Former New York Times executive editor to headline 2024 Arnolt Center symposium

BLOOMINGTON – A former top editor at The New York Times and prize-winning journalist will headline the Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism Symposium on Feb. 29.

Former New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet will deliver the keynote address at 6 p.m. in Presidents Hall. His speech will conclude an afternoon-long symposium featuring award-winning journalists from WRTV, WBEZ, The Washington Post, ABC News, ESPN, Sports Business Journal, Axios, and The Wall Street Journal.

Photo of Dean Baquet, former executive editor of The New York Times.

Dean Baquet Photo by Todd Heisler/The New York Times.

Baquet now leads The Times Local Investigations Fellowship program that gives journalists the opportunity to produce signature investigative work focused on their state or region that will be published by The Times and made available for free for co-publication by local newsrooms.

He previously served as executive editor for The New York Times from May 2014 until June 2022. During Baquet’s tenure as executive editor, The Times had significant audience and subscriber growth and won 18 Pulitzer Prizes, including two for public service. The Times reaches 100 million readers each month and had 6.7 million subscriptions to its print and digital news products as of the end of 2021.

The afternoon panels will include:

1:15- 2:30 p.m. Keeping it local: Reporting and Editing Community Investigations

  • Kara Kenney, WRTV
  • Delano Massey, Axios
  • Dan Mihalopoulos, WBEZ
  • Moderator: Jason Peifer, Indiana University

2:45 p.m.- 4 p.m.  Accountability in Sports: Uncovering Abuse and Misconduct

  • Rachel Axon, Sports Business Journal
  • Molly Hensley-Clancy, Washington Post
  • Dan Murphy, ESPN
  • Moderator: Mike Wells, Indiana University

4:15- 5:30 p.m. Investigating for the Eye: Data and Visual Storytelling

  • James Benedict, Wall Street Journal
  • Mark Nichols, ABC
  • Sarah Cahlan, Washington Post
  • Moderator: Sara Sidner, CNN

The panels and keynote address are free and open to all students, faculty, staff, Indiana journalists and the general public, but attendees are asked to preregister.

Full program details and speakers’ biographies are available on the Arnolt Center’s website.

The nonprofit, nonpartisan Arnolt Center conducts multimedia investigative reporting on issues of importance to the residents of Indiana, including matters that reach beyond the state’s borders. The center’s work is available at no cost to local, regional and national news outlets and seeks to supplement their reporting at a time when many are losing newsroom staff.

Initially funded by a $6 million gift from alumnus Michael Arnolt, the center is editorially independent from Indiana University and The Media School.