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Covering Housing

A Workshop for Journalists


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Welcome remarks

Ann Marie Lipinski, curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard

Ianna Kachoris, senior program officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and manager of the How Housing Matters to Families and Communities research initiative

Keynote speaker

Shaun Donovan, former director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget under President Barack Obama and secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2009-2014, in conversation with Ann Marie Lipinski

Q&A with Shaun Donovan

Friday, March 17, 2017

Overview/Key Issues in Housing

Chris Herbert, managing director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

The View From Washington: Issues in the New Administration

  • Scott Keller, partner at Horne LLP, who served as a senior advisor to Donald Trump’s presidential transition team ‎and Dr. Ben Carson
  • Michael Stegman, fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Diane Yentel, president and CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition

Moderator: Chris Herbert

The View Beyond Washington: Perspectives from the State, Regional and Neighborhood Levels

  • Chris Krehmeyer, president and CEO, Beyond Housing
  • Nadeem Mazen, city councilor, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Aaron Gornstein, president and CEO, Preservation of Affordable Housing

Moderator: Erika Poethig, Institute Fellow and director of urban policy initiatives at The Urban Institute

How Housing Intersects with Other Beats

  • Dr. Megan Sandel, associate director of the GROW clinic at Boston Medical Center; principal investigator with Children’s Health Watch; associate professor of pediatrics at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health
  • Ingrid Gould Ellen, professor of urban policy and planning at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and faculty director of the NYU Furman Center
  • Kate Walz, director of the Housing Justice program, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Moderator: Chris Arnold, NPR correspondent

Housing Fundamentals: Finding Stories in Data

  • Skylar Olsen, senior economist, Zillow

Innovative Ways to Tell Housing Stories

  • Jake Blumgart, reporter, PlanPhilly
  • Laura Kusisto, reporter, The Wall Street Journal
  • Kriston Capps, staff writer, CityLab