Carnegie Mellon University

"Visual Investigations: Pioneering a New Form of Accountability Journalism"

with Christiaan Triebert

Thursday, January 27, 2022
5 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET

Please note that due to licensing restrictions on the images to be used in the presentation, we will not be recording this event.

Visual Investigations combine traditional reporting with digital sleuthing and the forensic analysis of visual evidence to find truth, hold the powerful to account, and deconstruct important news events. In his talk, Christiaan Triebert, a journalist on the Visual Investigations team at The New York Times, will share how his team exposed the Russian bombing of hospitals in Syria, identified the flawed ways in which the US military dismisses civilian casualties, revealed how Iran shot down a civilian airliner, investigated police brutality in the United States, and more.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for Informed Democracy and Social-cybersecurity (IDeaS).

About Christiaan Triebert

Christiaan Triebert is a journalist on the Visual Investigations team, which combines traditional reporting with open-source methods to break news and hold the powerful to account.

Mr. Triebert’s work at The Times include a series exposing the Russian bombing of hospitals in Syria, revealing how Iran shot down a civilian airliner, and investigations into police brutality in the United States. He co-produced Day of Rage, the most complete picture to date of what happened during the January 6 Capitol riot, and why. These and other stories have received a George Polk Award, two Overseas Press Club of America Awards, an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, a World Press Photo Award, and a Pulitzer Prize. 

Prior to joining The Times in 2019, Christiaan worked as a senior investigator and lead trainer at the investigative group Bellingcat. Training journalists in finding, verifying, and analyzing publicly available digital information, he worked in a range of countries in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America. In 2017, he won a European Press Prize Innovation Award for his reconstruction of the attempted military coup in Turkey using leaked WhatsApp messages and social media content. 

Christiaan started his journalism career as a freelance (photo)journalist, and reported from Ukraine and Iraq. Over the years, his work focused on international crime and conflict and appeared, amongst others, in Daily Beast, Foreign Policy, and the Al Jazeera Media Institute. He has also worked on verifying United States-led coalition airstrikes allegedly causing civilian harm in Iraq and Syria for the monitoring group Airwars.

Born in the Netherlands, Christiaan earned Bachelor's degrees in international relations as well as philosophy at the University of Groningen and his Master's degree in conflict, security, and development at King’s College London.