Foreign Correspondence

Brian Rosenthal - New York - The New York Times

September 8, 2019

Brian Rosenthal (@brianmrosenthal) is proof that outstanding local journalism can get you places. *THE* place in fact - The New York Times. Brian walks us through the story that got him there, a bombshell of a report on how the state of Texas systematically denied special education to 250,000 children. That story was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and landed him at the Times. He's also the star of Episode 2 of Hulu/FX's The Weekly and he tells us how was first put onto that story. Hint: It involves Michael Cohen.

He discusses growing up as a twin in Indiana (3:40), going to Northwestern where we met (8:27), his long string of journalism internships (15:47), choosing to work at The Seattle Times over The Washington Post (22:53), moving to The Houston Chronicle (27:56), how he got onto and landed his big special education story (29:17), how that story blew up and got him to the NYT (44:03), his story on speculation and abuse of the taxi medallion system in New York (52:33), and job advice for young journalists (1:02:47). And we pick his brain in the lightening round (1:07:21). 


Here are links to some of the things we talk about:

Jake on Front Burner podcast on the Amazon fires -

Brian on Ep. 2 (The Myth of the Medallion) of The Weekly -

The Houston Chronicle series Denied about special education denials -

Part 1 of the NYT's investigation into the taxi industry -

MLB Trade Rumors -

An Unbelievable Story of Rape on ProPublica -

The Atlantic story on arriving late to the airport -

Vice's "Charlottesville: Race and Terror" video -

Walt Bogdanich on Twitter - @waltbogdanich


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