2012 Drilling Deep Investigative Reporting Workshop: Toronto

SABEW Staff Report

PHOENIX, June 11, 2012Andy Hall, renowned reporter and architect of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, joined the cast of a July 19 workshop in Toronto developed by SABEW through special funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Hall led investigations at the Wisconsin State Journal and the Arizona Republic during an illustrious career.  He founded the Center in Madison, Wis., in 2009. The project focuses on government integrity and quality of life issues.

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jesse Eisinger of ProPublica was featured in the opening keynote session at the workshop, at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, one of four conducted this year through a SABEW grant from the Ethics and Ethics in Journalism Foundation.

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Click here to view the schedule.

The foundation, based in Oklahoma City, made a $25,000 award as part of a series of grants to 19 journalism organizations nationwide.

Eisinger and partner Jake Bernstein won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for a series of stories about Wall Street machinations that led to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Eisinger was joined by Chris Adams, who is part of the investigative team at McClathcy Newspapers in Washington, D.C.  In 2010, Adams was a finalist for a Pulitzer (with colleagues Kevin Hall and Greg Gordon) for work detailing aspects of that same fiscal meltdown.

A list of other speakers includes:
• John Christie and Naomi Schalit, principals of the investigative startup Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting.
• David Milstead, reporter at the Globe and Mail of Toronto.

Warren Watson, SABEW executive director, said the Foundation’s award will help SABEW develop the investigative reporting skills of dozens of its members and others. The grant will also initiate a plan to support investigative reporting projects at small to mid-sized media outlets.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us,” said Watson. “We will recruit experts to help us here, but also go to our members who have developed knowledge and expertise in investigative reporting.”

Watson said SABEW is developing partnerships with other organizations in the project.

Toronto Speakers:

Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica

Jesse Eisinger is a senior reporter at ProPublica.  He and partner Jake Bernstein last year won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for a series of stories about the Wall Street machinations that led to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

He also writes a bi­weekly column that appears at ProPublica and The New York Times Dealbook called “The Trade.” Jesse brings to ProPublica an outstanding record for investigative journalism, particularly on complex financial matters.

Eisinger was most recently the Wall Street editor of Conde Nast Portfolio, where he wrote a November 2007 cover story titled “Wall Street Requiem” in which he predicted the demise of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers. Before joining Portfolio, he worked at The Wall Street Journal where he was the founding writer of two market commentary columns, the weekly “Long & Short” and the daily “Ahead of the Tape.”  He played a leading role in exposing major fraud at Belgium-based Lernout & Hauspie.

During his tenure at the Journal’s European edition, Eisinger won an award from the London-based World Leadership Forum for his coverage of accounting irregularities at the Irish drug maker Elan Corp. Earlier in his career, he covered biotechnology and pharmaceuticals for TheStreet.com and Dow Jones Newswires.


Chris Adams, McClatchy Newspapers

Chris Adams joined the McClatchy investigative team in 2003.

His previous work for the Washington Bureau won several awards, including the National Press Club award for best Washington reporting, the NIHCM Foundation Annual Health Care Journalism Award, the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for best Washington reporting and the Society of Professional Journalists Award for best Washington reporting.

In 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize (with colleagues Greg Gordon and Kevin Hall) for detailing the double-dealing and lack of oversight that contributed to the nation’s financial meltdown. He also was a Pulitzer finalist in 1996 and 1999, and in 2000 was part of a six-person Wall Street Journal team that won the Pulitzer for coverage of military spending issues.

He also worked for The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune.

Adams is a graduate of Iowa State University and the University of New Orleans. He also teaches journalism at American University.


David Milstead, Globe and Mail

David Milstead writes “Vox,” a markets and investing column for the Globe and Mail, the national newspaper of Canada.

Milstead was finance editor of Denver’s Rocky Mountain News until it closed in 2009. He also briefly worked for The Wall Street Journal and publications in Ohio and his native South Carolina.

Milstead has individually or jointly, with his Rocky Mountain News colleagues, won nine Best In Business awards since 2002, including enterprise reporting on Qwest Communications, breaking news on Coors Brewing, column writing, and an investigation into the health of Colorado’s state pension. He’s a frequent speaker on financial topics at SABEW conferences and is currently the chair of the SABEW board’s finance committee.

Milstead, who is based in Denver, is a graduate of Oberlin College, having majored in economics and political science.


John Christie, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting

John Christie is the publisher and also the senior reporter for the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, an investigative startup. Christie is a media executive whose 40-year career includes work in four states as a writer, editor, general manager and publisher for newspapers owned by Tribune Co., Dow Jones and Co. and the Seattle Times Co.

In June, 2009, he retired after nine years as the president and publisher of Central Maine Newspapers, which publishes two daily papers, the Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel.

He has won numerous awards as a reporter and editor, including twice for best public service reporting in New England from the AP, and he was the primary editor at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel of two Pulitzer Prize finalists. He directed the Sun-Sentinel’s investigative team as deputy managing editor for news.

In 2008, a series Christie edited, “For I was Hungry,” about hunger in Maine, won a number of regional and national awards, including best editorial series from the national Society of Professional Journalists.

Christie was one of the first journalists to serve as a full-time training editor for a newspaper, a position that included coaching writers and editors on their craft and creating and running a news writing program for high school and college minority students.

He is also the editor of four books, including a bestselling book on Hurricane Andrew, which devastated South Florida in 1992. He has spoken on newspaper management and writing in the United States, Europe and South America.


Naomi Schalit, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting

Naomi is the executive director and senior reporter for the center. A graduate of Princeton University with a degree in religion and Near Eastern studies, Schalit attended the Graduate School of Journalism at University of California, Berkeley and began her career at the San Jose Mercury News. In the last two decades, she has written for magazines and

newspapers around the country, worked as a columnist for the Maine Times and for five years was a reporter and producer at Maine Public Radio. While at MPR, her reports were also featured on National Public Radio, Public Radio International and the CBC.

Schalit won many awards for her radio reporting, including one from Public Radio News Directors, Inc., or PRNDI, for her expose of an historic state conservation deal gone bad.

In April 2005, she joined the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel as Opinion page editor. In 2007, she won first place in the New England AP News Editors’ competition for editorial writing during 2006. She was the recipient of a 2007 Publick Occurrences Award from the New England

Newspaper Association, Honorable Mention in the Anna Quindlen Award for 2007, Runner-up in the 2007 Casey Journalism Awards and First Place for editorial writing in the 2007 National Sigma Delta Chi Awards, all for her investigative editorial series on hunger in Maine, “For I Was Hungry.”

She is married to John Christie.

Andy Hall, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Andy Hall is founder and executive director of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (www.WisconsinWatch.org), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that examines government integrity and quality-of-life issues. The award-winning Center collaborates with the University of Wisconsin-Madison journalism school and news media across the nation.

A former Investigative Reporters and Editors board member, Hall launched the Center in 2009 after a 26-year career as an investigative reporter at the Wisconsin State Journal and The Arizona Republic.


Warren Watson SABEW Executive DirectorWarren Watson, Seminar Organizer and Moderator

Warren, the executive director of SABEW, developed the “Drilling Deep” investigative reporting series, which brings IR workshops to Toronto, Oklahoma City, Tampa and San Francisco in 2012.

Warren spent 25 years as a newspaper reporter, editor and executive before moving into journalism education in 1998. He was vice president of the American Press Institute until 2004 when he became director of J-Ideas, a First Amendment institute at Indiana’s Ball State University.

Watson was a co-founder of the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism in 2003. He joined SABEW in August 2009.  He earned a master’s degree in journalism from Ball State in 2008.

The “Drilling Deep” programs are funded by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.


Ken McGuffin, Seminar Host, Rotman School of Management

Ken McGuffin is media relations officer at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.  Rotman is the host for this workshop.  McGuffin has long been associated with SABEW and its training and education programs.


About the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation

The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, based in Oklahoma City, was established in 1982 by Edith Kinney Gaylord. The Foundation’s mission is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information. The Foundation does so through contributions to media institutions and journalism schools nationwide, primarily in areas of youth education, professional development, ethics and investigative reporting.




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