Monthly Archives: March 2014

What we knew, when we knew it

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Newseum in Washington, who asked questions, who bought books, and who waited in line during the signing. Thanks, too, to David Lawrence for these great photos.  The audio portion of our appearance is available in a 40-minute podcast here. For those in the Philly area, on Friday 4/4 we’ll be at the Barnes & Noble in Plymouth Meeting in the evening. For details, check the Calendar page. 

Inside Media host John Maynard (left) asks Wendy Ruderman (center) and Barbara Laker (right) a question during a discussion of "Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love" at the Newseum on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Inside Media host John Maynard (left) asks Wendy Ruderman (center) and Barbara Laker a question during a discussion of “Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love” at the Newseum on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

 

Saturday: The Newseum in Washington

Saturday (3/29) we’ll be back in Washington, D.C., to talk about “Busted” at the Newseum, a place that celebrates investigative reporting in a big way.  We’ll be at the Knight TV Studio

Here's what the Knight TV Studio looks like.  Photo from newseum.org.

Here’s what the Knight TV Studio looks like. Photo from newseum.org.

inside the museum and we hope we get a horde of afternoon museum-goers to hear our first-hand accounts of what led to the Tainted Justice series.  Details of Newseum, with admission info and description here. 

On the air at WESA in PGH

WESA logoWe’re multitasking in Pittsburgh today, with two sessions at Park Point University and an interview on WESA radio, an NPR station. Paul Guggenheimer interviewed us on Essential Pittsburgh, a WESA program airing twice today, at noon and 8 p.m.  But if that’s not convenient, you can hear the interview here.  Listen to Paul ask how our investigation got started as a duo: “It’s almost like a Woodward and Bernstein scenario and Watergate has fallen into your lap.”

 

Two “shows” today in Pittsburgh

From the Point Park News Service, School of Communication, Point Park University, Pittsburgh.

From the Point Park News Service, School of Communication, Point Park University, Pittsburgh.

We hopped a west-bound commuter jet this morning and a bit more than an hour later landed in the gleaming sister city of Pittsburgh, where we’ll be speaking twice today at Point Park University  — at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at JVH Auditorium in Thayer Hall.  C’mon down — refreshments served.

 

Sure, we’ll tell you more about ‘BUSTED.’ Today via NPR & WURD

Screen Shot 2014-03-24 at 2.31.38 PMTwo radio appearances today, including NPR’s popular Tell Me More with Michel Martin, airing at 9 p.m.  on WHYY in Philadelphia (tune your radio to Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 4.22.15 PM90.9 FM) or catch it online from anywhere at http://www.whyy.org/91FM   We taped this recently when we were in Washington, D.C.

The Tell Me More interview also can be heard here via the NPR Tell Me More site.  Hear Michel Martin warn the audience: “I should mention that this conversation contains details and language that some listeners might find disturbing. ”  More likely, EVERY listener should find it disturbing.

Screen Shot 2014-03-24 at 2.07.52 PMEarlier we’ll be the guests from 4:30 to 5 p.m. today (3/24) on the Nick Taliaferro Show on WURD radio, at 900 on your AM radio dial.  Listen to us there or tune in to the online feed at www.900amWURD.com  Here’s a photo tweeted by Nick: 

@barbaralaker (left), myself, and @wendyruderman (right), authors of the book “Busted” pic.twitter.com/4XKGhBTYCN

Home sweet home at the Pen & Pencil Club

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Pen & Pencil Club on Saturday night. As we said there, we couldn’t have done it without you.

March 22, 2014, at the Pen & Pencil Club

Book signing among friends and colleagues at the Pen & Pencil Club, Philadelphia.

Wendy and Barbara, looking very happy to be at the signing table.

Wendy and Barbara, looking very happy to be at the signing table.

Wendy, Barbara, Jon Snyder

Proud to sign a copy for Jon Snyder.

Pen & Pencil Club, Philadelphia

Everyone loves a full house.

WHYY’s Dave Davies weighs in on “Busted”

A congratulatory hug on the day Pulitzer was announced in 2010.

A congratulatory hug on the day Pulitzer was announced in 2010.

When ace reporter Dave Davies left the Daily News a few years back to join WHYY, we knew we’d miss him as a colleague but that we, like everyone else, would continue to benefit from his reporting spilling over the airwaves, the internet, and his Off Mic blog on the station’s NewsWorks site. Little could we imagine back in 2010 that we’d someday be writing a book and that he would someday be giving it the big thumbs-up.  That day came this week and we’re ecstatic! Check out his blog entry Busted: how two of the best broke the big story.

Here’s an excerpt:

Busted takes you to the streets of Philadelphia, where the cops and criminals are vivid and real, and in this story, change roles often.

The book also takes you on a journey of investigative reporting, and gives you a whole new appreciation for what these two dogged journalists accomplished.

Part of it was listening to people who don’t get listened to enough. But much of it involved a relentless search through obscure records and mean streets, staying on the story until they nailed it.