Unearthing secrets: How to scrub any candidate or public official

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Steve Eder of The New York Times; Lindsay Wise of McClatchy; Lulu Ramadan of The Palm Beach Post; Rosalind Helderman of The Washington Post
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 4:15pm
  • Location: Texas H
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Whether you are vetting a president, Supreme Court justice, or mayor, we'll give you all the tools you need to unearth the secrets of public officials and candidates. Using public records and master source-building, we'll explain how to expose conflicts of interests, untangle financial connections, and reveal problematic relationships.

Speaker Bios

  • Steve Eder reports on the government under President Trump, as well as his personal businesses. He covered the 2016 campaign, and earlier, he investigated a range of topics, such as baseball doping, hedge funds, and spouses spying on each other. He previously reported for WSJ, Reuters, and The Toledo Blade. He was part of the New York Times team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for investigating sexual harassment in 2018. @steveeder

  • Rosalind S. Helderman is an investigative reporter for the national political staff of The Washington Post. A reporter for the Post since 2001, she has helped cover two presidential elections, the U.S. Congress, and local news in both Virginia and Maryland. She was part of a team awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for coverage of Donald Trump and Russia and is a two-time recipient of the Polk Award.

  • Lulu Ramadan is a reporter at The Palm Beach Post who covers government and politics in southern Palm Beach County. She was one of the lead reporters on The Post's "Locked Out" investigation into Florida's system for restoring voting rights to felons. Her coverage of the Boca Raton mayor's business ties to a major developer was cited in the state attorney's investigation that led to the mayor's criminal charges in 2018.

  • Lindsay Wise is an investigative / enterprise reporter for McClatchy’s Washington Bureau. Previously, Lindsay worked for six years as the Washington correspondent for McClatchy’s Kansas City Star. Before joining McClatchy in 2012, she worked as a reporter at the Houston Chronicle, where she specialized in coverage of veterans and military issues as well as the city’s Arab and Muslim communities. @lindsaywise

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