Uncovering predatory and abusive housing practices

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Suzy Khimm of NBC News; Kae Petrin of St. Louis Public Radio; Jeff Kelly Lowenstein of Grand Valley State University
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 5:00pm
  • Location: Texas G
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Take your housing stories beyond real estate coverage. In this panel, we’ll offer tips on how to expose unscrupulous developers, life-threatening housing conditions and mortgage abuses that are harming families across the U.S. You’ll walk away with new tools for digging into public records to hold predatory businesses and negligent officials accountable, and for crafting compelling narratives about the human impact of malfeasance in the housing industry on the local and national level.

Speaker Bios

  • @JeffKLOJeff Kelly Lowenstein is an investigative journalist, author and an assistant professor of Journalism at Grand Valley State University.  His work has earned recognition from organizations like IRE, NABJ, the National Press Club, the National Headliner Club, and NABJ.  Jeff has participated in fellowships about racial justice, the environment, health, business and trauma.  A Fulbright Scholar, Specialist and Teacher, he has written or edited six books. 

  • Suzy Khimm is a national reporter for NBC News based in Washington DC, where she investigates federal agencies and their impact on ordinary people. She was previously a staff reporter at The Washington Post and a senior editor at The New Republic. Before coming to DC, she spent years reporting in Cambodia and Brazil. @SuzyKhimm

  • Kae Petrin covers public transportation, housing and general assignment news as a digital reporter for St. Louis Public Radio. They write for web and radio, and also find and analyze data to produce graphics. Kae has written investigative stories on landlords, development deals and public datasets. Previously, Kae worked for St. Louis Magazine. They have a degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a coding certification from LaunchCode.

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