The Wrong Stuff
2007 SPJ Convention, Washington, D.C.
Duke Cunningham was a war hero, one of the most powerful members of Congress one of the most corrupt. The Copley Washington bureau exposed the millions in cash, antiques and other payoffs the California Republican took in trade for lucrative defense contracts. In six months, the congressman was behind bars. The reporting began without leaks or tips. With hunches and tenacity, a small team of reporters exposed the abuse of power and the political climate in which it thrived. Theyll share the reporting secrets that led to the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, and discuss their book, THE WRONG STUFF: The Extraordinary Saga of Randy Duke Cunningham, the Most Corrupt Congressman Ever Caught.
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