The Future of News with Frank Sesno Investigative Journalism: How Will it Survive?
The Future of News with Frank Sesno

Investigative Journalism: How Will it Survive?

October 24, 2009
Location: Knight TV Studio

Guests: Bob Woodward and Bill Buzenberg

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"I don't think people want to live in darkness … they want to live in light. And so they will insist on good information and … accountability reporting of those who have power in government, business or even power in the media."
— Bob Woodward

"Investigative reporting … is in crisis. … There is still some great investigative work being done … but I think in general, and particularly regional [and at the] local levels … that's where we see less of this."
— Bill Buzenberg

Program Summary

As newsrooms around the country downsize, investigative reporting is facing a crisis. The Washington Post's Bob Woodward and Bill Buzenberg of the Center for Public Policy, take a close look at what investigative reporting means in keeping government and business accountable.

About Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward, an associate editor at The Washington Post, is one of the country's preeminent investigative reporters and nonfiction authors. In 1972, he and Post reporter Carl Bernstein wrote a series of Pulitzer Prize-winning articles on a burglary at the Watergate office building that resulted in the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon.

About Bill Buzenberg

Bill Buzenberg is the executive director of the Center for Public Integrity, an investigative news organization based in Washington, D.C. Before joining CPI, Buzenberg was vice president of news at National Public Radio, where he helped launch "Talk of the Nation" and extended NPR's daily newscasts to 24 hours.

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Center for Public Integrity:
The Center for Investigative Reporting:
New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University:
Investigative Reporting Workshop:
The Journalism School at Columbia University:

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