2015 Conference Speaker- Madeleine Baran

Madeleine_Baran_Headshot.jpgMadeleine Baran is an investigative reporter at Minnesota Public Radio. In 2013, she exposed how the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis continued to cover-up abuse of children by priests despite decades of assurances that the Catholic Church was safe. Baran’s reporting received an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, considered the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. Baran received a master’s degree from New York University and has also reported extensively on mental illness and poverty. ​

Debunking a Myth: A Reporter’s Look Inside the Abuse Scandal

Reporter Madeleine Baran will talk about her groundbreaking investigation of clergy sex abuse in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Baran’s reporting for Minnesota Public Radio debunked the myth that the church had changed and also showed that key national Catholic figures had misled the public during the Boston scandal. Baran will share her experiences from inside the story and talk about the importance of challenging official narratives and holding the Catholic Church and other powerful institutions accountable.


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