Digging into public records

  • Event: 2019 New Orleans Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Dan Zimmerman of Phelps Dunbar LLP; Cindy Galli of ABC News; Lauren McGaughy of The Dallas Morning News
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Aug. 29 at 10:30am
  • Location: See printed schedule for room information
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Hear practical advice and strategies for crafting public records requests, tracking them and holding officials’ feet to the fire. Includes strategies for dealing with excuses and obstacles from public officials who stand in your way of getting key documents and data.

Speaker Bios

  • Cindy Galli is Chief of Investigative Projects for ABC News in New York. Galli oversees a team of network correspondents and producers specializing in investigations ranging from government fraud and waste to consumer issues. She also heads up collaborative investigative projects between ABC News and network affiliates around the country. A member of IRE since 1994, her work has garnered regional and national awards over 25 years of reporting. On Twitter: @mustangalli 

  • Lauren McGaughy is a state politics reporter for The Dallas Morning News in Austin. She covers the Texas Legislature, courts and state agencies, with a focus on criminal justice and LGBTQ rights issues. She previously worked for The Houston Chronicle and The Times-Picayune, covering state politics at both papers. She’s a graduate of Georgetown University and UCLA, where she studied U.S.-Sino relations and Islamic Studies. She likes comic books and cats. @lmcgaughy

  • Mr. Zimmerman is a staff attorney at Phelps Dunbar in New Orleans, specialzing in media law, first amendment litigation and intellectual property law.  He has successfully litigated on behalf of media clients to obtain the calendar that helped lead to the conviction of former New Orleans Mayor Nagin on corruption charges and the autopsy reports of Katrina victims at Memorial/Baptist hospital.  On the IP side, his has represented Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Beyoncé. 

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