Sunday, March 15, 2009
Episode #12: The Gnat and the Elephant
The March broadcast of Reform Radio airs the first of two interviews with an award-winning former business reporter for Gannett newspapers (White Plains, N.Y.), Demetrius Patterson. Patterson, who is also a graduate of the Midwest Workshop for Minority Journalists, which was sponsored by the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in the late 1980s and early 1990s, delves into the details of his demise as a reporter after breaking what should have been, perhaps, the biggest story of his journalism career. He was featured on ABC's Nightline after reporting on racism throughout General Motors management which precipitated systemic failures in its minority dealership program. After heated accusations and lengthy legal battles, Patterson learned that some stories, as documented by Into the Buzzsaw and Project Censored, are too hot for corporate America and mainstream news media. The show will be rebroadcast Thursday, March 19, at 9 a.m. (EST) on WOUB 1340 AM (www.woub.org).