The conference will feature the work and research done by the 2014-15 O’Brien Fellows and associated graduate and undergraduate Marquette students.
Brandon Loomis of The Arizona Republic used his fellowship to focus on whether Arizona and the Southwest will continue to lead the nation in growth as the Colorado River dries. Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigated how lung-destroying chemicals are harming coffee industry workers and are present in e-cigarettes. Marjorie Valbrun, an independent journalist reporting for The Washington Post, concentrated on welfare reform, particularly with respect to whether governmental policies of the 1990s helped to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and dependency.
This year’s conference aims to convene people affected by or responsible for the systems and policies related to these vital public matters in an attempt to consider implications and or solutions.
Each conference session is open to the public and will be held in Sensenbrenner Hall’s Eisenberg Room.
For more information, contact Herbert Lowe, director of the O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism, at (414) 288-4068.