Finding the story: Disaster data (repeat)

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Susan Carroll of Houston Chronicle; Matt Dempsey of Houston Chronicle
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Jun. 16 at 11:30am
  • Location: River Oaks A
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Floods, fire, a shooting or an explosion have occurred in your area. We know a lot about that in Houston. We had major flooding three years in a row, chemical fires or explosions every six weeks and a school shooting last year. We'll show you how you can use data to find in-depth stories about the disaster in your community. 

This session is good for: those who are comfortable with Excel and relational database concepts.

Speaker Bios

  • Susan Carroll is a reporter on the Houston Chronicle’s investigative team. She writes about vulnerable people, the environment and the failures of governments big and small. @_SusanCarroll

  • Matt Dempsey is the data editor at the Houston Chronicle. He worked on projects involving wildfires, state pensions, and the chemical industry. His passion for public records frequently leads to disclosure of data from all levels of government. His series Chemical Breakdown won the 2016 IRE Innovation award and the National Press Foundation's "Feddie" award. His work was a key part of the Chronicle's 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist entry for Breaking News.

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