Philadelphia Jewish Book Event: Barbara Laker And Wendy Ruderman In Probing Conversation With Stephen Fried

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Philadelphia Jewish Book Event: Barbara Laker And Wendy Ruderman In Probing Conversation With Stephen Fried

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Philadelphia Daily News reporters Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for their 10-month series “Tainted Justice,” an exposé of corruption that outed a rogue narcotics squad within the Philadelphia Police Department. Uncovering allegations against squad members that included lying on search warrants and robbing immigrant-owned bodegas, Ruderman and Laker ultimately drove a full-scale FBI probe. Now, in their shocking and gripping new book, BUSTED: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love, the two working mothers reveal how they unveiled one of the biggest police corruption scandals in Philadelphia’s history. Wendy Ruderman has a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Before joining the Philadelphia Daily News in 2007, she worked at several media outlets, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, WHYY-TV, and 91FM, the Trenton Times, the Associated Press, and the Bergen Record. Barbara Laker graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has worked for several newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She began working at the Philadelphia Daily News in 1993, and has been a general assignment reporter, an assistant city editor, and an investigative reporter. Stephen Fried is an award-winning investigative journalist and essayist, and an adjunct professor at Columbia University's graduate school of journalism. He is the author of the highly praised books Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia, Bitter Pills: Inside the Hazardous World of Legal Drugs, The New Rabbi, and Husbandry: Sex, Love & Dirty Laundry—Inside the Minds of Married Men. His latest book is Appetite for America : Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West--One Meal at a Time, which was named one of the ten best books of 2010 by the Wall Street Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

By: Stephen Fried

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