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J Talk Episode 2: Kaylee Tornay

“Everyone has to choose for themselves whether they speak with us. … But you can’t force anyone to do that, and you just have to try to be fair and give them the opportunity, and if they decline it, you just want to make sure you’re not surprising them.”

On this episode of J Talk, hear from Investigate West investigative reporter Kaylee Tornay on her story about allegations against a Pacific Northwest telehealth CEO. We talked about strategies to manage and carefully comb for documents in big investigative stories, strategies for giving the accused a fair shake in the press, and what we do to handle the anxiety of making those high stakes phone call interviews.

J Talk is an interview series that seeks to inform and enlighten working journalists. It’s a project by the Western Washington chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Learn more about us at

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This episode was recorded June 8.

Resource mentioned: Documentcloud

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