Immigration Track: Covering immigration in the Trump era

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Aura Bogado of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting; Caitlin Dickerson of The New York Times; Lomi Kriel of Houston Chronicle
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 5:00pm
  • Location: Texas D
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Since President Trump took office promising to curb immigration, the beat has evolved at an overwhelming pace. With a barrage of daily stories coming down the pipeline, it can be hard to decide which ones merit deeper investigation. And reporting in the sprawling yet opaque federal immigration system often feels like digging around in a black hole.

A prime example is the administration’s zero tolerance policy, which resulted in thousands of parents and children being separated. Little information was shared even with those bureaucrats who were involved, and much of the process played out hidden from public view.

The New York Times’ Caitlin Dickerson, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Aura Bogado, and the Houston Chronicle’s Lomi Kriel discuss how they have navigated these challenges and offer advice on how to report effectively on tightly kept government secrets.

This session was planned in collaboration with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Speaker Bios

  • Aura Bogado is an investigative reporter for Reveal covering immigration. Her work largely focuses on asylum-seeking children and adolescents who are or have been held in federal custody by private contractors. She was previously the news editor for Colorlines and a writer for The Nation. She can be found on Twitter at @aurabogado. 

  • Caitlin Dickerson covers immigration for The New York Times, where she has broken news about family separations, asylum and detention policy. She is a frequent guest on the podcast The Daily and has reported for the television show The Weekly as well as The New York Times Magazine. She is a Peabody and Edward R. Murrow award winner and a two-time finalist for the Livingston award. Twitter.com/itscaitlinhd

  • Lomi Kriel, the immigration reporter at the Houston Chronicle, was the first to uncover the separation of migrant families at the border in November 2017. She frequently reports from the border and previously was based in Central America for Reuters & covered criminal justice for the San Antonio Express-News. She holds a master of arts in journalism from Columbia University & is a Texas Longhorn. Born and raised in South Africa, she speaks Spanish and Afrikaans. @lomikriel

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