Three prominent national business journalists will explore the collapse of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and why top banking executives have not been held accountable for the financial crisis of 2008.
The discussions will take place in the Titan Student Union next week at Cal State Fullerton’s annual Communications week.
The guest speakers include David Evans, a Los Angeles-based senior writer at Bloomberg Markets magazine; Alison Fitzgerald, a senior reporter at The Center for Public Integrity, a Washington-based nonprofit group specializing in investigative journalism; and Dawn Kopecki, a Washington-based special projects reporter for Bloomberg News.
Evans’ storied career includes the 2011 Columbia Journalism School’s John Chancellor Award for lifetime achievement. He was a Pulitzer Award finalist in 2011 for “Duping the Families of Fallen Soldiers,” a story that exposed how MetLife, Prudential and other insurance companies concocted a scheme to withhold and profit from $28 billion in death benefits owed to families of service members, including soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Evans will discuss his experience in reporting the story and what the fallout has been.
Evans will also discuss his 2013 investigation of how respected national charities allow telemarketers to mislead donors in order to boost fundraising. The story earned Evans a Sigma Delta Chi award, adding another tribute to a career that includes six Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards, the George Polk Award and two Gerald Loeb Awards, all among the highest accolades in business journalism.