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Saturday, March 24 • 3:30pm - 4:55pm
Truth, Fear and the Wilmington Water Crisis

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Since the Wilmington StarNews first reported in 2017 that Chemours had been pumping the industrial chemical GenX into our local water source, people in the Cape Fear region have been struggling to get clear answers about what happened, who’s responsible, what health risks we've been exposed to, and what the environmental consequences are. This interactive panel discussion will bring together journalists covering the story with activists seeking accountability to discuss how community members can help gather facts and evidence, and about how and why to center facts and evidence in the public conversation of this issue. We’ll invite attendees to share their own questions and concerns to encourage reporting that’s responsive community needs

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Dana Sargent

Cape Fear River Watch
Dana Sargent's academic experience includes a BA in journalism and an MS in environmental sciences and policy. She is the president of the board at Cape Fear River Watch where she also chairs the Advocacy Committee and where she is working as a contract employee on a clean water... Read More →
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Melanie Sill

Senior news consultant
Melanie Sill is an experienced news executive, change-maker and Pulitzer Prize-winning editor now working in North Carolina as a senior news consultant with a focus on innovation in public-interest journalism and local news sustainability. She was vice president for content and executive... Read More →
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Lisa Sorg

environmental reporter, NC Policy Watch
Lisa Sorg is an award-winning environmental investigative reporter with NC Policy Watch in Raleigh. A journalist for 24 years, Sorg has a keen interest not only in the environment, but also the social justice impacts of pollution and corporate malfeasance. She recently won two second-place... Read More →
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Adam Wagner

Adam Wagner is a reporter for StarNews, where he writes about the environment from a regional perspective. He has covered GenX and the Wilmington water crisis intensely since the story broke. He's also covered public safety, transportation and public health issues. A native of Pittsburgh... Read More →

Saturday March 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:55pm EDT
Room C