New investigative centers: The university model

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Kathy Best of University of Maryland; Deborah Nelson of University of Maryland; Maud Beelman of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism; Kathleen Johnston of Indiana University; Sarah Cohen of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 10:15am
  • Location: David Mitzner
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Explore how you or your news organization might benefit from the growing number of investigative reporting centers based at major universities and led by award-winning journalists from IRE's ranks. Come hear their plans for teaching, doing and collaborating on projects. The panelists represent centers funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation at Arizona State and Maryland, and through a gift by alumnus Michael Arnolt at Indiana. 

Speaker Bios

  • Maud Beelman is the executive editor of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. She was U.S. Investigations Editor for The Associated Press and founding director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Her work has been honored with numerous awards, including the George Polk, IRE, SPJ, ONA and APME. She is an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow and serves on its board of directors. @maudbeelman

  • Sarah Cohen is the Knight professor of journalism at the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University. She previous worked as a reporter and editor for The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her awards include the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, the IRE medal, the RFK award and the Goldsmith award. Cohen is a past Knight Chair at Duke University and a reporter in Florida. She is a past president of IRE.

  • Founding director of the Arnolt Center for investigative journalism at Indiana University. Formerly longtime senior investigative producer at CNN in Atlanta and a similar role at CBS NEWS in DC. Prior to television producing, had a long career in newspapers. Multiple awards including IRE, national Emmy, Columbia DuPont, Peabodys, ,Murrows. Specializing in counter terrorism and homeland security ; congressional spending and breaking new events. 

  • @Newshawks is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter based at the University of Maryland, home of the new Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, where she helps train the next generation of diggers. Last year, she coauthored a Reuters series on slum-like conditions in military housing that spurred reforms and won several national awards, including a 2019 Hillman Prize and Sigma Delta Chi Award. She's a past  president of IRE.

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