Covering your local pension plan

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Dec. 5, 2011 – 1 p.m. MST

The Pew Center on the States estimated in 2010 that there is at least a $1 trillion gap between what our 50 states are setting aside for public employees retirement benefits and how much those benefits will cost in their entirety in their entirety in the future. SABEW selected only a handful of journalists for its special three-day seminar held in June 2011, “Covering Public Pensions.” Here, though, any SABEW member can get tips on approaching how this vital issue affects his or her state and local area from some of the seminar’s top speakers.

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Related links:
List of public pension resources from NewsU
Nation Conference of State Legislatures: State Pension Reform in 2010 and 2011 (.PDF)
Barlett & Steele winner Craig Harris, on how his story took flight (.DOCX | .PDF)

David Milstead
(303) 800-6423

Craig Harris, senior reporter, The Arizona Republic
Ron Snell, senior fellow, National Council of State Legislatures

It took me three years and two dozen stories to really figure out how to tell if a public pension plan is healthy or not. Here are the tips and shortcuts to save you the time. Click here for the entire call’s notes.


David Milstead is a Denver-based freelancer who writes “Vox,” a markets and investing column for the Globe and Mail, the national newspaper of Canada. He was finance editor of Denver’s Rocky Mountain News until it closed in 2009. He worked briefly for The Wall Street Journal and publications in Ohio and his native South Carolina.
Craig Harris is a senior reporter for The Arizona Republic in Phoenix. A reporter for more than 20 years, he has worked at six daily newspapers. “Public Pensions: A Soaring Burden,” the eight-part series he reported in fall 2010, won Syracuse University’s Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting this year. The project was also a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award for large newspapers.
Ron Snell is a senior fellow at the National Conference of State Legislatures. He focuses on pensions and retirement issues. He has been a member of the NCSL staff since 1988 and has also worked on state tax and budget issues. He has published numerous articles and papers on state fiscal affairs, budget processes in state legislatures and state pensions and retirement policy.

Additional presentation information:

Reporting on Pensions: 2010-2011 state legislation

Contact the SABEW training committee:
Mary Jane Pardue
Associate Professor of Journalism,
Missouri State University
(417) 889-9438

SABEW - Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication,
Arizona State University

555 North Central Ave, Suite 406 E, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1248


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