Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist to Give Talk at Ashland University

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist to Give Talk at Ashland University

3/21/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Wendy Ruderman, who along with Barbara Laker, won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for a series they wrote on police corruption for the Philadelphia Daily News, will give a presentation at Ashland University on April 24.

The event, set for 7 p.m. in the Ashbrook Center located on the eighth floor of the Library on the AU campus, is sponsored by the departments of History and Political Science and Journalism and Digital Media at Ashland University as well as the AU Honors Program and the Ashbrook Center.

The book written by Ruderman and Laker, titled “Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love,” will hit the shelves in March. It is expected to become a N.Y. Times Bestseller almost immediately.

“We are very excited because this is likely to be Wendy’s only Ohio appearance for the foreseeable future,” said Dr. John Moser, professor of history and interim director of the Graduate School.

Dr. Gretchen Dworznik, associate professor and chair of the department of journalism and digital media, agreed with Moser.

“The ability to talk to a journalist of her caliber is a really great opportunity for our Digital Media and Journalism students. It allows them to see what real journalism has the power to do," Dworznik said.

Ruderman was raised in Cherry Hill, N.J., and graduated from Western Maryland College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications in 1991. She was editor of The Williamstown Plain Dealer and, in 1993 she worked public relations at WHYT-TV. She graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism with an MS in 1997.

She worked in the statehouse bureau of The Trenton Times, Associated Press and Bergen Record. She was a staff writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer, beginning in December 2002, before joining the Philadelphia Daily News in 2008. She and Laker, her Daily News colleague, won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for the series titled “Tainted Justice.” The series brought about an FBI/Philadelphia Police internal affairs investigation.

Following the series, Ruderman took a job at the New York Times, but then returned to the Daily News in August 2013.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###