Developing an investigative mindset

  • Event: 2019 Boise Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Mary Hudetz of The Associated Press; Les Zaitz of Malheur Enterprise; Cynthia Sewell of Idaho Statesman
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Sep. 28 at 9:15am
  • Location: Osher Institute Lecture Room, Room 207
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Solid watchdog journalism isn't just for the I-team. Learn how investigative methods and tools can transform your reporting, whether they're quick turns or long-term enterprise pieces.

Speaker Bios

  • Mary Hudetz is an Associated Press reporter in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she writes about law enforcement and tribes. She has received multiple honors for her work, including a 2019 News Leaders Association award for AP's coverage of cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous women. A member of the Crow Tribe, Hudetz is a past president of the Native American Journalists Association. @marymhudetz

  • A Boise journalist for more than 20 years, Cynthia Sewell started her career as a reporter with Boise Weekly, working her way up to managing editor. She joined the Idaho Statesman in 2005. During her tenure with the Statesman, she has been named Idaho Press Club’s reporter of the year in 2007 and 2017 and she received the J. Robb Brady Award for Environmental Journalism in 2013. @CynthiaSewell

  • Two-time Pulitzer finalist Les Zaitz is editor and publisher of the Malheur Enterprise of Vale, Oregon. He has been a journalist for more than 45 years, including more than 25 years with The Oregonian, where he was senior investigative reporter before retiring in 2016. Since then, he has built a respected news team at the Enterprise that has won national, regional and state journalism awards. The Enterprise was the first weekly to be awarded IRE’s FOIA Award. @leszaitz

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