Keynote Speakers

“Denied Justice”

Brandon Stahl and MaryJo Webster

The Star Tribune’s in-depth report Denied Justice documented widespread failings in the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault in Minnesota. It has spurred a series of changes by police departments and county prosecutors throughout the state.

Project reporters MaryJo Webster and Brandon Stahl (now at KARE-11) will describe their work on the series. To produce it, a team of Star Tribune journalists reviewed more than 1,500 sexual-assault reports from law -enforcement agencies across Minnesota and analyzed how the cases were handled by police and prosecutors.

The series also presented firsthand video accounts from more than a dozen sexual-assault survivors.

Bills to change state law on sexual assault are pending at the Minnesota Legislature.

The series has won top honors in public-service journalism. It was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and has been honored by the national Society of Professional Journalists.