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May 09, 2018

Peeling the Onion & Investigative Journalism
May 09, 2018
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
The Radisson Hotel Roseville
2540 North Cleveland Avenue
Roseville, MN 55113
https://www.radisson.com/roseville-hotel-mn-55113/mnroserd
May Quarterly Training Session

$30.00 TCCCFE May 2018 Quarterly Training-Member
$25.00 Earlybird rate before April 28

$40.00 TCCCFE May Quarterly Training Session-Nonmember
$35.00 Earlybird rate before April 28

Come join us for our next networking and training opportunity on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at The Radisson Hotel Roseville.  We're looking forward to exciting presentations from Dan Browning with Star Tribune and Paul McEnroe with 5 Eyewitness News.  Attendees of this quarterly training session will receive three hours of fraud related, non-NASBA CPE and MN POST credits (pending), and it also includes a full breakfast buffet.


 

Presenters

Dan Browning is a reporter on the Regional Reporting team at the Star Tribune, where he has worked since 1998.  He previously has covered medical research, federal courts and agencies, financial services, investigations and major enterprise.  He also has served as an assistant editor for news, assistant business editor, and computer-assisted reporting editor.  He previously has worked at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Arizona Daily Star, The Anchorage Times, The (Orange County, Calif.) Register and two southern California weeklies.

Dan has won awards from state and national journalism organizations for his investigations, and for stories on business, racial issues, public affairs, health, spot news and military affairs.  He has a master’s degree in International Journalism from the University of Southern California, a master’s in journalism with an emphasis on legal affairs from the University of Oregon at Eugene, and a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from California State University at Chico.  In his free time, Dan enjoys ballroom dancing, martial arts and photography.  He and his late wife have two adult children.

Session 1: Peeling the Onion

Forensic accountants and private investigators have access to company documents.  Criminal investigators have subpoena power that can penetrate private bank accounts and correspondence.  Journalists, by contrast, have little more than their faith in humanity.  Much of what we do relies on whistleblowers.  Generally, our investigations start with a tip from an insider or someone holding a grudge.  We don’t much care, though we will investigate the source of the information just as aggressively as we investigate the tip they’re giving us.  We’re looking for documentary evidence and credible human sources.

I will walk through two investigations I’ve done that resulted in numerous federal felony convictions.  The first was an analysis of property flipping for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  The second, for the Star Tribune, led me to the second largest Ponzi scheme in Minnesota history.  Both investigations relied on a principal of magic: If you see someone perform a trick, don’t try to figure out how they did it.  Figure out how you would do it.  I will discuss the human sources, documentary sources, sleuthing techniques and how I overcame the trepidation of my bosses to get the work published. I also will talk about the risks involved, including the risk of hubris.

Paul McEnroe joined 5 Eyewitness News in October, 2015 as Executive Producer for Investigations and Special Projects.  Prior to that, Paul worked as a reporter at the Minneapolis Star Tribune starting in 1980.  While at the newspaper, he spent more than 25 years working as an investigative reporter and specialized in coverage of social justice issues, maltreatment of the voiceless and vulnerable, federal law enforcement, drugs, gangs, uncovering corruption and, most recently, coverage of terrorism.  He’s been working as a journalist for nearly 40 years.

Paul is nationally recognized for his deep body of work.  He is the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Grand Prize for Reporting on the Disadvantaged and has received awards from the Investigative Reporting & Editors Organization (IRE) and the Society of Professional Journalists (the Bronze Medallion-Investigative Reporting).  His reporting on corporate corruption resulted in receiving a Gerald Loeb Award for outstanding coverage of business journalism.  He was honored by The American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) for in-depth writing under deadline pressure from the war zone in Kuwait.  His other stories include his exploration of police corruption in Minneapolis (“The Informant”),  investigations into the I­-35 bridge collapse, Paul Wellstone’s plane crash and the money machine run by Hmong Gen. Vang Pao.

Session 2: Investigative Journalism

Investigative journalism boils down to holding those in power accountable and providing a public service.  You can go shallow and offer up noise that pretends to be news—or you can go deep with smart people and uncover facts otherwise withheld from the public by the powers that be.  At a time when there is a lot of noise along the bandwidth and a lot of rhetoric printed as truth, hard-hitting, investigative stories are more important than ever.  Paul will discuss how he approaches the stories he investigates, the tools and techniques he uses to obtain information, and what goes into the stories he reports.


Registration cutoff for this meeting is 11:59:59pm on 05/04/18 and early registration expires at 11:59:59pm on 04/27/18Also, please hold the date for upcoming Annual All-Day Training Session on Wednesday, 06/13/18, at The Radisson Hotel Roseville.  More detalis coming soon!  The Board of Directors will hold their quarterly meeting immediately following the conclusion of this training session at 11:00am.

Future Meetings

May 09, 2018

Peeling the Onion & Investigative Journalism

May 09, 2018
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM

The Radisson Hotel Roseville
2540 North Cleveland Avenue
Roseville, MN 55113
https://www.radisson.com/roseville-hotel-mn-55113/mnroserd

May Quarterly Training Session