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Narrative Medicine Rounds: Border Lines—How Journalists Sorted Out Fact vs. Fiction in Issues about Children and Immigration

Date

Dec 05, 2018 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location

Alumni Auditorium, Columbia University Medical Center, 650 W. 168th St.

For our December Narrative Medicine Rounds, we welcome Michael Grabell, an investigative reporter for ProPublica, covering economic issues, labor, immigration and trade. He has reported on the ground from more than 35 states, as well as some of the remotest villages in Alaska and Guatemala. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and the New York Times and on NPR, Vice and CBS News. This year, his stories on retaliation against immigrant workers won the Aronson Award for social justice journalism.

Grabell will speak about the process reporters and journalists go through to delve into the truth of a breaking news story, specifically discussing how a reporting team at ProPublica approached the news about the treatment of children at the border, both the groups who were unaccompanied as well as those separated from parents, this past summer.

In 2016, he and NPR reporter Howard Berkes received a Gerald Loeb Award for business journalism and top honors from Investigative Reporters and Editors for their series on the dismantling of workers’ comp systems across the country. Grabell’s series on the growth of temp work and its impact on workplace safety helped spur new laws in California and Illinois. The series won the Barlett & Steele Award for investigative business journalism, the American Society of News Editors Award for reporting on diversity and an award from the Online News Association for innovation in investigative journalism.

He is the author of two books: a narrative history on President Obama’s attempts to revive the economy called Money Well Spent? and the poetry chapbook Macho Man, which won the Finishing Line Press competition in 2013. He is a graduate of Princeton University and started his journalism career writing obituaries for the Daily Record in Parsippany, N.J.

Note: Topher Sanders, who was originally scheduled to speak, has scheduling conflicts.

About Narrative Medicine Rounds
Narrative Medicine Rounds are monthly rounds on the first Wednesday of the month during the academic year hosted by the Division of Narrative Medicine in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics at Columbia University Medical Center. These events are free and open to the public.

Speakers

Michael Grabell, Investigative Reporter, ProPublica