border stories draw most of the attention. But important stories about immigrant communities and policies are playing out across the country, from workplace arrests, international custody fights and the health and safety of immigrants held in detention centers. Daniel Connolly, Andrew Lehren and Maria Perez help you find and tell these stories in your own community - even if you've never covered immigration before.

This session is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speaker Bios

  • Daniel Connolly has covered immigration for 15+ years and wrote a critically acclaimed narrative nonfiction work on Hispanic youth, “The Book of Isaias: A child of Hispanic immigrants seeks his own America.” He has also written extensively on the intersection between business and government and has collaborated with Pulitzer Prize-winning organizations including The Marshall Project and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. @DanielConnolly

  • Andy Lehren is senior editor for the NBC News investigative team. Previously at The New York Times. Led NBC’s work on the Implant Files collaboration. Mined the Snowden files. Probed Wikileaks diplomatic cables troves, including for the best-selling book “Open Secrets.” Covered the military, policing. terrorism, more. Honors include a Polk, Peabody, three IRE awards and contributing to a Pulitzer. Specializes in data journalism. Teaches  @cunyjschool. @lehrennbc

  • Maria Perez works for the investigative desk of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel focusing on immigrant communities and social services. Before that, she covered minority affairs for the Naples Daily News. Her investigation into Florida companies that profited from undocumented workers and reported them for prosecution after work injuries won a 2017 George Polk Award. She has reported on cosmetic surgery clinics that left patients, mostly minority women, injured or dead. 

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