Bernice Young

Investigative Reporting: Diving Deep

Sunday September 9th, 2:20pm

Investigative reporting is one of the most powerful tools in a citizen and journalists’ kit, as a means to protect individuals, dismantle abuses of power and corruption, and improve our institutions. In this workshop, Bernice Yeung will share her techniques and methods in diving deep, focusing on how to work with sensitive sources and drawing on her experiences as an investigative reporter at ProPublica and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, as well as her background in sociology and social sciences.

About Bernice Yeung

Bernice Yeung is a reporter for ProPublica who covers labor-related issues. Previously she was a reporter with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where work examined issues related to violence against women, labor and employment, immigration, and environmental health. 

While at The Center for Investigative Reporting, Yeung was part of the national Emmy-nominated Rape in the Fields reporting team, which investigated the sexual assault of immigrant farmworkers. The project won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. Yeung also was the lead reporter for the national Emmy-nominated Rape on the Night Shift team, which examined sexual violence against female janitors. That work won an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for investigative journalism, and the Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Those projects led to er first book in 2018, “In a Day's Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America's Most Vulnerable Workers.” 

A former staff writer for SF Weekly and editor at California Lawyer magazine, Yeung has had her work appear in a variety of media outlets, including The New York Times, The Seattle Times, The Guardian and PBS FRONTLINE. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master's degree from Fordham University, where she studied sociology with a focus on crime and justice. She was a 2015-16 Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan, where she explored ways journalists can use social science survey methods in their reporting.