Broadcast Track: Juggling GA & investigative

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Nicole Carr of WSB-Atlanta; Kyle Jones of WJCL 22; Mark Greenblatt of Scripps Washington Bureau; Letitia Walker of KATC-Lafayette
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 9:00am
  • Location: Texas H
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Learn how to balance being an investigative journalist who also needs to contribute daily to the news cycle. You can do both effectively! Hear from investigative reporters and a news director about the ways they ensure investigative pieces make it to air consistently and how to develop a culture where every reporter considers investigations a part of their beat. We'll discuss both quick-turn and larger investigation tactics, as well as the tools and strategies used to manage ourselves, record requests and story ideas.

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

Speaker Bios

  • Nicole Carr is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with WSB-TV in Atlanta. Carr joined WSB in 2016.She's responsible for long-form and daily investigative reporting. Her work has taken her to the USVI to examine a Georgia company's decision to destroy relief supplies in the wake of two hurricanes.Carr was the first journalist to interview family and enter the home of a GA NSA leaker,the first person charged under the Espionage Act by the Trump Administration. @NicoleCarrWSB

  • Mark Greenblatt is a 3-time Peabody award winner who’s work has led to widespread reforms, new local and federal laws and the federal indictment of a former V.A. chief. His work has earned the I.R.E. Medal, duPont-Columbia, Livingston, national Emmy for investigative, national Murrow and he has twice been named a finalist for Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize. Mark is a proud father and husband, brews his own beer, and he is the Fund For Investigative Journalism’s Treasurer.

  • Kyle Jones is an anchor and reporter for WJCL. Originally from Maryland, she started at WMDT in Salisbury as a producer and multi-media journalist. She went on to spend nearly four years at Hearst affiliate WMTW in Portland, Maine, where she worked on investigative stories around the state. She has a desire to get to the bottom of a story, dig deep into details, and offer a voice to those who may not otherwise have the chance to speak. @KyleWJCL 

  • Letitia Walker is the News Director for KATC, the ABC affiliate out of Lafayette, LA.  She’s held the position for eleven years, which she was promoted to after working in various positions at the television station, including producer, reporter, and editor.  She worked at several Louisiana TV stations, both in-front-of and behind- the-camera, after graduating from LSU in Baton Rouge with a degree in Mass Communications.  @LetitiaWalker

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