Solid investigative journalism

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Paul Pringle recounts the story of how he and a team of journalists at the Los Angeles Times followed up on a tip involving drug use by the dean of the USC medical school and uncovered widespread coverups of misbehavior. The team was dogged in their pursuit of reporting what had happened and battles their own editors and publisher as well as the USC administration. It’s easy to read this and think that looking the other way when faculty members were committing crimes was unique to USC. However, Pringle points out that similar situations occurred at Penn State with the Jerry Sandusky scandal at at the University of Michigan with Larry Nassau. While many of the details of the USC story are sordid, Pringle’s narrative is highly readable and it was easy to follow the thread of the investigation.

Thank you to Celadon Books for providing me with a copy of Bad City.