Investigative journalism: Watergate's legacy & beyond
June 20, 2012
Forty years after the Watergate break-in that eventually brought down a presidency, we isolate and assess one key aspect of the scandal: investigative journalism. The Washington Post’s reporting team of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and editor Ben Bradlee gained fame and changed history with their journalistic digging. For this hour of Radio Times, we take stock of investigative journalism in the post-Watergate era: How did that story change journalism, and the public perception of it? How has investigative journalism changed since then, and what great investigative journalism continues today? Joining guest-host Tracey Matisak are JIM STEELE, one-half of Philadelphia’s own legendary investigative reporting team, with Donald Barlett; CHARLES LEWIS, founder of the Center for Public Integrity and the guiding force behind “Investigating Power,” an online, multimedia archive of great investigative journalism over the last 50 years; and EILEEN SULLIVAN, counterterrorism reporter for The Associated Press and part of the team that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for uncovering the widespread surveillance of American Muslims by the New York Police Department.