Extract the Facts? Digging up great stories using FOIA laws

A photo of the four speakers and moderator captured live at the "Extract the Facts" event.

You don’t need “Deep Throat” to expose government secrets and data. From police corruption to faked life on Mars, Big Pharma scandals to election suppression, top journalists from the New York Times, Newsday and Scientific American discuss how to report original news using Freedom of Information laws. At this all-star panel, you’ll learn tips, strategies and story-generating tactics on getting access to federal and New York public records.

This event took place on May 10 at New York University, and was held in partnership with the NYU Journalism Department. The moderator was Jessica SeigelNYU adjunct professor and the Deadline Club’s Vice President of Events.


  • Charles Seife, Scientific American contributor and NYU journalism professor, Big Pharma/FDA investigator
  • Mark Walker, New York Times, Pulitzer winner and Times FOIA coordinator
  • Matthew Leish, Esq., First Amendment lawyer repping Daily News and more
  • Sandra Peddie, Newsday, multi-award winner on police corruption

Watch the full event below or on the Deadline Club YouTube channel. For information on future events and more, follow us online at Deadlineclub.org.