2022 Symposium


Feb. 10, Investigative Journalism Symposium

CNN senior national correspondent Sara Sidner will deliver a keynote address at 5:45 p.m. in Presidents Hall in Franklin Hall at The Media School at Indiana University. Her remarks will wrap up an afternoon-long symposium featuring award-winning journalists from CNN, The New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, ESPN, the Invisible Institute and Gray Television.

Full schedule:

1:30 p.m.                    Welcome

  • Kathleen Johnston, Arnolt Center director

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.         Investigative Journalism in Sports

  • Marisa Kwiatkowski, USA Today
  • Steven Rich, The Washington Post
  • Tisha Thompson, ESPN
  • Moderator: Erica Henry, CNN

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.         Investigative Journalism in a Polarized World

  • Walt Bogdanich, New York Times
  • Ellen Glover, Built In
  • Tom Powell, NBC News Fort Wayne
  • Moderator: Gerry Lanosga, IU Media School

4:30—5:30 p.m.          Mixer in the Media School Commons

  • Meet Our Presenters and Arnolt Center Board Members

5:45—6:45 p.m.          Keynote

  • Sara Sidner, CNN

The panels and keynote address are free and open to all students, faculty, staff and the general public, but people are asked to preregister:

The symposium will also be live-streamed from the Arnolt Center’s Facebook page.

Indiana University and a Monroe County public health order require people wear masks indoors. People are encouraged to observe social distancing requirements while inside Franklin Hall.

The symposium is sponsored by the Scripps-Howard Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, the Hoosier State Press Association, the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation, the Indiana Citizen, Gannett, the Indiana Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and Hutton Honors College and held in partnership with the Bloomington Press Club, Gray TV, the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation, the Indiana Broadcasters Association, the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and The Media School at Indiana University.

Speaker bios:

Sara Sidner

Sara Sidner is a national correspondent for CNN. She began her career with CNN in India, where she headed coverage of South Asia. During her first year there, she reported live during the deadly terrorist attack in Mumbai. In the Middle East, Sidner was part of the team that won a Peabody for CNN’s coverage of the Arab Spring. Recently she helped lead CNN’s coverage of the protests after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, as well as the coronavirus outbreak.

Twitter: @sarasidnerCNN  Email: sara.sidner@turner.com


Walt Bogdanich

Walt Bogdanich joined The New York Times in January 2001 as investigative editor for the Business and Finance Desk. Since 2003, he has worked as an investigative reporter. He previously reported stories for “60 Minutes,” ABC News, and The Wall Street Journal in New York and Washington. Mr. Bogdanich graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1975 with a degree in political science. He received a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University in 1976. In 2008, Mr. Bogdanich won the Pulitzer Prize for “A Toxic Pipeline,” a series that tracked dangerous pharmaceutical ingredients flowing from China into the global market. He also won a Pulitzer in 2005 for “Death on the Tracks,” a series that examined the safety record of the United States railroad industry. He won his first Pulitzer in 1988 for a series in The Wall Street Journal on substandard medical laboratories.

Twitter: @waltbogdanich  Email: waltbog@nytimes.com


Ellen Glover

Ellen Glover is a Chicago-based journalist. Through her position at the Invisible Institute, an investigative reporting organization, her work has appeared in The Marshall Project, USA Today, the Chicago Reader, the Daily Beast and iHeartRadio, and has earned several awards including a Pulitzer Prize and a Scripps Howard award. Glover also works full-time as a tech and business reporter at a Chicago startup.

Twitter: @elleng_glover  Email: glover.elleng@gmail.com


Erica Henry

Erica Henry is the vice president, news for CNN/U.S. She oversees management of the newsgathering Southeast regional team covering and breaking news for CNN. Previously, she served as Southeast region newsgathering director, overseeing CNN’s Atlanta and Miami bureaus. She has contributed to CNN’s coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Georgia Senate race and the protests following the death of George Floyd. She currently serves on the executive committee for Black professionals at Turner and is a member of the United Way of Greater Atlanta African-American Partnership Cabinet.

Twitter: @ericahenry  Email: erica.henry@turner.com


Marisa Kwiatkowski

Marisa Kwiatkowski is an investigative reporter at USA TODAY. She previously worked for media outlets in Michigan, South Carolina and Indiana. Marisa’s work has spurred federal and state investigations, criminal charges, resignations and changes to federal law and state policy. She and her IndyStar colleagues earned IRE’s Tom Renner Award, as well as other national and state awards, for their investigation into USA Gymnastics’ handling of child sexual abuse allegations, including those against former doctor Larry Nassar. Marisa has earned more than 50 other journalism awards. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Grand Valley State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University.

Marisa can be reached at mkwiatko@usatoday.com or Twitter: @byMarisaK.


Gerry Lanosga

Gerry Lanosga, Ph.D., is an associate professor in The Media School at Indiana University. He teaches and researches in the areas of journalism practice, media law and journalism history. Previously, he had a 20-year career as a print and broadcast journalist in Indiana, covering government, writing a weekly column and producing investigative projects that won numerous national awards, including the George Foster Peabody award, Sigma Delta Chi’s national public service award and the Freedom of Information Medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Twitter: @GerryLanosga  Email: glanosga@indiana.edu


Thomas Powell




Steven Rich

Steven Rich is the database editor for the investigations unit at The Washington Post. He received his BA in Communication at Virginia Tech, BA in Communication, and his MA in Journalism at the University of Missouri. While at The Post, he has worked on investigations across virtually every beat, including stories on the National Security Agency, policing, tax liens, civil forfeiture, school shootings and college athletics. He won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2016 and public service in 2014.

Twitter: @dataeditor  Email: steven.rich@washpost.com


Tisha Thompson

Investigative and enterprise reporter at ESPN, appearing on E:60, Outside the Lines, SC Featured, SportsCenter, ABC’s Nightline and espn.com. Host of news specials and guest host for Outside the Lines. Contributor to ESPN the Magazine, espnW, ESPN FC and ESPN Deportes. Member of ESPN’s 2019 Peabody Award winning team for its work on “Spartan Secrets” and the winner of the 2019 national Gracie Award for Best Online Video Host for “Being Believed: A Conversation with Sister Survivors,” an ESPN special that also received the 2019 Gold Telly Award for Best Online Talk Show. Recipient of more than 100 awards and honors, including three other Gracie Awards, 24 regional Emmy Awards and 15 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, as well as the national Gerald Loeb Award for business reporting and SPJ’s national Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service journalism. Nominated for the 2018 Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting by the Center for Sports Communication & Media at the University of Texas for “I Just Wanted To Survive,” an investigation of the University of Rochester Football team that ranked #2 on Chartbeat’s “100 Most Engaging Stories of the Year” with more than 17.5 million minutes engaged.

Email: tisha.thompson@espn.com Twitter: @TishaESPN